Schedule

Week 1 • Introduction: Why Study TV? 1/11, 1/13

In Class: Television and Genre

Viewing Homework: Twin Peaks, Season 1, Episodes 1-5

Assignment #1: Register on Course Website

Week 2 • High/Low: The Politics & Economics Of Aesthetic Form 1/18, 1/20

In Class: The Prisoner, X-Files

Viewing Homework: Twin Peaks, Season 1, Episodes 6-8, Season 2, Episodes 1-3

Week 3 • Participatory Culture and Multiple Authorship 1/25, 1/27

In Class: X-Files, Twin Peaks

Viewing Homework: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episodes 1, 3, 6-7, 9-10

Week 4 • Experiments in Serialization 2/1, 2/3

In Class: Twin Peaks, My So-Called Life

Viewing Homework: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episodes 13-15, 17, 19, 21

Writing Assignment #1: Formal analysis. Due at the start of class 2/1

Week 5 • Experiments in Serialization 2/8, 2/10

In Class: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Viewing Homework: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode 22, Season 4, Episodes 10, 17, Season 5, Episode 16, Season 6 Episode 7, Season 7, Episode 7

Reading Assignment: “Her Body, Himself” (complete prior to class on 2/15)

Week 6 • Experiments in Serialization 2/15, 2/17

In Class: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter

Viewing Homework: The Sopranos, Season 1, Episodes 1-6

Reading Assignment: “Her Body, Himself” (complete prior to class on 2/15)

Week 7 • Living the American Dream: The Politics of Assimilation 2/22, 2/24

In Class: The Sopranos

Viewing Homework: The Sopranos, Season 1, Episodes 7-12

Guest Speaker: Amber Benson

Week 8 • Living the American Dream: The Politics of Assimilation 3/1, 3/3

In Class: The Sopranos

Reading Assignment: “Gaming The Sopranos” and “Getting High with The Sopranos” (complete prior to class on 3/3)

Viewing Homework: Big Love Season 2, Episode 1, Mad Men Season 1, Episode 9, Deadwood Season 1, Episode 3, Deadwood Featurette: The New Language of the Old West

Week 9 • Living the American Dream: The Politics of Assimilation 3/8, 3/10

In Class: Big Love, Mad Men, Deadwood

Midterm Exam

Viewing Homework: The Wire, Season 4, Episodes 1-5

Week 10 • Civilization and its Discontents: The Politics of Community 3/15, 3/17

In Class: The Wire

Viewing Homework: The Wire, Season 4, Episodes 6-10; Optional: The Wire, Season 4, Episodes 11-13

Week 11 • Civilization and its Discontents: The Politics of Community 3/29, 3/31

In Class: The Wire

Guest Speaker: Seth Gilliam

Viewing Homework: Battlestar Galactica, Season 1, Episode 1, Season 1, Episode 2, Season 3, Episodes 1-5

Proposal for Critical Analysis Due 3/31 at the start of class

Week 12 • Civilization and its Discontents: The Politics of Community 4/5, 4/7

In Class: Battlestar Galactica

Guest Speaker: Richard Hatch

Viewing Homework: Battlestar Galactica Season 2, Episode 10, Webisodes: Face of the Enemy, Season 3, Episode 6; Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7, Episode 7, Firefly Season 1, Episodes 4 and 6

Week 13 • Civilization and its Discontents: The Politics of Community 4/12, 4/14

In Class: Battlestar Galactica, Firefly

Guest Speakers: Jane Espenson

Viewing Homework: Firefly

Week 14 • Outsiders: The Politics of Resistence 4/19, 4/21

In Class: Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars

Creative Projects Due 4/19 at start of class

Week 15 • Outsiders: The Politics of Resistence 4/26, 4/28

In Class: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Final Draft of Critical Analysis Due 5/2 by 3pm