2011 In Review: A Very Incesty Year For TV

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Jeff Holland, Threat Quality
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Boy, this has been an awfully incesty TV season, huh? More incesty than I would have necessarily expected at the start of the year. I can say that.

Mostly HBO. Like, ¾ HBO. Even less, if it turns out there’s some surprise twist to 2 Broke Girls that makes that thing a LOT more interesting.

I mean, on Game of Thrones, you’d have to be Ned Stark a bit dim not to figure all the conspicuously blonde people were sibling-banging (I kid, Ned, I kid), but that’s a medieval fantasy show. You gotta prepare yourself for that sort of business.

And sure, once it became clear the ongoing arc of this season of Bored To Death was “Jonathan’s search for the sperm bank where he came from,” you could make the leap that SOMEWHERE there might be an incest joke.

But Boardwalk Empire? Dexter? It was a little more fun when we in the audience made incest jokes for fun to mock Jennifer Carpenter’s acting alleviate boredom or tension. When the thing we’re picking on tries to act like they’re in on the joke too, that’s just…weird. LET US BULLY YOU, TV SHOWS.

Now, I am not a TV EXPERT…though I AM a man who watches a lot of TV that does not involve surgically-waterproofed rich housewives. So I feel confident in saying that 2011 was probably the most incest-heavy season of television since…well, I guess since Arrested Development was on the air.

Though maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there was a really weird night at the Keaton household on a very special, very uncomfortable episode of Family Ties.

All I know is I don’t want to do a further Google search on any of this.

  1. John Jackson says:

    But the Targaryens are also blonde and pale…interesting…
    (I’ve not read the books, so I wouldn’t know if that has been hashed out at all.)

  2. braak says:

    Oh, yeah, the Targaryen (and their dragons) were inbred as hell. That wasn’t even a secret in the books.

  3. Jeff Holland says:

    I haven’t read the books either, but yeah. Kinda figured.

    BUT THE DRAGONS? THAT’S JUST SICK! Wait, how do dragons do it NEVERMIND.

    Now I’m gonna be all confused if they introduce a blonde character who ISN’T a product of inbreeding. But I’m assuming that’s not too likely.

    I’ll be doubly confused if there’s a dragon with a flowing blonde mane.

  4. braak says:

    Well, blondeness is a recessive trait, and there aren’t any actual blonde populations in Westeros, I don’t think (maybe some of the Northern bannermen?), which means if a blonde person turns up, there’s probably a pretty good chance they’ve got some inbreeding in their background.

  5. braak says:

    And the thing about the dragons is that there were only three or four of them, so they just had to keep breading them with each other to get more. That’s why there aren’t any big ones left, and the last dragons that Daenerys and what’s-his-name had were small and sickly.

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