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A Guide to Popular TV Dramas: Part 3


Whereas all procedural shows are close ended episodes, serial dramas are the complete opposite. A show with an ongoing storyline where not all loose ends are tied up in a neat little bow by episode’s end. In order to sustain the longevity of the show, each episode ends in a cliffhanger and character arcs and multiple subplots take time to develop over the course of half (generally 12 or 13 episodes) or a full season (22-24 episodes). A binge viewing is recommended in order to fully comprehend the story as a whole. This type of TV requires viewers to watch the show from the very beginning in order to understand what is happening. If you missed an episode, it is advisable to view the previous episode before catching the newest one. To that end, this is what I refer to as appointment television.

Below is a list of SOME of the RECOMMENDED popular dramas available at the Niles Library!

24 (Though the 9th season has yet to be released on DVD, you can catch all previous 8 seasons here).

Set in real time, this popular action drama follows the adventures of counter-terrorist agent, Jack Bauer, as he thwarts terrorist attacks both foreign and domestic over the course of a day. If you enjoy intriguing mysteries, edgy and spectacular action, and high stakes drama, you will thoroughly enjoy this show! The twists and turns are a mile a minute.

Game of Thrones

Based on a series of novels by George R.R. Martin, this highly rated cable drama currently airing on cable today is a fantasy drama that chronicles several noble houses as they vie for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. *Because of the complexity of this show, this synopsis only scratches the surface of the show. For more in depth information about this series, please click on this link.

The Walking Dead: Season 1; Season 2; and Season 3

Follows several survivors of a post apocalyptic world over run by the titular characters. Don’t let the title fool you, despite dealing with the walking dead, this is as much a character drama as it is about surviving a zombie apocalypse. You’ll get a healthy dose of horror and action if you’re a fan of the genre, but the focus is as much about the personal demons of the characters as it is about the mindless walking dead.

American Horror Story

A horror anthology series with each season a self contained mini-series that follows a different set of characters each season set in a different locale. If you’re a fan of a straight up horror, then this is for you. A genuinely effective scary show.


A political espionage thriller. Chronicles a CIA Operations Officer who suspects that a returned prisoner of war maybe a traitor for Al-Qaeda and possibly a threat to the U.S. This show was created by the producers of 24, with focus on political intrigue. Action takes a backseat in this series.

Click here to read Part One of this blog series!

Click here to read Part Two of this blog series!

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