"The Amazing Race" and "Two and a Half Men" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of "The Amazing Race" and "Two and a Half Men" as reflections of American culture.
# 151436 | 1,034 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Communication (Television) , Sociology (General)

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The paper examines two shows, "The Amazing Race 15", a popular reality TV show, and "Two and a Half Men", a sitcom. The paper explores what these programs tell us about the state of American society and how these television programs reflect American culture.

From the Paper:

"According to Ellis Godard, reality shows are footage of unscripted interactions which have been edited and broadcasted as a television series (73). Although the show is affected by a number of factors, Godard said that "the resulting naturalness of social interaction, including familiar patterns of confrontation" is what makes them reality shows (73). The Amazing Race 15 is one of the more popular reality shows wherein a two-person team with preexisting relationship with each other, compete with other teams in a race around the world. Along the race, teams are presented with challenges. Every team strives to arrive at pit stops first at the end of every leg of the race. The last team to arrive at the pit stop at the end of every leg is eliminated. Mirroring the American society which is composed of people of different races and lifestyles ("Getting Along in the US: Some Customs and Culture Tips" 1), this show showcases Americans who come from different ethnicities, with different ages, and having a variety of relationships with their race partner. The teams currently competing who are composed of a father and son, best friends, teammates, dating couples, engaged couple, married couple, and brothers. There are students and working people as there are young and old. Some contestants are achievers, one being a Miss America title holder. Many excel in sports. There is also a team of gay brothers who in the latest episode has just told the other teams of their gender."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Getting Along in the US: Some Customs and Culture Tips." The University of Arizona. Web. 8 November 2009. < http://www.cesl.arizona.edu/custom.html>
  • Godard, Ellis. "Reel Life: The Social Geometry of Reality Shows." Survivor Lessons: Essays on Communication and Reality Television. Ed. Matthew Smith and Andrew Wood. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2003. 73-95. Print.
  • Stephens, Mitchell. History of Television. Web. 7 November 2009. <http://www.nyu.edu/classes/stephens/History%20of%20Television%20page.htm>

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