The Entertaining and Educational Functions of TV Drama Series


Yean Tsai


The purpose of this study was to survey the degree to which TV drama series reflect social reality. The study also seeked to find out how much entertaining and educational functions were achieved by the TV drama series.

By investigating 119 episodes broadcasted in the second season of 1991, it was found that different TV drama genres fulfilled seperate entertaining or educational purposes. On the other hand, only family/friends stories and police/law genre reflected social realities while history/folk tales did not.

By utilizing phenominologic method, the study also examined the ideology and value systems contained in the drama episodes. It was found that TV drama series portrayed a cultural environment where law and ethical practices were missing. There was also egoism among social conflict, compitition, and kinship.