Favorite TV shows of different political factions

If you are an ultra-liberal “Super-Democrat,” your favorite TV show is The Daily Show (no surprise there).  If you are an “On-the-Fence Liberal,” your favorite show is the Graham Norton Show (that of the flamboyantly gay variety show host).  If you are an “ultra-conservative,” your favorite TV watching is college football.  If you are a “mild Republican,” you like Rules of Engagement.  If you are a “Green Traditionalist,” you like Lizard Lick Towing, as well as other reality shows (contrary to the image or self-image of crunchy conservatives being all intellectual and sophisticated).

So says a study that gives the top 20 TV shows for each political category.  Find yourself, if you can.  (I found no category for someone who watches the few eclectic shows that I prefer.)  But assuming this is, in the aggregate, correct, what can you learn about the different groups based on the TV shows they watch?  (For example, “Super Democrats” seem to be the main ones subscribing to  premium channels like HBO and Showtime.  What does that mean?  And why would crunch-cons like reality shows?)  After the jump is the entire list.

SUPER-DEMOCRATS

1. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

2. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

3. 30 Rock (NBC)

4. Shameless (Showtime)

5. Modern Family (ABC)

6. Game of Thrones (HBO)

7. Project Runway (Lifetime)

8. Saturday Night Live (NBC)

9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

10. The Soup (E!)

11. Parenthood (NBC)

12. The Killing (AMC)

13. Mad Men (AMC)

14. Watch What Happens Live (Bravo)

15. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)

16. Chelsea Lately (E!)

17. Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)

18. Glee (Fox)

19. Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)

20. Hockey Central (Versus)

ULTRA-CONSERVATIVES

1. College football regular season (ESPN)

2. Antiques Roadshow (PBS)

3. Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda (NBC)

4. College football regular season (ESPN2)

5. Dancing With the Stars: Results Show (ABC)

6. NCIS (CBS)

7. Undercover Boss (CBS)

8. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

9. Wheel of Fortune (syndicated)

10. ABC Saturday night college football (ABC)

11. Today (NBC)

12. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

13. Big 12 college football (FSN)

14. Property Brothers (HGTV)

15. House Hunters ( HGTV)

16. The Biggest Loser (NBC)

17. Shark Tank (ABC)

18. The Bachelor (ABC)

19. College basketball regular season (ESPN2)

20. Days of Our Lives (NBC)

MILD REPUBLICANS

1. Rules of Engagement (CBS)

2. Sons of Guns (Discovery)

3. Brad Meltzer’s Decoded (History)

4. Sons of Anarchy (FX)

5. Tosh.O (Comedy Central)

6. The Glades (A&E)

7. Gold Rush (Discovery)

8. Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

9. Pawn Stars (History)

10. Holmes Inspection (HGTV)

11. Storage Wars (HGTV)

12. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

13. American Pickers (History)

14. Top Shot (History)

15. American Restoration (History)

16. The Soup (E!)

17. Chelsea Lately (E!)

18. TMZ (syndicated)

19. Two and a Half Men (CBS)

20. Revenge (ABC)

GREEN TRADITIONALISTS

1. Lizard Lick Towing (truTV)

2. Extreme Couponing (TLC)

3. Four Weddings (TLC)

4. Covert Affairs (USA)

5. Blue Bloods (CBS)

6. The Mentalist (syndicated)

7. 19 Kids and Counting (TLC)

8. White Collar (USA)

9. Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

10. Minute to Win It (NBC)

11. Little Couple (TLC)

12. Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)

13. The Closer (TNT)

14. Storage Hunters (truTV)

15. Castle (ABC)

16. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

17. College football regular season (ESPN2)

18. Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy (History)

19. Nova (PBS)

20. Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC)

ON-THE-FENCE LIBERALS

1. The Graham Norton Show (BBC America)

2. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Adult Swim)

3. Top Gear (BBC America)

4. Tosh.O (Comedy Central)

5. American Dad (Fox)

6. Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)

7. Wilfred (FX)

8. Futurama (Comedy Central)

9. Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)

11. Louie (FX)

12. Ink Master (Spike)

13. The Simpsons (Fox)

14. Up All Night (NBC)

15. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

16. Squidbillies (Adult Swim)

17. Breaking Bad (AMC)

18. The Soup (E!)

19. Weeds (Showtime)

20. The Office (NBC)

via TV Column sidebar – The Washington Post.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    I’ve probably only seen maybe a third of any of these shows, and very, very few are regular watching for me. For many of these shows, I could honestly say I haven’t seen a single episode, but I may read about them in a media news column.

