Are you hooked on Homeland or dying for more Downton What your favourite TV series says about you
16:01 GMT, 1 October 2012
After months of counting down the days, Homeland is back on our screens this coming Sunday night on Channel 4.
But what is it about the show that has the nation hooked
Yes, there’s the intrigue — plus the dashing male lead Damian Lewis and the beautiful Claire Danes — but according to psychotherapist Dr Gary Solomon, there are deeper reasons for what makes a TV series so important to us.
‘Sitting down to watch an entertaining TV show that delves into issues relevant to your life is a non-threatening way to start getting to grips with your own problems,’ he says.
Counting down the days: Homeland is back on our screens this coming Sunday night on Channel 4
Here, he reveals what your favourite TV series says about you.
YOU LOVE: HOMELAND
Why You feel life is a juggling act.
You don’t need to be bipolar to identify with Claire Danes’s character — she stands for everyone who feels they’re not managing to have a normal life. Additionally, despite being an outsider, she is a high-functioning individual, which can encourage us to be less self-critical.
YOU LOVE: DOWNTON ABBEY
Why You crave reassurance.
The good old days Fans of Downton Abbey crave reassurance, according to psychotherapist Dr Gary Solomon
While loving Downton reflects a desire to return to the good old days, which boosts mood, it’s the tear-jerking moments that have real value, giving us a sense of release without personal trauma.
YOU LOVE: THE KILLING
Why You’re stressed out.
Tense thriller: The Killing stars Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden
It can reduce stress levels to watch shows where people get murdered. We have little control over stresses in our daily lives, but the stress — or excitement — from a tense thriller is similar to the rush you get on a rollercoaster. A short, controlled blast of stress hormones is exhilarating.