What Would TV Do? Party!
What Would TV Do? Party!
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life's mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television.

All work and no play makes for seriously dull TV. Partying is essential to the viewing experience, and television knows this. Maybe you can't have your own parties (after all, you are too busy watching TV to plan or attend such events), but television can provide.

There are lots of parties on TV -- parties you can admire from afar, parties you can emulate in your real life. And parties you can watch instead of engaging in that whole social life thing.

Television has enough parties for everyone!

What would TV do?

Celebrate everything, all the time.
It's important to celebrate life. All the time.

Life is particularly fragile on television, where characters have the tendency to disappear at the whims of sadistic producers. So they've definitely got an incentive to party.

The characters on The Vampire Diaries must be particularly aware of their mortality -- sensible in a town overrun with vampires, werewolves and witches. That's why they party. They party every week. If there's not a school carnival, there's a "Founder's" event. Or a kegger in the woods. Or a themed dance at the high school. They party, and then they die.

Seems fair.

Engage in inappropriate behavior.
On TV, parties are all about inappropriate behavior. Characters lock lips (and sometimes do more) with someone else's significant other. Underage characters almost invariably drink. Unexpected results are the order of the evening. Any lessons that the characters need to learn can wait until the morning after.

Television gave us all of this with the recent Glee episode, "Blame It on the Alcohol." Blaine and Rachel and Sam and Brittany kissed, despite the presence of significant others and issues of sexual orientation. And there was drinking. Oh, there was drinking! The lessons were minimal, but how much can you fit in around partying and singing?

Go with a masquerade theme.
Have you ever been to a masquerade party? No? Well, then you're obviously not partying correctly. On television, it's all about masquerade parties. The Vampire Diaries had one. Chuck had one. Gossip Girl had one. It's what all of the cool TV kids are doing! So get out your fancy masks and formal gowns to join in the fun!


So are you ready to party?

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