TV Show Analysis Essay

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In the next two weeks your will create an outline for a 750-1000 word analysis essay on theme of gender in the family TV show you watched, submit the outline for my feedback, and develop the analysis essay.

Your essay will include a clear thesis and well developed key ideas with topic sentences and supporting examples. The essay will also follow the conventional organization of the following three elements:

Introduction: introduces the subject/s being analyzed and, in a thesis statement, states the reason for the analysis and the main ideas/claims that support that reason. Your thesis should be the last sentence in the introduction paragraph. Please underline your thesis.

Body: contains at least three body paragraphs that begin with topic sentences (supporting arguments) that prove your thesis. Each topic sentence should be a reason why your thesis is true.

Conclusion: summarizes the analysis and explains new understanding.

Suggestions to develop the body of the essay:

  • Analyze the characters' representations of gender (summary does not belong in an analysis!)
  • The thesis and topic sentences should be the strongest, most analytical sentences in your essay.
  • Support each point with specific examples and details from the episodes you watched
  • Relate each point of analysis back to the thesis
  • Follow a clear organizational pattern
  • Include transitional words and phrases to make your observations clear

Sample thesis statement (Gilmore Girls)

Lorelai in Gilmore Girls fulfills the stereotypical gender role of the mother; however, she also goes against societal expectations by fulfilling the unconventional roles of father and peer.


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Gender Stereotyping: Everybody Loves Raymond
In most cases, television shows paint the picture of how societies live, as well as the
several issues that affect people as they interact with one another. The depiction of gender roles
in television is usually an accurate reflection of what happens in real-life. Most popular TV
sitcoms from the 1990s to the 2000s showed a heavily patriarchal American society. The popular
sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond for instance describes an American family from the mid1990s into the early 2000s in which male characters were accorded much respect and reverence
and were believed to be the sole decision-makers in their homes (de Heredia). In this show, men
are given a masculine and dominating role while the women are depicted as being weak and
dependent on the male characters for guidance. Despite the advancement in television drama,
many of the popular TV dramas still maintain these traditional stereotyping themes in the shows.
Without a doubt, Everybody Loves Raymond conveys the stereotypical depiction of men as dumb
and only interested in sex, and women as responsib...

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