TV Show
Dates Aired
Themes
Curricular Connections
Rating
Link to Rationale:
Battlestar:Galactica
2004-2009
Individual vs Society as a Whole; Civil Rights; Government in Crisis; Role of Military, Religion, Civil Rights and Liberties during Wartime; Human Identity
Human Identity; Roles of Government, Military, Religion; Individual vs. Society; Human/Non-Human Rights
5/5
Battlestar Rationale
Modern Family
2009-Present
Family, Acceptance, Communication, Support
Gender Roles, Maturity and Growing Up, Role of the Family, Character Types
5/5

Homicide Life on the Street
1993-1999
Filming techniques and ethics
Film Studies & Sociology
5/5

The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Individualism v. Conformity
  • Red Scare Paranoia -- Fear and the Mob Mentality
  • An excellent way to explore key literary concepts such as characterization, plot structure and irony (situational)
  • Strong connections to any literature written during/about the Red Scare/McCarthyism (i.e. The Crucible)
  • Could be used to spark thought about post 9/11 themes
5/5