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Last week, Gawker posted this handy spectrum of the most Liberal and Conservative shows on television. I thought it raised some interesting questions based on some curious assumptions.

  • 30 Rock is arguably the most liberal show on television, there’s no disputing that. If there were any doubt, take another look at the liberal-tastic episode, “Hardball,” and Bush-bashing season finale, “Cooter.” The show is the wet-dream of what television-smarties like to call the slumpie audience. Slumpie is an acronym for socially-liberal, urban-minded, professionals. NBC was a network by and for slumpies in the mid-to late ’90s (think Mad About You, The Single Guy, Friends, Will & Grace) and to some extent, it’s Thursday night line-up still is.
  • Anyone else curious as to why The Hills made it so far to the right? The Gawker folks apparently stuck it there because there Heidi Montag supports John McCain and because of the show’s lack of ethnic diversity and gay people and it’s general themese of excess. I suppose that makes sense but that seems like an awkward fit to me. If I were a conservative I’d balk at the implication.
  • As far as patterns go, I think in general, Gawker got it right. However, the task is relatively easy when you’re only listing a few shows.

So my questions to the peanut gallery:

  • What does it mean for a show to be liberal/conservative? Is it in the content, the characters, the topics, the dialogue? Or does it start at the top with the creators and the network?
  • Where does your favorite show fall on the spectrum and do you think its audience falls in the same place? For instance, 24 is one of the my favorite shows but I would put myself on the far left of the spectrum. Curious no?
  • And what can be said for reality competitions? Do they have a place at all on the chart? Is Project Runway more liberal than The Biggest Loser ?

It’s things like this that keep me up at night.

Image: Gawker.com

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