Genre is a way of categorizing programs together by
similar form, style or subject. The Genre we are focusing
on is TV dramas and within this the subgenres are soap
operas, Crime dramas and medical dramas.
Sub-genres are when a specific genre is separated into
Vladimir Propp is someone who analyzed basic plot
components to identify narrative elements. Vladimir Propp
broke up fairy tales into sections. His theory is shown
within soap operas as there is usually always main
characters which appear in every episode, allowing the
audience to understand the characters personality.
1. Equilibrium. (everything is normal, perfect and as it should be. Known to be equality.)
2. Disruption of the society.
3. Recognition. (Realizing who or what caused the disruption)
4. Attempt to repair the disruption.
5. New / Better equilibrium. (New / better society of equality)
The sub genres that follow Todorov's theory are:
Soaps do not follow Todorov's theory as they are continuous and end on a cliff hanger.
Conventions are the different ways in which TV dramas
can be linked together due to their content.
A soap opera is a television drama series dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the
same group of characters. A television or radio drama series dealing typically with daily events in
the lives of the same group of characters.
What you expect to find:
Point of interaction e.g. Pubs
More than one storyline
Small central areas
Relate to real events such as Christmas
Everyone knows each other
Familiar characters shown in each episode
Examples: Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Neighbours, Home and Away.
Crime television drama is a type of shows which focus’ on people who investigate, punish or commit
crimes. There are so many crime dramas on television that are: criminal minds, CSI, Law & Order, The
Sopranos and many more. Crime is a very popular sub genre of TV Drama because even though they are
intense and sometimes scary the stories can be realistic but often exaggerated.
The conventions of crime TV programs:
SOCOS (Scene of crime officers)
Police force head quarters
Group of roughly 6 cats members that are regularly on the program
Examples: Criminal Minds, Sherlock Holmes, Bones, Prison Break,
A medical drama is a television drama in which events center upon a hospital, an ambulance
staff, or any medical environment..
The conventions of Medical dramas:
Point of interaction is usually a hospital.
Examples: ER, Grey’s anatomy, Casualty, Scrubs.
Costume TV Drama is a period piece, which includes sets,
costumes and properties in order to signify a particular time
frame. This is also known as Period Drama. The conventions of
costume TV programs:
Meeting point (old house etc.)
Elaborate costumes and sets
Part of a series
Based on historical facts
Written about the views to the time it is set
Examples: Downtown Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre,
The Tudors and The King’s Speech