Labor Day may signal the end of summer, but it also means the dawn of a new season back in the television salt mines for many of our favorite characters.
From creating ads on Mad Men to trying to cure rare diseases on Grey’s Anatomy, our fictional friends on television are serious about their work. No matter what the channel or the time of day, chances are one of your favorite characters is working hard for the money — probably with a side dose of intrigue, relationship drama, terrorist activity, or a combination of all of those, if you’re Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison.
This year, it seemed like the perfect time to check in with some television favorites, past and present, whose occupations have been front and center on their shows. What would 30 Rock have been without, well, 30 Rock? Not a show within a show, that’s for sure. Cheers without Cheers? Same deal.
What are the most represented occupations on television? Ten years ago, a study analyzed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics found that they weren’t always the most realistic, nor reflective of the average American’s experience. The point of tv was to entertain, and even the popular categories of medical, legal, police, and crimefighting were over the top. This may not have changed a whole lot, but some things have, including an entire hit series, The Office, based around the extraordinary daily interactions of employees at a very ordinary paper company.
Anyone who has ever gone through team building exercise may be able to relate, anyway!