    I do occasionally watch one show in each category (and who made up these categories?) except for Green Traditionalists. I watch Top Gear, college football, Anthony Bourdain (where’s Andrew Zimmern?) and, obviously, This Week in Agribusiness in tandem with U.S. Farm Report.

    But where’s baseball? Where’s Hell on Wheels (which I’ll now have to watch on DVD since Dish and AMC had their little dust up)?

  • SKPeterson

    I’ve probably only seen maybe a third of any of these shows, and very, very few are regular watching for me. For many of these shows, I could honestly say I haven’t seen a single episode, but I may read about them in a media news column.

    I do occasionally watch one show in each category (and who made up these categories?) except for Green Traditionalists. I watch Top Gear, college football, Anthony Bourdain (where’s Andrew Zimmern?) and, obviously, This Week in Agribusiness in tandem with U.S. Farm Report.

    But where’s baseball? Where’s Hell on Wheels (which I’ll now have to watch on DVD since Dish and AMC had their little dust up)?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, I’m in the same boat, watching few of these, and with my largest contribution come from the “Green Traditionalist” list. Of course, I’m not from the US, but most of those are available in Canada.

    My most frequently watched programs are either Sci-Fi, or British, and of course, when the two comes together, as in Dr Who, ehose new season starts TOMORROW, I’m a very happy fellow.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, I’m in the same boat, watching few of these, and with my largest contribution come from the “Green Traditionalist” list. Of course, I’m not from the US, but most of those are available in Canada.

    My most frequently watched programs are either Sci-Fi, or British, and of course, when the two comes together, as in Dr Who, ehose new season starts TOMORROW, I’m a very happy fellow.

  • Susan

    Please add me to the list that doesn’t fit into a category. The only program I watch is Antiques Roadshow. I also watched the RNC on C-Span so I didn’t have to listen to the talking heads or miss any speakers who were cut by the networks. There were also online live (uncut) streaming of the RNC – one by PBS on YouTube. I wonder how many others went that route.

  • Susan

    Please add me to the list that doesn’t fit into a category. The only program I watch is Antiques Roadshow. I also watched the RNC on C-Span so I didn’t have to listen to the talking heads or miss any speakers who were cut by the networks. There were also online live (uncut) streaming of the RNC – one by PBS on YouTube. I wonder how many others went that route.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Also, with the occasional exception of “Face-off”, NO reality TV for me. It is the utter bottom of the barrel of TV genres. Ugh…..

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Also, with the occasional exception of “Face-off”, NO reality TV for me. It is the utter bottom of the barrel of TV genres. Ugh…..

  • SKPeterson

    KK – I haven’t caught the new Dr. Who, but it looks pretty good. My wife and I have liked the new Sherlock Holmes show on BBC America – my wife even watches that Graham Norton show as a result of catching the network.

    Speaking of BBC entertainment, where’s Downton Abbey?

  • SKPeterson

    KK – I haven’t caught the new Dr. Who, but it looks pretty good. My wife and I have liked the new Sherlock Holmes show on BBC America – my wife even watches that Graham Norton show as a result of catching the network.

    Speaking of BBC entertainment, where’s Downton Abbey?

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP – I love the new Sherlock Homes with Benedict Cumberbatch. if one has read the entire Holmesian Corpus as often as I have, the almost frightening accuracy of the character portrayal is remarkable.

    I have somehow missed Downton Abbey, but have heard good things.

    They are busy with a new season of Lewis as well, and I’m looking forward to that.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP – I love the new Sherlock Homes with Benedict Cumberbatch. if one has read the entire Holmesian Corpus as often as I have, the almost frightening accuracy of the character portrayal is remarkable.

    I have somehow missed Downton Abbey, but have heard good things.

    They are busy with a new season of Lewis as well, and I’m looking forward to that.

  • rlewer

    The only thing we watch on the abominable TV is local news and our local NFL team games and an occasional science program on PBS. Not sure what category that puts us in.

  • rlewer

    The only thing we watch on the abominable TV is local news and our local NFL team games and an occasional science program on PBS. Not sure what category that puts us in.

