Television. Home to megastars such as Kelly Cuoco and Kevin James, it’s a place where housewives are relentlessly real, where fine food has its own trailer, and where Kevin Spacey, Kiefer Sutherland and Nick Nolte share the role of President of the United States.
It’s also a place that (very, very) occasionally broadcasts content with a social conscience. Content with the motivation to make the world a better place, advocating for a cause.
For The Love Of Meat with Matthew Evans debuts on SBS this week as host Matthew Evans investigates where our meat comes from and how one goes about eating meat ethically.
We are convening this socially conscious carnivorous content with a list of other socially conscious TV productions.
Making A Murderer
The filmmakers had justice on the mind when prying open the Steven Avery case. And soon, that desire for justice flowed on to the passionate binge-viewing audience.
After watching the Netflix series, we were all-but convinced of the Avery family’s innocence that we gathered together to play home detective/pundit and post status updates about it. Soon, invested viewers of Making a Murderer were vocal on wanting a re-examination of the judicial process.
After all, there are plenty of incarcerated people who are exactly what we wanted Avery to be —wrongfully deemed guilty.
Morgan Spurlock Inside Man
The Bees are dying, and it ain’t no good thing.
In his CNN documentary series, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explored a number of issues facing America, with episodes exploring issues related to migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, union workers, gun owners, education, bankruptcy, medical marijuana, drought conditions, and yes, the declining bee populations.
As with his famous documentary host Spurlock inserting himself into the nook and becoming a human test tube, a la his famous documentary Super Size Me, Inside Man has Spurlock at the centre of the series. While Inside Man is very much the Morgan Spurlock show, he’s unobjectionable enough to get away with acting as a placeholder for the everyman, and through a light-hearted tone aims to help the every-man grow aware of social issues.
John Safran Race Relations
One word. Jalestinian.
Down Under, the acceptance of religious and ethnic diversity is a sizzling social issue, and rightly so. While many will try to convince you that we are, on the whole, a tolerant nation, they’re most likely guilty of not looking past their own nose.
Safran, our one-time jester, has spent his career asking questions many of us are too timid or lazy to ask; disarming every culture or subculture with his unavoidable personality—part annoying younger brother, part annoyingly smart university classmate, and mostly annoyingly: talented satirist.
Louis Theroux - Assorted BBC Specials
As a documentarian, Theroux has produced work that cover such a wide array of topics from religious tensions in the Gaza Strip to the growing irrelevance of porn stars to relocating pedophiles to plastic surgery. Theroux is often at risk of bordering on exploitative nosiness, but the overriding earnestness of the host ensures that viewers are left with no doubt that Theroux’s intent is to spread awareness.
Theroux’s curiosity takes us to largely misunderstood or underexposed places, usually where human or mother nature presents a seemingly unsolvable, more-easily-ignored problem.
Before you scoff and dismiss 'The Street' as having descended into shameful wish-fulfillment for various celebrities to make guest appearances, remember that they only make up a fraction of the actual show.
Or at least that’s what those with children tell me. *cough*
Recent developments or controversies aside (I wish I could un-see that Elmo documentary) Sesame Street has used iconic characters and the power of repetition to teach ankle-biters to hold off on the ankle-biting and count to ten instead, which is such a Relief for parents that this entry is brought to you by the letter R.
We eat a lot of meat in Australia – more than most other nations on earth. But what on earth are we eating? Find out more with For The Love Of Meat with Matthew Evans, airing at 7:30pm on Thursdays. Watch the first episode on SBS On Demand: