Children’s TV shows are typically designed to improve their viewers’ cognitive, social and moral development.
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Many children’s educational shows undergo pre-screening to make sure each episode delivers its intended message. Adult viewers watching alongside kids can help ensure the lessons are well received.
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We’re all familiar with a green ‘G’ or a red ‘MA’ on a movie poster, but those ratings don’t have any basis in what we know about child development. They’d be much more useful for parents if they did.
The death of Matthew Perry has seen old and new fans reflect on the legacy of a television classic.
Michael Oher and his family celebrate his selection by the Baltimore Ravens at the 2009 NFL Draft.
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Publishers and studios routinely pay large sums to acquire ‘life story rights.’ Two law scholars explain why the phrase is misleading.
Ruth Wilson as Lorna Brady.
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Set in the fictional town of Kilkinure in western Ireland, the BBC drama captures the story of an unmarried mother who was formerly detained in a Magdalene Laundry.
Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong in season two of Schmigadoon!.
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Compared to the dopamine-fest of season one, Josh and Melissa’s situation in season two feels bleak.
The contestants’ relationships with nature clearly shape their actions. As armchair experts, each of us may reflect on our own relationship with nature and how we would act in the same situation.
School children walk along a quiet street in Nakano, Tokyo.
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Seeing Japanese parents send toddlers out on their own to do errands has shocked viewers. But not that long ago our neighbourhoods were also child-friendly, and we can make them so again.
‘Abbott Elementary’ takes place in the Philadelphia school district.
In ABC’s ‘Abbott Elementary,’ Philadelphia schoolteachers go above and beyond for their students – just like real-life urban schoolteachers do every day, says one scholar.
Bob Saget, top left, was affectionately called ‘America’s Dad’ for his role as Danny Tanner in the sitcom ‘Full House.’
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A contrast to the bumbling and immature fathers commonly found on sitcoms, Bob Saget’s character on ‘Full House’ reflected a shift in expectations of fatherhood that began in the late 1970s.
A group of policemen in Marseille, France, pass in front of a bus shelter featuring a poster from the television series ‘Paris Police 1900’.
The classic cop show is now a problematic genre, but if it can change, then perhaps real world policing can too.
In buying MGM, Amazon is clearly demonstrating its ambition to dethrone Netflix and the race for the top spot in the video-on-demand market has never been tighter.
In the war to secure exclusive content, the ability to invest in the acquisition or production of original content has become crucial ammunition.
During a pandemic, what would MacGyver do? He’d cobble together masks and ventilators from the things around him. Now health-care workers are doing the same. But there are risks.
Bojack Horseman and Princess Caroline with her adopted hedgehog child.
Since medieval times, animals have been used by storytellers to teach humans about themselves.
Rowan Atkinson’s character is as original as ever.
Mr Bean made its television debut on January 1 1990. Thirty years on, the pilot episode still captures all that is great about Rowan Atkinson’s character.
Actress Olivia Wilde plays reporter Kathy Scruggs in ‘Richard Jewell.’
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The persistence of this trope might say something about the barriers women in media continue to face.
Pictured from left to right are ‘Friends’ cast members Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.
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Since ‘Friends’ premiered 25 years ago, both the television industry and the sitcom genre have undergone huge transformations.
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Gauche and awkward, a media star for the 21st century.
Will and Grace are out of retirement – along with a host of other TV characters.
‘Will & Grace,’ ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Fuller House,’ ‘Arrested Development’ – the list goes on. If we’re in the midst of a TV renaissance, why are networks and their viewers looking to the past?
Kelly Reilly as the Briton warrior Kerra in Britannia.
The new TV show Britannia dramatises the second Roman invasion of Britain. It captures the core elements of the story (despite inaccuracies) but recent archaeological finds offer thrilling insights into this time.