ENG 112, Discussion of a TV show

timer Asked: Jul 5th, 2015

Question Description

  • TV Show Analysis Essay Overview

    First, you will create an outline for a 700-800 word analysis essay on the theme of gender in the family TV show you watched. Then, you will then use this outline to develop the analysis essay due at the end of this week.

    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.


    To learn about MLA formatting, integration of sources, and MLA documentation, please visit links for MLA Documentation and MLA Resources in General Resources in theUnit and General Resources in the main menu.

  •  Outline for Television Show Analysis Essay

    1. Write a detailed sentence outline for an analytical essay using information from your notes on the TV show you watched and from discussion in the TV Show Discussion Forum. 
    2. Please review the information on Outlines in General Resources in Unit and General Resources link. Make sure you use MLA format. (All your papers must use this format.) 
    3. This outline is a close analysis that will use specific supporting examples from the episodes you watched. You may also include quotes or paraphrases from the selected readings, as long as you cite them correctly. 
    4. Your sentence outline should:
      • Have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion
      • Include the titles of the shows and the episodes (accurately cited according to MLA) (Note: show titles are underlined or italicized and episodes are within quotation marks)
      • Include a clear thesis statement in the Introduction (See sample thesis statement above).
      • Topic sentences for each body paragraph that make arguments that support the thesis
      • Provide, under the topic sentence, specific supporting examples from the episodes (and, optionally, quotes/paraphrases from the readings)
      • Include a conclusion that is related to the thesis
    5. Save your outline as an .rtf file on your computer and submit it as an attachment here by clicking the BLUE link above. Be sure to click the Submit button or I won't receive your file. Your posting will appear as a green exclamation point in the gradebook. When I have finished offering feedback on your outline, you may view my comments by re-clicking the link above.



    Developing an outline helps you brainstorm for ideas and gather and collate your points into a comprehensive organization.  This will help you develop a focused analysis essay due at the end of this unit.

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