Chinese Drama TV Shows

About Chinese Drama

Television in the People's Republic of China got a slow start compared to TV in the United States. Even in the 1970s, access to television was rare in China, there was only about one television set for every 100 Chinese citizens at the end of the decade, but by the middle of the 1980s, approximately 85 percent of Chinese citizens had access to a TV. Programming expanded accordingly, and by the end of the 80s, about half of Chinese TV programming consisted of entertainment content, a contrast to the official political programming that had dominated in the medium's early years.

Chinese programming, in large part, has developed similarly to its counterparts in the West. Genres are varied and include romantic dramas and comedies, action and adventure stories and even musicals. The plots and characters, of course, conform to particularly Chinese cultural norms, and the martial arts show up here perhaps more than they do in Western drama.

In recent years, Chinese television programming has become available outside China via the internet and companies that export the programming to foreign markets. In the United States, Tai Seng Entertainment operates the MyTV website, a service that streams Chinese TV programming on personal computers and mobile devices. Subscribers have access to the latest Chinese programming, and the website caters to both Chinese living abroad and others interested in Chinese programming by offering its website content in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

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