Real television heroes hide in plain sight

With so much content featuring heroes  who engage in in illegal activity, TV viewers are looking for characters who are guided by a moral compass. Television like AMC’s original scripted shows such as ‘‘Breaking Bad’’ or ‘‘Mad Men’’ may discourage viewers looking for redemptive qualities in entertainment.

Aside from the rare exception like Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” featuring the titular protagonist Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix original content may not be the preferred platform for those viewers.

The show starring actress Ellie Kemper, an eternal optimist defying exclusive streaming content standards is a breath of fresh air, as Kimmy embraces a nanny job and attempts to help her friends find success in the arts world.

Heroes of television for the average student are accessible, but they may be obscured by Netflix or cable television networks and platforms.

Perhaps “Supergirl,” one of the biggest upcoming premieres this fall on CBS would be more appropriate for some students because the show features a hero embracing her supporting cast to find levity in her surroundings.

In the new series premiering on Oct. 26, Kara Zor El is the cousin of Superman and has finally decided to use her powers to help people instead of hiding her identity. It is a step that merits some pushback from her friends, at least at first.

El is a hero with a strong foundation in her friends James Olsen and Alexandra Danvers. She works with them to launch her crime fighting career and once again, save others who need her help.

Through adversity, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is another hero that found a way to keep her head up amidst the extreme sexism of the late ’40s. In addition, Peggy Carter must navigate around a dangerous secret agent lifestyle while lacking the respect of her co-workers.

While Carter might feel insecure at times due to the lack of respect, she is a hero who always has the support of her friends including Jarvis and Angie. Lesser men might fall into despair facing the problems of Carter. Towards the end of the first season, she strives to rebuild herself, but does so with grace and aplomb.

Also seeing a return to network television is a well-known comedy series that sparks the interest of adults and youth alike: “The Muppets.” Jim Henson, puppeteer and creator of “The Muppets”, has always been a family property, but thankfully this new territory of the show is attempting to gain a more broad comedic tone appealing to adult and child audiences.

The Muppets is another place for viewers to turn to this fall to watch something with levity that would appeal to adults and kids alike. Henson’s Muppets franchise has a strong legacy appealing to multiple generations that should merit the respect of each audience member willing to absorb the content.

Elsewhere in superhero television, CW’s “Arrow” skews darker than other Marvel shows. Oliver Queen used to murder with little regard for the lives and families of others, obscuring his own morality on the silver screen.

While he now abstains from killing whenever possible, the show’s frayed morality continues to litter the screen with dark and dreary drama.

“Arrow’s” sister show “The Flash” contains a lighter tone and context. Barry Allen has never found the need to kill another and will save others by any means possible. The majority of his supporting cast retains his lighter attitude.

The show will still capture the interest of the audience through high-stakes action set pieces and a tense thriller aspect with the villain of the first season, the Reverse-Flash being too close for comfort.

More scripted television series are being created today than ever before with more than 1,500 shows debuting in primetime, meaning that an influx of content is now available at our fingertips.

The amount of shows available featuring the greatest of heroes and darkest of villains is now plentiful. The question is now: are we as CBU students  willing to find the real heroes of television?

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