The selected TV series have all been recently produced (some are still running) and have all enjoyed undisputed success, so much so that they were immediately dubbed into Italian and broadcast, with an observable translational impact.
As regards the TV genres, the series being transcribed belong to three different categories:
- series that are strongly centred on interpersonal and family relationships (family dramas and dramedies): Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, and Gilmore Girls.
- legal and police dramas: The Good Wife, Boston Legal, and Midsomer Murders
- recently produced series that depict different historical periods: Downton Abbey and Mad Men.
This central core of series will be expanded over time by adding other thematic series.
Moreover, some small-scale studies are being conducted by students who have chosen to write their MA dissertations on other series: currently, Family Guy, How I Met your Mother, Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye, and Will & Grace.