Teen-Focused Programs Attracting Older Audiences

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:01pm
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:06pm

TV shows and movies have tried to appeal to teen audiences for generations, and that effort has continued into the 21st century.

Netflix recently unveiled the program "13 Reasons Why," which focuses on the suicide of a teenage girl.

Although it involves mostly young characters, the program isn’t only aimed at younger viewers. But even when that has been the goal of writers and producers, many on the broad spectrum of teen-focused programs have attracted older audiences.

To learn about why that may be, I’m joined by Jonathan Gray. He’s a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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