The Evolution Of Narrative Complexity In Us Tv

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The complex narrative structure is usually used by television shows to add interest by complicating the story. It can occur when the show uses casually unrelated narratives to work together to bring thematic unity. This would usually involve two or three more narratives, each with their own set of characters. There is usually little or no interaction of characters or narrative events, simply two or three narratives existing alongside each other. This can sometimes be a problem for some viewers as it is common that they might lose track of what’s going on. Because there are so much more characters and so many stories happening at once, there is a lot more attention needed from the audience to keep track of the various narratives. In order to give the audience some sort of closure, there is usually an event of some sort at the end of the story that brings all the characters to one location or at least effects them all in some way. Another way narrative complexity is shown to us is by interlaying many flashbacks, or introducing stories within stories to make the story diverge from a central plot line while maintaining thematic unity. Examples of narrative complexity are ‘The Sopranos’, ‘The Wire’, ‘Breaking Bad’ and the lesser known (and probably the most narratively complex television show there is) ‘Damages’. The early days of American television was a time when a lot of hour-long anthology drama series were the most popular and often received great critical acclaim. With series such as ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ and the ‘Walt Disney’ anthology series dominating during the mid 1950s and early 1960s, this period of television was viewed as the ‘Golden Age’. The 1960s and 1970s saw the beginning of more complex narrative formats which we see dominating television these days. The first serial drama came in the form of ‘Peyton Place’, which was

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