What Italians watch and we’re not talking about Italian made TV

While daytime US TV shows are not quite as popular as they were before, Italians still seem to enjoy a diverse selection of American made shows, ranging from soaps to investigations to superheroes, among others.

TV shows

The Bold and the Beautiful

Set against the backdrop of modern day Los Angeles, this drama revolves around the exploits of the influential Forrester family, and their company was known as Forrester Creations, as they are pitted against rival families and businesses in a classic soap opera setting.

The characters are a fine examination of the duplicity of human nature, and the situations they find themselves in are illogical at times. But that’s soap opera for you, and in this particular case, it makes for a pretty alluring mix.


Led by Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a quirky blend of individuals solves crimes ranging from terrorism to spying to murder that is somehow tied to the Marine Corp or the Navy.

The team, which consists of wisecracking detective Anthony DiNozzo, odd forensics expert Abby Sciuto, gifted yet insecure Timothy McGee and experienced Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard, deals with situations going from real to humorous to suspenseful, which never cease to hook one up.

The casting seems to have been made for the show, and the writing complements their talents perfectly. No wonder the show has maintained its ratings even after a recently concluded 13th season!

The Flash

Chronicling the adventures of DC Comics hero Barry Allen aka The Flash, the show tells the story of a man who lost his parents to a cruel turn of fate at the age of 11. He has since become a crime scene investigator who is fueled by a desire to uncover the truth behind his mother’s demise (for which his father was wrongly convicted).

In his quest for the truth, he has become obsessed with both urban legend and scientific developments. After getting struck by lightning due to a failed consequence of his most recent obsession going wrong (a revolutionary particle accelerator), Barry wakes up from a nine-month comma to discover he has super-speed.

Calling himself The Flash, Barry devotes his life to the protection of the innocent who have become vulnerable to others who gained superpowers but are using them for evil ends. In spite of this, he continues to attempt to solve the mystery from his childhood.

In spite of its classic comic book premise, The Flash manages to engage its viewers (not just hardcore comic book fans) through its fleshed out characters and compelling storyline. In fact, it does a much better job of keeping its audience engaged than the movies DC has been recently shipping out.

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