Skip to comments.Republicans Love 'Modern Family,' Democrats Favor 'Dexter,' New Study Shows
Posted on 11/14/2010 12:25:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Republicans Love 'Modern Family,' Democrats Favor 'Dexter,' New Study Shows
by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2010 10:45AM
'Modern Family,' a seemingly liberal show about a blended family -- with a gay couple and adopted kids -- is among the favorites of Republicans. Say what?
According to a new study by Experian Simmons, Republicans favor many of TV's biggest hits such as 'Modern Family,' 'American Idol' and 'Dancing With the Stars.' On the Democrat side, TV favorites include cable shows like 'Dexter' and 'Mad Men.'
"The big shows with mass appeal tend to have above-average scores from Democrats and Republicans but with higher concentrations of Republicans," John Fetto, senior marketing manager at Experian Simmons, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Looking at the Democrats side, I don't mean to make light of it, but they seem to like shows about damaged people. Those are the kind of shows Republicans just stay away from."
Unsurprisingly, the top show for Republicans is 'Glenn Beck' and 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' for Democrats. But who knew Democrats favored 'Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami'?
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I have never seen and/or don't watch the rest of the shows on either list.
Julia Stiles is now on “Dexter” and all grown up. Eventhough she’s a flaming lib, she’s rather attractive.
Watcha know 'bout that.
What the bleep is “Dexter?” These libs live in a fantasy world created by Hollywood.
CC, Wow! I’m with ya! The only show I recognize is Beck’s, but I don’t watch it.
I watch one show, Sons of Anarchy, which my wife says has no redeeming qualities. :-} And I’m a 59 year old across the board conservative with a deep belief in God and my faith. Go figure.
“Republicans favor many of TV’s biggest hits such as ‘Modern Family,”
Where one “family” is gay and have a “child”, sometimes rips into churchgoers in their scenes..are we talking about RINO’s or DIABLOS?
Dexter is about a serial killer who only hunts other serial killers. Very good show. Suprised that Libs like it ‘cause it definitely pro capital punishment.
Are we that divided that we have to say that, “Democrats have to have a playlist, and Republicans have a playlist.” For crying out loud, this is rediculous.
I’m not really certain if this survey is indicative of anything. I think someone was just filling space to keep his paycheck coming. With the exception of Glenn Beck on occasion, I can’t say I’ve seen any of these shows.
Funny. I actually watch Dexter, and that Modern Family is stupid.
And he’s a self starter!
Jonah Goldberg had an article about the show in National Review.
It's like The Godfather or The Sopranos: there's an ethic of loyalty to the group that is in some ways admirable combined with viciousness to people outside the group.
It's the same sort of thing you can find (in less self-conscious fashion) in ancient warrior sagas.
Does the mixture of admirable courage and loyalty with cruelty and exploitation of outsiders make it better or worse than another kind of story?
I don't know, but Dexter takes the formula way too far: the serial killer with his own "moral code".
This is JMO - but that show should be taken off the air. Here in Indy that show has caused waves because an Indiana teen idolized Dexter and tried to imitate him by strangling his 10 year old brother.
Seriously, this is the kind of values you want to teach your kids????
Agreed! Dexter is my “must see” TV. lol
It IS ridiculous! I eagerly await the weekly episode of “Dexter” and am sorry when it’s over. And I’m about as Conservative as one can get! Our next door neighbor’s grown daughter emails me after every episode and we chat about the show. She’s also Very Conservative! Even named her puggle “Reagan”!!
Agreed. It's a rather lame attempt to put viewers in demographic boxes. Who cares...you watch what you watch.
Me? One of the few shows I actually do watch regularly is "Hell's Kitchen". Too bad we can't have similar show named, "Hell's Presidency". I would enjoy seeing a teary-eyed Obama get eliminated before the first episode break of the first episode.
I love “modern family”
Its funny, its real. Its about a family with all sort of flaws and also with alot of loveable things about them. thats real life. yeah, theres a gay brother and his partner with their adopted asian child. Theres the sister with her dingy husband and modern kids and the patriarch and his second wife who is much younger and columbian and her child from a previous marriage.
Maybe the fact that more republicans like the show kind of proves that their not as “racist” as people like to believe.
Neither have I. TV today really blows.
The only current shows this Republican watches frequently (excluding politics and public affairs):
History Channel only, Pawn Stars and a few others
Austin City Limits (the only PBS must)
Later w/ Jools Holland (BBC America)
Caprica (although it’s starting to bore me)
The Walking Dead
Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show (Great Job!)
