Do Your Homework in Front of the TV
June 10, 2011
If you play your cards right, you could possibly stumble into a class that requires you to watch television for homework. Here are a few of the shows that have inspired academic study over the years.
- Mad Men — If you’ve ever watched the award-winning AMC drama, you know it’s loaded with both history lessons and social themes—perfect material for a class at Northwestern University.
- South Park — Maybe it’s offensive, but the Comedy Central hit is filled with social commentary, and prompted a course at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College.
- Judge Judy — Your aunt’s favorite afternoon court show was also studied by UC Berkeley students, if only for the purpose of identifying logical fallacies.
- The Muppet Show — UC Santa Cruz’s course “Muppet Magic: Jim Henson’s Art” explored the legacy of Henson, as well as the impact of puppetry on American culture.
- LOST — Fans of the show kept track of its literary and cultural references for years, but a University of North Florida class called “The Infinite Narrative” gave credit for it.