Date of Award

8-16-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Film, Video & Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Jade Petermon, PhD

Second Advisor

Ethan Tussey, PhD

Third Advisor

Alessandra Raengo, PhD

Abstract

From 1987 to 1993 on NBC, A Different World focused on African American students navigating their experience at an elite Historically Black College and University (HBCU). From 1999 until 2004, The Parkers on UPN focused on a mother and daughter navigating their experience at a Community College. The Parkers and A Different World are similar television shows whose reception is impacted by how each series is indexed to their original production culture, syndication packages, and streaming platforms. By examining the history of the reception of both shows from original broadcast, syndication, to streaming, I seek to understand how their index transforms each iteration of the shows and how each series continue to live due to their financial marketability to attract Black audiences for more business.

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