Media Literate Television Shows

Media Literacy encompasses so many different sections that it can be hard to manage and grasp at times. What’s important is that it’s the ability to understand and analyze the messages we see in media. People create media to tell a story with a particular message (or messages) in mind. It’s a way for people to express opinions, values, and ideas to a larger audience. It’s through this means that media has helped shape global culture for better or worse. We consume media like its chocolate which can be dangerous because in those instances we don’t notice the duds. It’s this immediate consumption of media that inspired me to write down a comprehensive list of the most influential and media literate shows round. Media Literacy is my passion, its my drive, and its my end goal to promote it’s importance in a progressing society and global culture. We have to know what we are watching and what shows have helped shape societal values, and the foundations within their own industries. Being a Media Literate Scholar I took it upon myself to have watched all of these shows. This means that I also wanted to take the time to compile a list of some of the most important television series for anyone with a keen interest in media literacy to watch and understand. The shows in this compendium are notable for their prestige, depth, complexity, writing, and strong themes/messages/motifs.

So please check out this list and seriously check these series out. In my opinion, they showcase the very best of what has been accomplished in the television industry. These are series that are renowned for their quality, influence, and lasting legacy on our current television landscape.

I also want to have this continually updated with new entries so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

  1. 30 Rock
  2. Adventure Time
  3. Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  4. Arrested Development
  5. Avatar the Last Airbender
  6. Band of Brothers
  7. Batman Beyond
  8. Batman the Animated Series
  9. Black Adder
  10. Black Mirror
  11. Blackish
  12. Bojack Horseman
  13. Boy Meets World
  14. Breaking Bad
  15. Cheers
  16. Cowboy Bebop
  17. Deadwood
  18. Deathnote
  19. Dr. Who
  20. Dragonball Z
  21. Faulty Towers
  22. Firefly
  23. FLCL
  24. Frasier
  25. Fringe
  26. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  27. Futurama
  28. Game of Thrones
  29. Glee
  30. Gravity Falls
  31. Gurren Lagan
  32. House of Cards
  33. Hunter x Hunter
  34. John Adams
  35. King of the Hill
  36. Lost
  37. Luther
  38. M.A.S.H
  39. Mad Men
  40. Married with Children
  41. Modern Family
  42. My Hero Academia
  43. Naruto
  44. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  45. One Piece
  46. Parks and Recreation
  47. Psycho Pass (Season 1)
  48. Red vs Blue
  49. Rome
  50. Rosanne
  51. Sailor Moon
  52. Samurai Jack
  53. Saved by the Bell
  54. Seinfeld
  55. Sherlock
  56. Sons of Anarchy
  57. Spaced
  58. Spongebob Squarepants
  59. Star Trek (All of the iterations)
  60. Stein’s Gate
  61. Stranger Things
  62. The Crown
  63. The Flintstones
  64. The Jetsons
  65. The Legend of Korra
  66. The Newsroom
  67. The Office
  68. The Shield
  69. The Simpsons
  70. The Sopranos
  71. The Wire
  72. Twilight Zone
  73. Twin Peaks
  74. X-Files
  75. One Punch Man
  76. Hey Arnold
  77. Recess
  78. Kim Possible
  79. Sens8
  80. Grey’s Anatomy


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