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The TV Showrunner's Roadmap by Neil Landau

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6Value Family Dynamics

Every television series is about a family—whether they’re related by blood or not.

Some series are literally about a family: Modern Family, Parenthood, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Dallas, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Friday Night Lights, Homeland, The Americans, Weeds, The Killing (seasons 1 and 2), American Horror Story (season 1), and Brothers & Sisters.

The Americans is an example of an arranged marriage between two Soviet KGB agents, Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys), who are posing as an American couple in the Washington, D.C., area. In order for them to blend into their suburban bedroom community and not arouse suspicion, their deep cover assignment necessitated having children. The clever ...

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