One of my favorite questions when beginning the tour of a new Tv show is asking: Who is this for? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve meet myself less interested in what a show is attempting to say and more mesmerized by who it’s attempting to speak to. It’s not so much about the content for me, but its direction.
For a long time–too long, really–the answers were predictably anemic, and shortfall contrast. In more recent years, the responses have extended fantastically. Sometimes the answer is rooted in gender( Mad Men, Girls ), other ages it’s overlooked societies( Queen Sugar, Pose ). More and more, as the holocaust towers closer, the answer has pointed to sci-fi admirers( Black Mirror, Stranger Things ), and even millennials who were responsible, or aspire to work, in print journalism( The Bold Type ). If we’re lucky, which is not as infrequent as one might assume–there’s a ton of good TV buried in the streaming sewage–the answers overlap, and we get a series like Ramy or Jane the Virgin or Killing Eve.