The rise of a genre

Television has spawned a new genre of comedy that is bringing in the ratings.  This new genre is called mockumentary and numerous shows have been developed recently based off this unique concept.  The genre is beginning to replace previous television hits such as sitcoms, officeparkscomedy-drama and reality TV.

The term mockumentary was created to describe the shows filming style of being a “fake documentary.”  The show is filmed often by a moving camera which follows the lives of a group of people.  The unique part of it is that the characters are aware that they are being filmed.  The characters often talk directly to the camera.  This gives the viewer the idea that they are watching a documentary, although the events are completely fictional.

One of the first mockumentary series is called The Office and it was released in Britain.  NBC studios later created an adaptation to the British comedy with a new American version.  The show became a quick success and is currently airing their sixth season.   NBC also created a new show called Parks and Recreation which has the same mockumentary premise.  Parks and Recreation is currently airing its first season with reasonable success.  Recently, the mockumentary genre has continued to spread with the release of a show on ABC called Modern Family.  This show has a different feel than the NBC productions, although the style of filming is basically the same.

I personally enjoy the style of filming and think it gives a unique perspective to fictional television shows.  I would not be surprised if more networks started to release mockumentary series.  This can be a good thing as long it does not escalate into an overused genre.

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One response to “The rise of a genre

  1. Content: 2 First off, the lead should be condensed. Try turing the first three lines into one sentence. The idea is good, but you haven’t related it to journalism. It’s an easy leap, but you have to make it to get content points.
    Links: 3 I’m going to give you full points here, but only this time as a warning. It’s quite dull just to link to TV shows. Link to an excerpt from the show that highlights the point you are making. Now that has value for a reader. I couldn’t get there easily myself. As a blogger you want to become indispensable to your reader.
    Grammar: 2 the shows filming style — you need a possessive ‘s here.
    In your last graph, the I personally is both redundant and a perfect example of an unneeded adverb.

    Finally, your writing style is flat. Go back and look at your sentences. Many can be combined into one. Like these:
    The term mockumentary was created to describe the shows filming style of being a “fake documentary.” The show is filmed often by a moving camera which follows the lives of a group of people. The unique part of it is that the characters are aware that they are being filmed. The characters often talk directly to the camera. This gives the viewer the idea that they are watching a documentary, although the events are completely fictional.

    This is dull for the reader because each sentence returns to the last rather than pushing ahead. You have limited space. Use it well.

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