Friday, June 28, 2013

Five TV shows any PR person will want to watch

Do you like shows that keep you at the edge of your seat? Or just make you think about real-life application?

The beauty with public relations is it’s a very interdisciplinary subject that can carry over into any profession. But if you are set on PR, here are some shows that I think you would enjoy.  


Everyone wants an Olivia Pope in their life: someone who knows exactly what to do and say in any given situation. She doesn’t know crisis management; she is crisis management. If you’re looking for something scandalous, this is it. It's one of the most addictive new shows, you've been warned.

House of Cards

I’ve written about some of this show’s PR lessons before, but that’s just looking at one episode – imagine what you can pull from an entire season. There’s enough here that will cater to journalists, lawyers, politicians and priests.

House of Lies

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s still some truth PR pros can pull from this show about management consultants. Or is there? To be honest, I haven’t actually seen the show. But hey, can’t go wrong with Don Cheadle and Kristin Bell starring, right?

The Newsroom

The series begins with a TV news host (Jeff Daniels) undergoing an extreme shift in ideology of presenting the news. Under a new program with new expectations, things become very challenging very quickly for our “mission to civilize” protagonist. How the characters go through the daily motions is fascinating when you see it through the lens of a PR pro.

Spun Out
A new show airing this year (hence no photo yet) that actually centralizes around PR folk. It makes sense, considering that there are increasingly more PR graduates in North America each year, and there is always a communication crisis that needs real remedy. I would check it out; maybe it’ll be the new Scandal (did I say that out loud?).

What are your favourite shows with PR elements?

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