Document Type


First Faculty Advisor

Judy McDonnell

Second Faculty Advisor

Susan Baran


quality TV; streaming; popularity; binge watching; TV shows


Bryant University

Rights Management



The purpose of this Honors Thesis is to explore how viewers define quality TV for themselves. This study places the quality TV discourse within the context of the rise of the streaming industry and the decline in traditional moviegoing. To carry out this study, a Qualtrics survey with closed-ended questions and open-ended contextual questions was administered to 162 students at Bryant University. The survey sheds light on the characteristics that viewers deem most important in assessing the quality of television series while at the same time identifying recent shows that viewers believe deserve the "quality TV" label.

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