In Plain Sight
Of course not, but my kids are old enough watch whatever they want.
But lets face it, there are lots of shows on TV where people get murdered any number of ways. There is always the occasional waco who emulates what they see on TV or in the Movies. But we all know that behavior is very rare—almost everyone can tell fantasy from reality. I don’t advocate taking something I like off the air because of that.
Wow! I’m familiar with these shows, but mine aren’t on either list (Burn Notice, Human Target, Leverage, old Criminal Minds). I must be an anomaly!
But what really has me glued is the inner struggle that Jackson has had since reading his fathers memoirs. The timeless battle of good versus evil wracking his mind and soul.
I haven't figured out yet where the writers are gonna end up on that.
I gave up on “Dexter” after the start of the Jimmy Smits season. I prefer my soaps and old “Miami Vice” reruns.
The flip side is that she is a flaming lib, and IIRC, she also is a puffer. Still, she's pretty, with cupie-doll type features.
And the people that answered "Keith Olbermann" just did it so as not be kicked out of the moonbat "kool" crowd. Anybody with a sense of truth, accuracy, facts, and decency would not be watching KO unless they have to.
I’ve never seen a single episode of any of those shows.
I liked Dexter bet I never cared for DeeDee who was always ruining his experiments.
Dexter is forensic scientist psychopathic killer that you hate to love. The first season was a bit on the raunchy side for me but it’s a show that keeps your attention.
Which definition of puffer ?
Did not know about this one but looks interesting...will have to find it on DVD. Thanks
My “If I catch it, I catch it” list:
Adam 12 (RTV)
It Takes a Thief (RTV)
My “Bummer I can't have a satellite dish” list:
Damages (DirecTV, formerly on FX) Best-written show on TV, IMO.
Smoking butts. Yuck!!!
i love that show also!
A friend turned me on to Dexter about two months ago.
So far I’ve watched seasons one through three,
Great show, very different from nearly anything I’ve seen so far. Nearly riveting.
And I’m a lifelong very conservative pubbie, up til now.
Leaning towards the tea party and possibly looking for a govt overthrow.
You also like ‘the League’ and ‘It’s always sunny?’ So do I though I find the language and crudeness too much sometimes. So much for the idea that Republicans are such prudes. This season of Sunny, like the last, is not that great though, IMO. Some episodes of the League this year have had me howling with laughter bit others have been a disappointment. I look forward to the return of “Archer” also.
I hate to admit I am also a fan of “Community” and “30 Rock” though they are on the Demo list. You could not pay me enough to watch “the Office” though. Not funny at all, IMO. I also like “Modern Family.” Though it does seem odd that would appeal to a lot of Republicans.
Andy Griffith? Dump him. He is a big fan of 0bama.
I used to like Michael C. Hall on ‘Six Feet Under’ though it slanted to the left too, as do so many shows. But the one time I tried to watch ‘Dexter’ I found it so gory and violent I turned it off after 5 minutes.
The only other show I watch is 'South Park.'
I love Dexter and Mad Men, but no way I’m a lib! I never watched the other shows.
I agree, Sunny's been a touch off from last season, although it's still good, especially the episode where they buy a boat and show Dee's (lack of) dance skills.
The League has been funny as hell - I even liked the fool BIL of Ruxin’s - Rafi. Any show that has a character named “Taco” on it has to have something going for it, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm planning on giving Archer a look. Community is ok, I've never seen 30 Rock (Alec Baldwin - still waiting for him to leave the USA) or Modern Family - no interest.
The Office has stunk the last 2 seasons; I watch it more out of habit than anything else - although I'm getting to the point of dropping it entirely - it's just not funny. Steve Carell is leaving and the show has become a “cover band version” of itself; long since “jumped the shark”.
South Park is good. But, like Family Guy, I can only watch so much. I'm taking a break from both of them.
I like Dexter better than Modern Family.
I watch both weekly and if it weren’t for Al Bundy in “Modern Family” I wouldn’t watch it (also it comes on after “The Middle”) -which I love.
Television is for idiots.
Agree. I don’t watch a whole of TV but when I do it’s a football game or episodes of “Mythbusters or Swamp Loggers or Meteorite Men” or some similar such.
The last regular shows I watched were “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood”..........haven’t found a whole lot to get interested in since.
Hey know-it-all, save your lecture for somewhere else. What are you doing that your kids don’t know about?
I’ve never seen “The Sopranos” or “Deadwood,” either. We watch Mythbusters and other shows like that on Netflix, and also cooking and travel shows. And “Monk.”