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April 22 2015

Are all superhero TV shows basically the same? The Daily Dot takes a look at the shared tropes of current shows based on graphic novels. SHIELD and Daredevil have a few while Agent Carter only has two.

Well...that's stupid.
Are all murder-solving procedurals the same?
Are all police dramas the same?
Are all supernatural dramas the same?
Are all family-centered sitcoms the same?
Are all shows that Mark Sheppard guest stars in the same?
"Are all shows that Mark Sheppard guest stars in the same?"

They all get noticeably better when he's in them... but that's not the same thing, is it? ;)
Title is very misleading, the shows share a lot (well, some) tropes, but the basic sentiment is right on: networks are very conservative, so if they make a lot of their superhero shows like crime procedurals, they won't "lose" viewers. You can tell all the people calling the shots are fifty plus year old white guys!

I love the way that shows like Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, the Flash, and Arrow all build in and expand on the worlds we see in the comics.
Mark Sheppard plays basically the same character every show he's in... and it's always awesome.
Agent Carter wasn't like other super hero shows. It was special and unique - just like the two marks on the graph say.
Do all superhero series and movies have similar tropes? Of course, but that's essentially true of EVERY genre. It's all about the director or showrunner bringing his/her own ideas, tone and ideologies to the party that makes everything differently awesome. Diversity is the spice of life.

I could easily create a chart that clearly shows we've been watching the same sitcom tropes over and over ever since I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. That doesn't suddenly make The Andy Griffith Show and South Park the same show.

And between live-action shows, animated shows and shows centered around original, non-Marvel/DC superheroes (Buffy, Angel, The Tick) I think there's been a nice variety in tone and content over the years. And I think we're going to be getting even more unique takes on the genre in the years to come.

[ edited by JesusSavedIn01 on 2015-04-22 22:06 ]
Do they mean Enver as "stunt casting" on Agent Carter? How is that stunt casting? He was perfect as Sousa. I think that just means he was cast because he's a great actor and they'd be an idiot not to hire him.
Are all songs the same because we only have 8 notes to work with? I am reminded of the king in Amadeus saying "too many notes."
I guess it is possible to tire the simple mind, that doesn't have the sorting space for nuances.
Umm... by my count there are 110 boxes on that chart, of which 52 (i.e. <50%) are filled in... meaning that - going by the criteria given - collectively these shows would seem to be more dissimilar from each other than anything else.

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2015-04-22 22:59 ]
A genre is identified by its tropic elements, iconography, and the same basic narrative, no? Or at least that's what I learned taking a billion classes on genre as a media studies major. I'd be surprised if they DIDN'T have anything in common.
I think TenTonParasol nailed it. It's like someone came up with a chart showing that all Westerns have guns, horses, and hats, so "High Noon" and "Paint Your Wagon" are the exact same movie.
brinderwalt - Thanks for doing the math. After looking at that chart I came here to say that it does not at all support their position.

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