Archive | May, 2010

The Origins of TV Show Creators

26 May 2010

A friend and I wanted to settle a stupid bet.  He said alumni from our alma mater Wesleyan had created more active TV shows than any other academic institution.  I argued it was probably USC.  Turns out we were both wrong.

Here’s the breakdown for TV program creators (developers where appropriate) by undergraduate education:


  • Only active non-reality, non-game shows are counted
  • Fractions come from shows with multiple creators or creators with multiple places of origin
  • Grad schools are not counted (USC ran away with this one)
  • Some shows don’t make the cut because info isn’t widely available

And just for grins… by home state, province, or country:

The sample set is pretty small, but some of these shows are clearly influenced by the stereotypes of their creator’s school or home.