  • JunkerGeorg

    I never thought I’d ever say this, but after looking through the lists, I must not watch enough tv. As is the trend, the laptop is my tv. Even for NFL/College football games, many of which you can get for free, albeit with an occasional lag in the stream. Split screen with a theological or political blog on one side, a game on the other. Granted, given how much Orwell has been a prophet, as I don’t waste my time on corporate TV News Media whether it be MSNBC or Fox News (whose content is controlled by the likes of Soros and Murdoch ) so do I wonder if someday the internet will be ‘thought policed’ to such an extent that the only place left for free discourse will be in all those old books which many are selling off in exchange for Kindles.

  • JunkerGeorg

    I never thought I’d ever say this, but after looking through the lists, I must not watch enough tv. As is the trend, the laptop is my tv. Even for NFL/College football games, many of which you can get for free, albeit with an occasional lag in the stream. Split screen with a theological or political blog on one side, a game on the other. Granted, given how much Orwell has been a prophet, as I don’t waste my time on corporate TV News Media whether it be MSNBC or Fox News (whose content is controlled by the likes of Soros and Murdoch ) so do I wonder if someday the internet will be ‘thought policed’ to such an extent that the only place left for free discourse will be in all those old books which many are selling off in exchange for Kindles.

  • rebecca w

    Some of mine are on here, but BBC Masterpiece is neglected! Downton Abbey? Sherlock?

  • rebecca w

    Some of mine are on here, but BBC Masterpiece is neglected! Downton Abbey? Sherlock?

  • DonS

    Why the asymmetrical labels? “Super-Democrat” vs. “Ultra-Conservative”. What does that mean. What is a “Green Traditionalist”, or a “Mild Republican”? Why is an “On The Fence Liberal” not a “Mild Democrat”?

    Garbage In, Garbage Out. But at least the story writer presumably met his/her deadline and collected a paycheck.

  • DonS

    Why the asymmetrical labels? “Super-Democrat” vs. “Ultra-Conservative”. What does that mean. What is a “Green Traditionalist”, or a “Mild Republican”? Why is an “On The Fence Liberal” not a “Mild Democrat”?

    Garbage In, Garbage Out. But at least the story writer presumably met his/her deadline and collected a paycheck.

  • Mary

    SKPeterson #5

    Downton Abbey will be back on with a new season in January. Can’t wait!

  • Mary

    SKPeterson #5

    Downton Abbey will be back on with a new season in January. Can’t wait!

  • fjsteve

    Wow wow wow! That many people like Tosh.0??? I would be ashamed to be grouped with any of them.

  • fjsteve

    Wow wow wow! That many people like Tosh.0??? I would be ashamed to be grouped with any of them.

  • Med Student

    Sherlock is fantastic and I wish I didn’t have to wait a year for new episodes. The only shows listed that I actually consistently watch are college football (depending on who specifically is playing) and Castle. Mostly I watch Netflix, when I have the time.

  • Med Student

    Sherlock is fantastic and I wish I didn’t have to wait a year for new episodes. The only shows listed that I actually consistently watch are college football (depending on who specifically is playing) and Castle. Mostly I watch Netflix, when I have the time.

  • SKPeterson

    Mary – My wife can hardly wait. :) I was wondering more about its absence from the list, particularly in light of what appears to be a fair amount of popularity for the program.

    It would indicate to me that there is a significant political grouping or two who’s tv viewing choices are not being acknowledged. Maybe the Disaffected Libertarian Semi-Republicans and their close cousins the Independent Tory Somewhat-Democrats.

    Top Shows in no particular order:
    1. Anthony Bourdain
    2. Dr. Who
    3. Downton Abbey
    4. Andrew Zimmern
    5. Sherlock Holmes
    6. Hell on Wheels
    7. Top Gear
    8. Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
    9. College football
    10. English Premier League
    11. Big Bang Theory
    12. Baseball
    13. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    14. This Week in Agribusiness
    15. The Jon Stewart show
    16. The Marty Stuart show
    17. Sorrow over cancellation of Firefly
    18. Antiques Road Show if its on while flipping through the channels
    19. C-SPAN BookTalk
    20. My wife says I have to enter The Borgias here.

  • SKPeterson

    Mary – My wife can hardly wait. :) I was wondering more about its absence from the list, particularly in light of what appears to be a fair amount of popularity for the program.

