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Television in the United States has almost always been produced to suit the broad audience capturing mainstream elements and beliefs Through televisions history the changes in popular culture and belief can be seen similar to how it can be seen on the television of today As fads and trends move through and new generations mature new ideas become accepted and normalized At the same time as a civilization we improve on our past ideas with new technology and beliefs that we believe are better than before As Technology improves society becomes more accepting and mainstream society is more interested in high-tech productions the fantasy and science fiction genre in television will continue to expand and develop as it becomes more accepted by the mainstream culture as it has in recent yearsFantasy and science fiction have always been a minority genre throughout history not looked upon as highly cultured television but rather as popular entertainment due to non-relatable characters such as aliens and robots Though often exploring unique themes such as societal tensions human instincts and political themes the genre has been ridiculed and avoided in the past due to its common past rejection from mainstream culture forcing fantasy and science fiction shows to adapt to subcultures and become identified as Nerdy This identification as a nerdy or subculture genre has begun a transition starting around the 1990s when technological advances allowed for larger budget films with even more spectacular affects and realistic elements A transition from minority subculture genre to mainstream that would profoundly impact the future of the genreThriving in recent years the fantasy and science fiction genre has become mainstream with recent works such as Xena the Warrior Lord of the Rings Star Trek Harry Potter The Matrix and The Game of Thrones Xena the Warrior was one of the earlier fantasy shows on television to garner a large following Increases in technology allowed the show to be produced cheaper than ever before
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