Popular Culture Media Analysis Worksheet

Popular Culture Media Analysis Worksheet

Choose examples of religion in current popular culture from the following list: (1) a dramatic television show (usually one hour in length), (2) a television sitcom, complete a worksheet on them.

Complete the following two parts. Pen must be used. Please print neatly. Answers must be in full sentences and not point form. Citations using MLA format should be used throughout.

  1. One-Hour Television Drama

Watch an episode of a one-hour drama currently on television and answer the following questions.

  1. What television series did you watch? __________________________________________
  2. What is the title of the episode that you watched? _______________________________
  3. When did the episode first air? ________________________________________________
  4. What date did you watch the episode? _________________________________________
  5. Where did you watch the episode (e.g., Netflix, CBC, or ABC)? _______________________
  6. What is the intended purpose of this media (e.g., entertainment, education, or informational) and who is the audience? __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  7. Summarize the plot of the episode. ____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  8. Which religion(s) is portrayed in the episode? __________________________________
  9. What religious symbols, myths, or rituals are portrayed in the episode? Please list them and describe how they are portrayed. ____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  10. Describe how the religion(s) is incorporated into the story. For example, is it a major plot line or part of a character’s identity? Please explain. _________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  11. How would you characterize the episode’s portrayal of religion? For example, do you feel that the religion(s) is accurately portrayed in the episode, and does it promote or challenge stereotypes? Please explain. ____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  12. Television Sitcom

Watch an episode of a sitcom currently on television and answer the following questions.
A. What television series did you watch? __________________________________________

  1. What is the title of the episode that you watched? _______________________________
  2. When did the episode first air? ________________________________________________
  3. What date did you watch the episode? _________________________________________
  4. Where did you watch the episode (e.g., Netflix, CBC, or ABC)? _______________________
  5. What is the intended purpose of this media (e.g., entertainment, education, or informational) and who is the audience? __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  6. Summarize the plot of the episode. ____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  7. Which religion(s) is portrayed in the episode? __________________________________
  8. How are religious symbols, myths, or rituals portrayed in the episode? Please list them and describe how they are portrayed. ________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  9. Describe how the religion(s) is incorporated into the story. For example, is it a major plot line or part of a character’s identity? Please explain. _________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  10. How would you characterize the episode’s portrayal of religion? For example, do you feel that the religion(s) is accurately portrayed in the episode, and does it promote or challenge stereotypes? Please explain. ____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________