Once an oxymoron, “quality” television dramas have become a mainstay of subscription and free-to-air television in many parts of the world. Many of these dramas are designed to draw viewers in multiple territories. This course will examine the basics of television theory through the lens of transnational quality dramas. What are the aesthetics of television as a medium? What attributes do transnational television dramas have in common? Are these conventions truly transnational, or do they have regional variances? What historical, institutional, and economics forces explain the emergence of high quality transnational television dramas at this moment in time?