An Introduction To “Background Noise”

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It’s not often we have all the time and attention to pay to some of our most beloved shows. Sometimes we are subjected to watching terrible television by just flipping on the tube and letting it scroll as far away from FOX News as possible. It is in these cases where we may be writing an essay, sending an email, or just plain scrolling through them DMs.

Queue the Yo Gotti background music…

So I’d like to propose a new article chain to bring to light here at The Establishing Shot. An entirely subjective take on what it means to have some background noise on while you are busy sitting in front of the TV paying little to no attention. Let us first break down a few ground rules for these background noise shows.

  1. Anatomy of the episode: The show must be made up in a way where we can glance up at between unsubscribing from mailing lists and Facebook chatting with a long lost cousin.
  2. Characters: We aren’t talking an all-star cast of complicated characters like The Sopranos or Entourage. We need simple and relatable characters who are enjoyable during their 30 seconds on the screen that we may watch half of.
  3. Seasonal Progression: This needs to be such a simple show that the distance between episode 1 and the final hurrah should be watching the final minute of the last episode. Simple, yet entertaining.
  4. Content Outlet: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Youtube, ETC. All of these content have one thing in common…an automatic “continue to next episode” feature. Big plus.

Put simply, Background Noise is a way for me to recommend decently entertaining shows that require little to no attention. This sets the bar slightly below Walter White’s blue crystal and Khaleesis dope dragons. This bar sits somewhere between the anatomy of Meredith Grey or Anthony Bourdains 15th travel/food show. Welcome to Background Noise. Sit up, grab a pen and paper, pull up a word document and get after it.


Ryan Rosenbaum
Founder In Chief at The Establishing Shot
Won more Oscars than Leo, less than Three Six Mafia. Frequent eater at Big Kahuna burger.
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  1. Most 1950s-1960s sitcoms fit this category. The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show, even I Love Lucy. Also, Pee Wee’s Playhouse. None of these shows have an episodic story line, meaning you don’t have to watch episodes in order to know what is going on.

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