In this essay I am going to analyse the action genre through a close analysis of the generic characteristics, the genreʼs place in the television schedules, the needs and expectations of the audience and finally the future of the action genre on television.
The roots of the action series are found in 1950s US television such as Miami Vice (1984-1989) as it had visual excitement, aggressive camera movement and unnatural colour. There was an increase in the action genre because the hybridity and development in audience research make the genre attractive to a wider demographic. For example The X-Files (1993-2002), Xena (1995-2001) and Buffy, The vampire slayer (1997-2003) are all
successful hybrids because they have been able to embrace a variety of niche markets. Most of the time, the action genre has a narrative resolution at the end of an episode. This emphasises on the style, image a...
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