    It would indicate to me that there is a significant political grouping or two who’s tv viewing choices are not being acknowledged. Maybe the Disaffected Libertarian Semi-Republicans and their close cousins the Independent Tory Somewhat-Democrats.

    Top Shows in no particular order:
    1. Anthony Bourdain
    2. Dr. Who
    3. Downton Abbey
    4. Andrew Zimmern
    5. Sherlock Holmes
    6. Hell on Wheels
    7. Top Gear
    8. Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
    9. College football
    10. English Premier League
    11. Big Bang Theory
    12. Baseball
    13. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
    14. This Week in Agribusiness
    15. The Jon Stewart show
    16. The Marty Stuart show
    17. Sorrow over cancellation of Firefly
    18. Antiques Road Show if its on while flipping through the channels
    19. C-SPAN BookTalk
    20. My wife says I have to enter The Borgias here.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I don’t have a tv, but I have downloaded and watched episodes of Sherlock (fyi, I hear Cumberbatch is a villain in the new Bond movie), Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and Longmire. I think the novels are better than the tv show of the latter. I also enjoyed some of the Spooks BBC series.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I don’t have a tv, but I have downloaded and watched episodes of Sherlock (fyi, I hear Cumberbatch is a villain in the new Bond movie), Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and Longmire. I think the novels are better than the tv show of the latter. I also enjoyed some of the Spooks BBC series.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, I’d post mine, but I regularly watch re-runs, so it might look a bit strange….. Of yours I watch 2, 5 and 11…..

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    SKP, I’d post mine, but I regularly watch re-runs, so it might look a bit strange….. Of yours I watch 2, 5 and 11…..

  • JunkerGeorg

    Still watch Northern Exposure reruns…

  • JunkerGeorg

    Still watch Northern Exposure reruns…

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    The only one of these I watch is Mad Men.

    It mystifies me how “Ultra-Liberals” would enjoy a show set in the early 1960′s that plays it straight.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    The only one of these I watch is Mad Men.

    It mystifies me how “Ultra-Liberals” would enjoy a show set in the early 1960′s that plays it straight.

  • helen

    I suppose re runs are an excuse for cable….
    Then again, even after losing 3/4 of my library in various moves, there is still enough to keep me entertained for $0.00/month. :) My imagination is as good as the movie directors in most cases… sometimes better.
    I’m almost afraid to watch a movie I’ve known well as a book.

  • helen

    I suppose re runs are an excuse for cable….
    Then again, even after losing 3/4 of my library in various moves, there is still enough to keep me entertained for $0.00/month. :) My imagination is as good as the movie directors in most cases… sometimes better.
    I’m almost afraid to watch a movie I’ve known well as a book.

  • rebecca w

    I like these shows … although not consistent in watching them:

    Mad Men (admittedly a cathartic purpose ala “Forgiving Don
    Draper” http://www.mbird.com/tag/forgiving-don-draper/

    Modern Family (guilty pleasure … although I swear they act like a human family)

    Stephen Colbert *totally preferable to Jon Stewart!

    Sherlock (Masterpiece)

    Dr. Who (BBC)

    I also watch stuff the hubby likes such as “Top Gear”. :)

  • rebecca w

    I like these shows … although not consistent in watching them:

    Mad Men (admittedly a cathartic purpose ala “Forgiving Don
    Draper” http://www.mbird.com/tag/forgiving-don-draper/

    Modern Family (guilty pleasure … although I swear they act like a human family)

    Stephen Colbert *totally preferable to Jon Stewart!

    Sherlock (Masterpiece)

    Dr. Who (BBC)

    I also watch stuff the hubby likes such as “Top Gear”. :)

  • mikeb

    Lies. Damn lies. And statistics.

    Well, according to their research, I’m an MILD REPUBLICAN
    ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE SUPER-DEMOCRAT ON-THE-FENCE LIBERAL GREEN TRADITIONALIST.

    Gee, I knew I was well rounded but wow!

  • mikeb

    Lies. Damn lies. And statistics.

    Well, according to their research, I’m an MILD REPUBLICAN
    ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE SUPER-DEMOCRAT ON-THE-FENCE LIBERAL GREEN TRADITIONALIST.

    Gee, I knew I was well rounded but wow!


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