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Liberal or Conservative: Treme or CSI: Miami?

December 30, 2011

A survey done by Experian-Simmons a few weeks back caught my eye as I was looking through the headlines. There in the entertainment section was something about Treme and CSI: Miami. Huh?

I will confess that here at this house, on occasion we watch CSI: Miami. Contrary to the producers’ aims, we usually crack a beer and watch it as a comedy. I mean, please, how funny is David Caruso and his sunglasses. Nevermind what had been dubbed the crime lab’s “woot woot” machine. You know. The super shiny insta-fingerprint-dna-mugshot-photo enhancement-perpetrator finder? C’mon. With all that orange and blue gelled chrome, they push a button and voila, there’s the guy who did it, prompting Caruso to utter an inane but hysterically funny line, while standing sideways, putting his sunglasses on, looking fierce and walking out.. (Hmm, he has orange hair and blue eyes. Did he choose the gels for the lights?) As H acts as a combination SWAT team, first responder, social worker, righteous homicide detective, gun expert AND crime scene honcho, one can’t do anything but laugh uproariously.

But I digress.

According to the survey, a person’s television viewing habits can hint at their political leanings. I don’t think I’d disagree, but nevertheless found the lists of shows they mentioned loads of fun. They broke it down into Favorite Shows: Liberal or Conservative and Least Favorite Shows: Liberal or Conservative. Perhaps these are new Emmy categories.

Here are the lists:

Favorite Shows/Liberal Democrats

Daily Show
Colbert Report
30 Rock
Parks and Recreation
The View (huh?)
Modern Family
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Cougar Town
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

FavoriteShows/Conservative Republicans

Swamp Loggers
Top Shot
The Bachelor
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy
American Pickers
Swamp People
The Middle
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Biggest Loser
Hawaii Five-O

Least Favorite/Conservative Republicans

Daily Show
Colbert Report
South Park
General Hospital (really?)
Family Guy
Jersey Shore (well, who doesn’t hate that?)
The Walking Dead (don’t get me started on the writing this season)

Least Favorite/Liberal Democrats

Swamp Loggers
Dog the Bounty Hunter
COPS (now shooting in New Orleans, how lovely)
The Ultimate Fighter
The Price is Right
Kitchen Nightmares
Secret Life of the American Teenager
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Adventures

I found several articles about all this but my favorite was Matthew Cochrane over at Conservative21 who summed it up thus: “If you’re a liberal, you most likely enjoy half-hour sitcoms and comedy talk shows. Meanwhile, conservatives tend to enjoy reality-based competitions, crime dramas and reality shows that feature work and jobs.”

Well, clearly liberals have a short attention span, what with the half hour sitcoms and the comedy talks shows, so I’m not sure how Treme got on this list at all. Oh yeah and apparently liberals aren’t much into watching cops arrest people or watching one guy beat the living tar out of another inside a cage. Go figure.

So, depending on your political bent, you can watch the entire Treme Season 2 on HBO Signature New Year’s Day (if your attention will hold) or you can find a PPV Cage Match somewhere and start your New Year off with a little good old fashioned blood lust.

If all that is overwhelming, you can always find a CSI:Miami re-run and practice sideways walking through doorways over that Bloody Mary that’ll be curing your hangover. It’s always good for a laugh.

  1. December 30, 2011 1:35 pm

    Interesting study.
    I’d be hesitant to make broadbrush assumptions on the “political” connotations to this, but in American culture, “liberal” and “conservative” mean something really unrelated to ideology.

    From that list, it makes sense that a certain type of person gravitates to a particular narrative. Naturally, “these people”, based on the way they see the world around them, hold a particular “political” definition.

    Your typical conservative in America has a monochrome way of looking at things, largely absent of nuance, and is has little stomach for anything than absolutism. This would naturally gravitate towards the simple-mindedness of the Shakespearean plots offered by CSI and the like, while tiring quickly of a Greek tragedy like Treme.

  2. December 31, 2011 3:40 pm

    I watch not a single one of these show, whether broadcast or dvd or other means. Not. One.

    Except Treme.

    What does this meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeean???????? Ha.

    Love, C.

  3. January 3, 2012 2:41 pm

    And what does it mean if you watch I Survived, Mystery Diagnosis, Disappeared, Most Evil, Cold Blood, Deadly Women, Deranged, Wicked Attraction and Unusual Suspects, huh? Where’s _my_ category?

  4. doctorj2u permalink
    January 12, 2012 8:39 pm

    I know exactly why conservatives would not be a fan of “Treme”. They consider the devastation of New Orleans totally in political terms. It was the “liberal” press trying to dirty their president. When more truth came out, it was, “Well, why should you live in a below sea level city?” How do I know this? Because I was a diehard Republican that was also a New Orleanian. I fought everyday for over three years standing up for my city. I saw the truth with my own eyes. I don’t believe in any political party anymore. Both deserted us in preference of political expediency. The lesson is we are on our own; all of us. As to the TV list, I lean towards the Democratic ones, except for the paranormal shows. As I said, I am a New Orleanian, and the other side (deminsion)is always there.

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