Past Programs | Hooked: A Critical Look At Shows We Love


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Past Programs | Hooked: A Critical Look At Shows We Love

Four shows, four themes, and one philosophy professor to get us talking

It’s a golden age for TV shows–or rather, just for shows, since anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can watch whatever, whenever. Some of the most intense cultural conversations we have tend to focus around fictional scenarios playing out on the small screen week after week (or hour after hour, as you binge-watch a streaming show). Feminism, loyalty, tragedy, nostalgia, work, family, race, relationships…these themes and more have been tackled in great depth, and with great subtlety, in shows such as Orange Is the New Black, The Wire, The Sopranos, House of Cards, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, to name just a few.

Join us at She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s in Lewiston for a monthly conversation about four of these binge-worthy shows. Each month, we’ll take a different theme and talk about how it’s reflected in one show. Jason Read, philosophy professor at USM, will guide the conversation. No need to have seen the shows beforehand—he’ll show clips (although there’s no guarantee that there won’t be spoilers in the discussion).

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