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21 New Year's Resolutions For TV To Consider In 2016

Let's make 2016 awesome.

1. Stop doing that thing where characters hang up the phone without saying goodbye.



2. Put a moratorium on pairing teenage girls with love interests who are in their twenties.

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3. And on white dude antiheroes who treat everyone around them poorly but who are really good at their jobs.


We are all tired and there are other stories out there worth telling.

4. Make an effort to think of romantic drama that doesn't always involve love triangles.


5. Have more bisexual and pansexual characters actually say the words out loud.

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More characters of other orientations not often represented onscreen are also sorely needed.

6. Enact more diversity across the board.

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Behind the scenes, onscreen — everything, everywhere.

7. Know that it's OK to write out those annoying supporting characters.


8. Nominate more sci-fi and fantasy shows for Emmys when they wow us creatively.



9. Make more space in the landscape for the kinds of voices who aren't often given the chance to speak to the masses.

10. Understand that comedy doesn't have to be mean to be funny and worthwhile.


11. And that kind characters can be just as complex and interesting as gritty antiheroes.

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12. Take a breather from breaking up couples just to draw out a plot line.

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Look to shows like Parks and Recreation and The Mindy Project for examples of how good writing and conflict can still come out of in-tact relationships.

13. Never introduce another surprise love child.


Wasn't Gilmore Girls more than enough?

14. Maybe stop killing female characters to advance the storylines of male characters.

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Just a free idea right there.

15. And maybe don't kill every character whose actor decides to leave the show.


Moving out of town exists as an option!

16. Think up dramatic stories for characters that involve less sexual assault.


17. Use less voiceover as exposition — unless you’re as good at it as Jane the Virgin.

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18. Make more Shonda Rhimeses.

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There doesn't have to only be one! We either need to get on top of that whole cloning thing or let more people with strong voices have their chance.

19. Let shows decide how many episodes actually work for the story they're trying to tell.


Sometimes that's seven, sometimes that's 24.

20. Basically stop living under the rules of ye olden days make some stuff that really screams 2k16.

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The time have changed, bruh.

21. Oh, and make a Harlem Renaissance prestige series.

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