Netflix, Dark Fantastic Genres and Intergenerational Viewing
Family Watch Together TV
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Focusing on Netflix’s child and family-orientated platform exclusive content, this book offers the first exploration of a controversial genre cycle of dark science-fiction, horror, and fantasy television under Netflix’s ‘Family Watch Together TV’ tag.
Using a ground-breaking mix of methods including audience research, interface, and textual analysis, the book demonstrates how Netflix is producing dark family telefantasy content that is both reshaping child and family friendly TV genres and challenging earlier broadcast TV models around child-appropriate, family viewing. It illuminates how Netflix encourages family audiences to "watch together" through intergenerational dynamics that work on and offscreen. Chapters explore how this ‘Netflixication’ of family television developed across landmark examples including Stranger Things, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and even Squid Game. The book outlines how Netflix is consolidating a new dark family terrain in the streaming sector which is unsettling older concepts of family viewing leading to considerable audience and critical confusion around target audiences and viewer expectations.
This book will be of particular interest to upper level undergraduates, graduates and scholars in the fields of television studies, screen genre studies, childhood studies, and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Family Viewing in the Age of Netflix 2. Intergenerational Nostalgia and "Family Watch Together TV" On Netflix: Stranger Things as Dark Family Telefantasy Prototype 3. The New "Family Watch Together TV": A Series of Unfortunate Events 4. Affective Contagion: Lost in Space’s old fans and young viewers 5. The Haunted Nostalgia of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 6. Raising Dion: Paratexts, genre creep and the horror next door 7. New Frontiers in Family Viewing: From Stranger Things 4 to Squid Game
Djoymi Baker is Lecturer in Cinema Studies at RMIT University, Australia. She has published work on children’s television history, film and television genres, stardom, and intergenerational fandom. Djoymi is the author of To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Trek (2018) and the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014).
Jessica Balanzategui is Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, where she is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. She has published widely on "problematic" children’s screen genres in journals including New Media Society and Convergence, and is the author of The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema (Amsterdam UP, 2018).
Diana Sandars is an academic in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published widely on the children of Australian and Hollywood screens. Diana is the author of What a Feeling: The Hollywood Musical After MTV (Intellect, forthcoming) and co-editor of Gothic in the Oceanic South: Maritime, Marine and Aquatic Uncanny in Southern Waters (Routledge, forthcoming).