The Plugged In Show, Episode 56: Franchises, Fans and Families

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LISTEN TO THE PLUGGED IN SHOW, EPISODE 56

Star Wars. The Avengers. Harry Potter.

Many of us don’t have a “favorite movie” anymore as much as we have a favorite franchise. We watch the movies. Binge the TV shows. Play the games. Buy the toothbrushes.

When the research firm NRG did a study on the culture’s most powerful, most inspiring franchises, the results were interesting—and they inspired us to talk about those franchises as a whole. Why are they so popular? Why do we gravitate to these extended universes that can’t possibly fit in a single movie? And why do the most popular franchises tend to be—at least to some extent—family friendly?

We talk about this and lots, lots more on our newest podcast.

Oh, and once you’ve listened, take a spin through reviews and blogs of everything we’ve talked about.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. -My favorite franchise is easily Harry Potter, all the movies are worth seeing even the comparatively weaker prisoner of Azkaban. That being said I also dearly love the Friday the 13th films, the American Pies and the three Austin Powers and back to the future movies.

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