Crime and drama are types of show which have as its primary focus or heroes' people whose main occupation is to investigate, punish or commit crimes, especially homicide, assault, robbery, or racketeering. Television has seen plenty of producers, writers and viewers attracted to crime and deviance. The crime drama series is not an unchanging structure but develops in an intricate relationship with audiences, media institutions, social contexts, and other genres. Crime drama series’ structure often begins with some strains to the social order by criminal forces. Historically police officers or “cops” are good, and the criminals are bad.
Horror has been a mainstay of television programming since the 1950s. The casual horror fan will no doubt be familiar with shows like Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, perhaps Night Gallery and more recently, X-Files and Masters of Horror; but they would be surprised to know of so many other horror shows that were part and parcel of television’s past: the first ever horror show, Thriller (hosted by Boris Karloff from 1960-62), One Step Beyond (which beat Twilight Zone to the airs by nine months, debuting on July 4, 1961), The Veil, Mystery and Imagination and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Kids TV covers a lot of different types of programmes, from animation, puppets, real life dramas and various other types of content. This genre is massive and is aimed at kids from a very early age to teens. Some of the content is also enjoyed by adults, especially the live dramas aimed at teens. Basically, anyone in the family can enjoy Kids TV and have a great time watching.
Music TV is not as big an industry as it used to be, but with the advent of digital channels - the big players such as MTV, Viva, 4Music have a good range of output including music videos and studio talk shows. The music TV studio environment is similar to entertainment, comedy and children’s TV productions - only with a higher importance given to sound recording if there’s a band performing. Music TV studios probably won’t employ as many crews as other studio genres or be hosted by as higher profile presenters as the big entertainment shows.
Science fiction and Fantasy (sometimes shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction that typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extra-terrestrial life. It has been called the "literature of ideas", and often explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations. Science fiction, whose roots go back to ancient times, is related to fantasy, horror, and superhero fiction, and contains many subgenres.
TV comedy content comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes including sitcoms, panel shows, stand up, satire and sketch shows. Most of these sub-groups (all except stand up) are produced in a similar way to TV drama - they work from a script, use locations and studio set-ups, run to a set schedule and use a mix of creative, admin, and technical crew to produce programmes. Budgets vary, but generally they have less to play with than drama productions, with lower production values.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas, emotional and moral conflicts; some coverage of topical issues; set in familiar domestic interiors with only occasional excursions into new locations". Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place or focus on a large extended family. The storylines follow the day-to-day activities and personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as 'chance happenings, coincidences, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues, and revelations.'"
Used for fictional works portraying military conflicts in the twentieth century, primarily the first and second world wars, but also other subsequent wars, such as Vietnam, as well as smaller conflicts. Includes not only portrayals of combat, but stories set in POW camps, accounts of the home front, and depictions of the difficulties of demobilization and the veteran returning to civilian life. The genre includes depictions of the primary fronts during the war, as well as the battles on the geographical margins of the conflict.