Film Genres: The Golden Age of Binge-Watching

Prerequisite: None. 42 classroom hours.

FLM 203 A : Thur

For the last 20 years television has offered viewers complex storylines, slick production values, top-notch acting, snappy dialogue, and enough sex and violence to compete with any movie. In this class we acknowledge the quality and artistry of the medium, and discuss how it evolved, including the creative freedom of cable (the “HBO effect”) as well as changes in technology, audience expectations, viewing habits, and distribution methods, such as streaming. Focusing primarily on American serialized dramas, we will sample episodes from The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and more. Grading is based on attendance, participation in discussions, a midterm quiz, a final quiz, and a term paper. Extensive outside viewing of television episodes is required.

Class begins January 12, 2017
Tuition: $615 (discounted to $575 if registered and payed in full ON-LINE by Sunday Jan. 1, 2017.)