There aren’t a lot of TV shows that have different target audiences. Very few shows seem be lasting much more than a few seasons at a time anyway. There was once a point in time where reality TV was all the rage. That has faltered a bit as new ideas have become few and far between. And the only things haven’t been done are concepts that involve actual reality. Sports programs tend to be a more likely source of cooperation between the genders, but even that isn’t all that common.
The following 5 programs are examples of TV series, both past and present that at first glance are total chick shows, but for for they have appealing story lines that relate to men. Here’s are five shows show made for chicks, but can also be enjoyed by men.
1. The OC (2003-2007) – While it only lasted 4 seasons (or editions), The OC was a prime example of humor, wit, eye candy, and storylines that were and continue to be relevant to the intended age demographic (15-25). But enough about the functionality. Guys can dig this show because there is both a nice guy and a bad boy, as well as some crazy siblings and high school enemies. There are tons of hotties (Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Olivia Wilde, Autumn Reeser, Willa Holland, the list goes on) and two fit, mature mothers (Kelly Rowan and Melinda Clark). There’s fighting, drug use, and attractive girls. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a compelling trip down memory lane for guys that weren’t standing on the wall at high school dances.
2. Gossip Girl (2007-2012) – Adapted from a book written by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl is an inside look at the social scene of New York City’s high society. Following a group of teens through much of high school and after, the actual “Gossip Girl” is an unknown blogger that leaks information online based on tips given by various sources. Characters such as Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) appeal to the common man and bed their fair share of good-looking girls. But Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) steals the show. His crazy antics and timely humor put the spotlight square on his shoulders regardless of the direction of each episode. By the time you are done watching this show you will wish you were him. Plus there are several lookers including Blake Lively. Leighton Meester, Jessica Szohr, and Kelly Rutherford.
3. 90210 (2008-2013) – The new edition of the Beverly Hills crew didn’t last nearly as long as its previous successor, nor did it feature as many big-named musical acts. But the most recent cast did bring a new energy to the franchise. Any guy who’s balls have dropped will recognize Tristan Wilds from his time on HBO’s The Wire. Wilds plays Dixon Wilson as a relatable character with tons of athleticism, good looks, musical talent, and friends that make the Abercrombie catalog models look busted (not that it’s hard). Other characters Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger), Liam Court (Matt Lanter), and Teddy Montgomery (Trevor Donovan) provide several archetypes that all kinds of men can relate to. While the characters have over the top lives and the progression of the storyline is somewhat far-fetched, guys can enjoy the pretty girls that provide plenty of the drama (AnnaLynne McCord, Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup, and Jessica Lowndes).
4. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-Present) – While seen a girly show on the surface, it is the male leads that make this show so compelling. Male chief surgeons still rule the hospital and while most of the plot centers around a few of the female leads but McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and McSteamy (Eric Dane) provide plenty of action and interest within all of the female squabbles. Two other main male characters Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), who is married to the annoying Asian chick, and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) play large roles in the drama as well. The female talent isn’t as impressive but actresses Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Chyler Leigh, and Kate Walsh provide enough to look at.
5. New Girl (2011-Present) – New Girl may be seen as a show somewhere in the middle of gender-based demographics but the main character is Jess (played by the quirky, yet oddly hot Zooey Deschanel). However, much like NPH isn’t the main character on How I Met Your Mother, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) makes the show every show with short, witty quips that make you laugh out loud. Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) and Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris) play the lovable nerd and the token-conscious black guy very well. And if you ever get tired of the plot or one-liners (which is difficult) you won’t get tired of looking at CeCe (Hannah Simone), even though she has a lazy eye.