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How television is changing the rom-com

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The League says

Just as television shows of old shifted from clear black & white characters led by righteous and infallible heroes to more realistic, complex character dramas (see: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc) it is long time for Rom Com's to make a similar shift and display relationships for what they truly are, not the idealistic 'man/woman of dreams' fantasy that has kept the heads of too many in the clouds

Kremilek2 in reply to The League says

I think that people interested in rom-com usually want to see happy endings and like that characters are not too complicated since it enables them to identify with them more easily. The purpose of this genre is not to educated people but to provide them with easily digested material for relaxation.

Just as television shows of old shifted from clear black & white characters... ...to more realistic, complex character dramas (see: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc)
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You are mentioning subscription shows, not television.
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Funny how movies aren't doing that.
The most popular ones seem to be infallible comic book heroes.
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NSFTL
Regards

CA-Oxonian

Fawlty Towers is remembered so favorably precisely because Cleese and co understood that after twelve episodes they'd mined out the mother lode and had nothing more to say. It would be a very healthy thing for TV series in general to understand that the classic US "it's a hit so we'll run the arc across seven series to maximize ad revenues" usually leads to very poor outcomes. One need only think of the tedious Waddling Dead to see that the truth of this applies even to genres that initially have slightly more potential than your typical soap opera. As with so many things in life it's better to leave a little too soon than far, far too late.

guest-saiaejj

Good classical rom-com have indeed emigrated to television but are (almost) not to be found on the American TV channels any more. Anyone who has seen Korean dramas, Japanese dramas, Taiwanese dramas ... knows that rom-com do truly shrive in Asia. There are funny, sexy, often well written and almost always with closure.

In America rom-com seems to be a severely un cool genre nowadays. You either get the depressing Judd Apatow type or the Christmas over sugary story. I do not know which one is the most unsatisfying.