Psychology Today: Can Television Shows Become Classics?

by William Irwin, Ph.D., and David Kyle Johnson, Ph.D.

Popular culture has the bad reputation of being disposable junk that is used and forgotten. In 1954 when the Marxist critic Theodor Adorno dismissed the medium of television he didn’t even reference the titles of shows, never mind the names of the shows’ writers and producers.1¬†We’ve come a long way in our appreciation of television since Adorno, but still the vast majority of television is disposable. Can some of it, though, survive to become classic?

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