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The favorite TV shows of Republicans and Democrats

December 7, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
Apparently Democrats and Republicans like different TV shows, at least according to Entertainment Weekly.

The magazine commissioned a study from a market research firm that surveyed people about their political leanings and the TV shows they most like. According to the survey, people who identified themselves as liberals and/or Democrats like so-called "sarcastic media-savvy comedies" and shows with "morally murky anti-heroes." People who identified themselves as conservatives and/or Republicans liked "serious work-centered reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals" and reality competitions.

Liberal-Democrat favorite shows are "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central; "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation" on NBC; "The View" on ABC; "Glee" on FOX; "Modern Family" on ABC; "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" on FX; "Treme" on HBO; "Cougar Town" on ABC; "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS. Other favorite shows included "The Soup" on E; "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" on Swim; "Raising Hope" on FOX; "Saturday Night Live," "Parenthood" and "The Office" on NBC; "Project Runway" on Lifetime; "Shameless" on Showtime; "Conan" on TBS.

Conservative-Republicans liked "Swamp Loggers" on Discovery and "Top Shot" on the History Channel; "The Bachelor" on ABC; "Castle" on ABC; "Mythbusters" on Discovery; "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy," "American Pickers," "Pawn Stars" and "Swamp People," all on the History Channel; "The Middle" on ABC; "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on NBC; "The Biggest Loser" on NBC; "Hawaii Five-O," "The Mentalist," and "NCIS" on CBS; "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC; "Man vs. Wild" on Discovery; "Auction Kings" on Discovery; "Wheel of Fortune" and "Top Gear" on BBC America. Apparently Democrats said they liked "Castle" nearly as much as the Republicans did, but not enough to put it among the top shows in the Democrat survey.

Interestingly, the survey also asked the Democrats and Republicans which shows they hate the most. There's some overlap there, with Republicans hating some shows Democrats like and vice versa.

Republicans hate the following shows: "Weeds" on Showtime; "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central; the syndicated "TMZ"; "South Park" on Comedy Central; "General Hospital" on ABC; "Family Guy" on FOX; "Dexter" on Showtime; "Jersey Shore" on MTV; "The Walking Dead" on AMC; the syndicated "Divorce Court," "The Big C" on Showtime; "Let's Make a Deal" on CBS; "Bridezillas" on WE; "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera" on WE; "Don't Forget the Lyrics" on VH1.

Among the shows that Democrats hate: "Swamp Loggers" on Discovery; "Dog the Bounty Hunter" on A&E and the syndicated show "COPS"; "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV; "The Price is Right" on CBS; "CSI: Miami" on CBS; "Kitchen Nightmares" on FOX; "Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family; "Ghost Hunters" on Syfy; "Ghost Adventures" on The Travel Channel; and "The Haunted" on Animal Planet.

I'm confused, since I don't think you can tell MY political preferences from my TV viewing habits, judging by that list. I haven't watched or even heard of a number of these shows, probably because I don't get cable. I prefer Letterman and Craig Ferguson over Jay Leno, which apparently puts me in the Democrat camp instead of the Republican camp among TV viewers, but I also love crime procedurals like "The Mentalist" and "NCIS" on CBS. When I do get a chance to watch cable, I'll probably pick the History Channel over the Comedy Channel, which must put me on the Republican side of the equation, but I also sometimes enjoy snickering over the snide comments about celebrities on TMZ when it comes on very late at night. "Dexter," a show about a serial killer who kills other serial killers, appeals to my black sense of humor.

So, what shows do you like that you're not supposed to?


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