Your Favorite Television Shows Will Tell Us How Patriotic You Are!

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Your Favorite Television Shows Will Tell Us How Patriotic You Are!
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About This Quiz

One of America's most popular exports across the globe is its television. From inventing many of the components of the actual modern tv itself to creating many of the most popular shows in the world, America never has a better face to present to the world than the one that Hollywood has to offer. American TV shows the world an image of beautiful people with improbably terrific teeth and skin that somehow has no pores even in high definition.  Television shows do amazing things: they're hilarious, they're brave, they're sinister, they're insightful, and if they make it abroad, it means they're invariably extremely watchable. From the antiheroes that you love to hate to the role models that you hope your kids will admire, American TV has it all.

That's why the shows you choose reveal a lot about Americans, in particular, relate to America. Gung-ho patriots who simply love the nation but don't want to think too hard about what that means will tend to gravitate to morally simple narratives about a band of heroes fighting back against the chaos, whether in the form of superhero shows or "The Walking Dead." Thoughtful progressives who see their nation's flaws but aspire to heal them will choose more complicated fare like "House of Cards," "The Handmaid's Tale," or "The Man in the High Castle." Hardcore capitalists who just love Gordon Gekko and everything he stands for will watch "Keeping up with the Kardashians," "The Real Housewives of Orange County," and other reality franchises hawking the new and shiny. Those who appreciate America's natural beauty will enjoy documentaries highlighting its natural wonders. 

Tell us what shows you love, and we'll see not just how patriotic you are, but also, how you are patriotic, and they're not quite the same thing. Let's get started!

What action show do you like?
"Spooks."
"The Last Ship."
"Game of Thrones."
"Suits."

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What reality show do you like?
"Antiques Roadshow."
"Ice Road Truckers."
"The Bachelor."
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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Do you watch a lot of nature documentaries?
Yes, "Planet Earth" is the best.
Yes, about our national parks.
Yes, about endangered species.
No.

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Do you like any shows in which the president is a bad guy?
If he's not, then it's not realistic, so yes.
No, that's ridiculous.
A couple, yes.
Only if he's also super cool.

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Do you like morally complex heroes?
Yes.
No.
Sometimes.
Yes, but only if they are kind of not a hero at all.

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Which is the best show about very rich people?
"Downton Abbey."
"Empire."
"Another Period."
"Billions."

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Which is the best show about the working class?
"Peaky Blinders."
"Roseanne."
"One Day at a Time."
I don't watch shows about the weak!

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Which is the best show about politicians?
"Yes, Minister."
"Designated Survivor."
"Veep."
"House of Cards."

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Do you love period dramas?
Yes!
Not really.
I like them.
Only if they are glamorous.

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What news channel do you watch?
BBC.
Fox.
I don't get my news from the TV.
CNN.

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How do you get your TV shows?
I use BBC iPlayer.
I watch network television.
I stream my TV shows.
I watch cable television.

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Which dystopia on TV is the best one right now?
"Occupied."
"The Walking Dead."
"The Handmaid's Tale."
"Colony."

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Which sitcom is the best?
"Peep Show."
"The Big Bang Theory."
"Dear White People."
"South Park."

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Do you only watch a show if you can binge it?
Of course not, that's silly.
I prefer weekly.
I prefer to binge.
Binging is the only way!

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Does it bother you if a show's depiction of the military is unrealistic?
Yes, they're usually shown as much nicer than they are.
Well, they should only ever be shown as totally awesome.
Yes, it should be nuanced.
No if the show is good.

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Do you notice whether a show is presenting stereotypical characters?
Sometimes.
Who cares?
Yes, it really bothers me.
Yes and I prefer it.

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Do you notice whether a show passes the Bechdel Test (whereby every episode contains at least two named female characters who have at least one conversation with each other about something besides a man or men)?
Well, now I will!
I prefer when it doesn't.
I hate it when it doesn't.
I don't notice or care.

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Do you prefer bigger or smaller budget shows?
I prefer shows with smaller budgets.
My shows need to have the biggest budgets.
I like there to be a mix of large and small budgets in my shows.
I prefer my shows to have bigger budgets.

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Is it probably better if there are subtitles?
Of course.
No, that's not watchable.
It totally depends.
I prefer not.

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Do you watch a lot of shows in which the main characters aren't beautiful?
Most of them, yes.
No, what is the point of that?
A few.
The men are ugly, the women are gorgeous, as it should be.

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Do you watch NBC's live musicals?
If I'm home when they are on.
No, they're too silly.
Yes, they are lovely.
Of course, they're so expensive.

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What sporting event do you never miss?
Wimbledon.
NASCAR.
The World Series.
The Superbowl.

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What actor will you watch in just about anything?
Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Seth McFarlane.
Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Damian Lewis.

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If you heard a show was from the creators of South Park, is that a must-avoid or a must-watch to you?
It's a must-avoid watch for me.
No, screw those guys.
I'd strongly consider watching the show.
It's a must-watch for me.

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Do you ever find yourself cringing at American shows' depictions of foreign cultures?
No, because I don't watch American shows.
No, if they don't like it they can make their own shows.
Yes, it's embarrassing.
Only if the research is weak.

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Do you ever keep watching a show after it jumps the shark?
Yes, if I really love it.
Of course, I invested my time!
Not unless my boo wants to see it.
No, I cut my losses.

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Have you ever gone online to protest the possible or actual cancelation of a show?
Not really.
I protest show cancelations all the time.
Only when it's a really great show.
Wait, you can do that?

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Do you engage with shows beyond just watching them (e.g., going to cons, hanging out on message boards, holding viewing parties)?
No.
Yes, I get the paraphernalia.
Of course, I'm a nerd.
I talk about it at work.

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Do you think there are too many revivals right now?
Yes.
No, there should be more.
It's not about how many, it's about which ones.
There are about enough.

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Is there any downside to peak TV?
Yes, too much crap.
Yes, too much weird nonmainstream stuff.
Yes, too much choice!
No, and it is unAmerican even to consider that more could be bad.

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