Why TV Shows Do "Crossover" Episodes

A "crossover" is when characters from one series/property appear in an unrelated series/property. In comic books, the "shared universe" idea is so intrinsic, characters regularly guest star in each other's magazines. There are different reasons for doing a TV crossover. The first is just for the fun of it.

What Were the Makers of <i>Cracked</i> Thinking?

Often modern Canadian TV series will tackle issues (if at all) with a certain bourgeois indignity, as though trying to seem mad but not really sure about what, or why. Some series I've seen will work themselves up over seeming non-issues, or like the writers don't really know much about their topics.

Mental Illness Education Still Gets a Fail

Almost 4 per cent of the population develops schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and these disorders mostly appear in youth and young adults. The families who this year will discover the agony of psychotic illnesses need to know that genuine help is available. The path to that help is just much more treacherous than it should be.

The (White) Face of Canadian TV and Film

Look at the faces around you in any big city in Canada. Now turn on a TV series or movie. Is that world appearing on screen? It's not whether non-white actors appear or even star in Canadian movies -- they do! -- it's how often they get roles that don't require a non-white actor.

How We Portray Mental Health on TV Matters

Mental health is currently on the forefront of two TV shows that I'm keeping an eye on. Half of my friends believe highlighting the struggles of those with mental illness in a fictional manner only furthers the stigma. The other half believes Hollywood has the ability to use its magic to accurately depict the day-to-day life of those with mental illness.