Why and how do certain TV shows gain a cult following?

How does a cult following form for a TV show? The definition of a cult following “is a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of culture. A film, book, musical artist, television series, or video game, among other things, will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fan base.”

My example of a TV show with a cult following is the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Game of Thrones is based on the hit book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. The series is considered to be the most highly acclaimed TV series of all time, with one of the most passionate fan bases ever with opinions of a more extreme fan base than the likes of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

The original cult following of Game of Thrones came from the readers of the book series with the first book released in 1996. The readers of the books are the main source to the cult following and due to word of mouth which appeared to be more effective than the marketing campaigns the cult following grew even bigger.


4 thoughts on “Why and how do certain TV shows gain a cult following?

  1. you have introduced the topic very clearly to the reader and given a good example of a TV show with a cult following, however now you need to progress on to begin to analyze why this happens. How does the use of social media affect these followings? Also is this a new craze or something that has been happening for years- why do you think this?

  2. abiclaytonx says:

    I agree with Sam, you have introduced the topic well and you have great examples which shows you have researched well… but you do need to analyse and question why these shows have such a huge following and how this affects future programmes that may be made. I think these 3 paragraphs could be joined together to make a really substancial and interesting first paragraph. I don’t think you should introduce examples as ‘my example for this is…’ as I think this will waste words when you could cut straight to the point and get into analysing and answering your question.

    This topic is very contemporary and there is lots of examples – I think you should take this further including more sources, more media terms and then develop it even further eventually including theories. E.g. cultural effects theory.

    This is a really interesting topic which opens up a lot of questions. Can’t wait to find out more from reading your work. 🙂

  3. kingemma96 says:

    The topic is clearly introduced as you explain what a cult following is. I agree with Sam in the way you should progress your work by analysing why this happens rather than going straight on to speaking about the Game Of Thrones. Other than that i think you have chosen a good topic to focus on.

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