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'Graph TV' Plots Episode Ratings in a Design-Conscious Way

By: Nina Shewchuk - Published: Apr 10, 2014 • References: graphtv.kevinformatics and avclub
Developed by software engineer Kevin Wu, Graph TV is a site that looks up the IMDb ratings of a given TV show, and instantly plots them on a scatter graph. Each graph displays linear regressions for every season, as well as for an entire series, allowing users to see precisely when a certain series hit its stride, or crashed and burned. The site also includes the option to print and download graphs, ensuring that you have evidence to point to the next time someone tries to convince you of the merits of Dexter’s controversial final episode.

The fact that the graphs reflect the views of the general TV watching public is largely attributable to the Internet’s power in shaping discourse on television shows. The inclusivity of the web has enabled average TV watchers to freely visit public forums from week to week and chime in with their own opinions about their favorite series. Apart from being wildly addictive, Graph TV illustrates how the Internet has helped validate television criticism, and by extension, television viewing.