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Are We Living in Another (Better) Golden Age of the TV Antihero?

We went through a golden age of antiheroes in the early 2000s, but how has that character changed on TV? The early 2000s were dominated by Tony Soprano, Dexter, and all of the characters on The Wire. Those shows were followed by Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Vick Mackey from The Shield. These were groundbreaking series that followed mostly male antiheroes and helped change the landscape. People stopped forcing a narrative about rooting for characters and instead embraced an interesting world. Now, in 2020, that narrative is changing again. The prioritization of male antiheroes has been less emphasized, allowing more room for women to enter the story. There's also less emphasis on redeeming qualities; people can be brutal without needing to have a softer side. And there's also diversity in mediums that were never available earlier. You can be an antihero in half-hour comedies, animated shows, and web series, as well as the 60-minute drama. This ushered in a new era of the antihero, one that has offered us another golden age of television. Read More...

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Published By: NoFilmSchool - Friday, 29 May

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