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Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television

The Velvet Light Trap This model of television storytelling is distinct for its use of narrative complexity as an alternative to the conventional episodic and serial forms that have typified most American television since its inception. We can see such innovative narrative form in popular hits of recent decades from Seinfeld to Lost , West Wing to The X-Files , as well as in critically beloved but ratings-challenged shows like Arrested Development , Veronica Mars , Boomtown , and Firefly. Clearly, these shows offer an alternative to conventional television narrative—the purpose of this essay is to chart out the formal attributes of this storytelling mode, explore its unique pleasures and patterns of comprehension, and suggest a range of reasons for its emergence in the s. In trying to understand the storytelling practices of contemporary American television, we might consider narrative complexity as a distinct narrational mode, as suggested by David Bordwell's analysis of film narrative. For Bordwell, a "narrational mode is a historically distinct set of norms of narrational construction and comprehension," one that crosses genres, specific creators, and artistic movements to forge a coherent category of practices.

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Surely our idea of what is good quality TV also depends on our own separate tastes, as explored last week. Jason Mittell states:. This model of television storytelling is distinct for its use of narrative complexity as an alternative to the conventional episodic and serial forms that have typified most American television since its inception. As discussed in the lecture, this long-form narrative is best encapsulated in HBO productions. In his article Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television , Mittell makes several arguments about complex narratives.

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