Emotional Rescue: <i>The Sopranos</i> (HBO 1999–2007), <i>ER</i> (NBC 1994–) and <i>State of Play</i> (BBC1 2003)

Kristyn Gorton

in Media Audiences

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748624171
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670956 | DOI:
Emotional Rescue: The Sopranos (HBO 1999–2007), ER (NBC 1994–) and State of Play (BBC1 2003)

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This chapter employs textual analysis in order to focus on three examples of television programmes often referred to as 'quality' television drama: ER, The Sopranos, and State of Play. Concentrating on specific scenes, this chapter considers what formal qualities make these programmes so emotionally engaging to their viewers. For example, this chapter argues that editing is crucial to establishing emotion in ER. Other formal qualities such as music, characterisation, writing and the longevity of a series are also explored.

Keywords: The Sopranos; ER; State of Play; Television Aesthetics; Emotional Qualities in Television

Chapter.  5452 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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