Admit it, you’ve all watched at least one thing that’s come from the CW. And you secretly loved every minute of it. Whether you were traversing Upper East Side drama with Gossip Girl, engaging in monster-mayhem with The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural or seeing double the trouble during the now-deceased Ringer, there’s just something about the little network that could that continually snags viewers that eventually become cult-TV fiends.
If there’s one thing hit shows on the CW don’t lack, it’s attitude. The writers assembled for each series are capable of blending humor and sass with drama and heartbreak in the character’s dialogue that make you want to simultaneously laugh until you cry and rip your hair out all in one go. The writers for the CW do something different that other networks haven’t managed yet. They make characters familiar by what they say, ensuring that in the end, the viewer feels like they’re getting to know a friend rather than an authority figure.
2. It’s not afraid to be adventurous.
While every other network has found what works and stuck to it, the CW has never been afraid to take risks. It’s not know for being a comedy or drama network, but rather as being the one-stop-shop for your entertainment needs. And this open policy has led to the network gaining a more varied audience than some would assume. But it also ensures, for me at least, that I’m always going to be on the lookout for pilot season and the introduction of new story lines, and somewhat recycled plots like the newest superhero hit Arrow, which took over for the classic Smallville.
3. It did sci-fi/fantasy before monsters were cool.
Before ABC’s Once Upon A Time, NBC’s Revolution and FOX’s Terra Nova (rest in peace, you beautiful dinosaur creation), CW had created shows like Smallville and Supernatural and made them into catchy, adventurous and, most importantly, quality television hits. Now that the rest of the entertainment industry has caught on, the fantasy realm isn’t as innovative anymore. But the CW found its footing in a slippery genre long before monsters were something to cuddle up with.
4. Mark Pedowitz.
The CW president has many redeeming qualities that serve him well, including an apparent appreciation for the 80s (according to this recent article on The Hollywood Reporter) and a hatred for the Neilsen ratings that almost rivals my own. But Pedowitz also has an understanding for what works, what doesn’t, and how things should be handled during the in between. Women love Joseph Morgan from The Vampire Diaries? Let’s give him a spin-off. CW viewers can’t stand another medical melodrama? Axe Emily Owens, M.D. before it costs us too much money. I can appreciate the decisive choices he makes, even if he did take away Ringer before I was prepared to let go.
5. The viewers.
Sure, CW shows don’t rake in the viewing numbers like its competitors, comparable to being the star quarterback’s nerdy little brother in high school. But what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in passion. Fans of the shows dedicated their time to writing fanfiction, making beautiful works of art based on the various series and even repeatedly voting their fingers off for various online polls and awards. Take the Supernatural fandom for instance, who recently not only won the show its second-consecutive Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy award at the Peoples Choice Awards, but also won Favorite Fan Following for themselves. You don’t see that kind of dedication on every network.