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American conservatives and liberals are sharply divided on many issues – especially these days.
And it turns out one of them is television.
In fact, a study by social-media research firm Fizziology suggests there are only three major TV shows that both sides like equally.
So which shows do each side favor?
According to Fizziology, the shows that liberals enjoy most have more diverse casts, and seem to center around modern life in “urban settings.” Conservatives tend to favor shows with “traditional notions of heroism and bravery,” which revolve around the military, or rescue workers.
Fizziology cofounder Ben Carlson spoke to Business Insider about how the study was conducted, and which particular shows were enjoyed by people on both sides of the political spectrum.
To create the samples of liberals and conservatives, data analysts at Fizziology identified audience personas by pulling from social-media bios. From there, they calculated which shows significantly over or under-performed with those samples.
Carlson said there wasn’t much of an overlap when it came to liberal and conservative television preferences. There were only three shows that liberals and conservatives both seemed to enjoy equally: “Dancing with the Stars,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” and “The Orville.”
Carlson pointed out that these shows “don’t necessarily have a political flavor,” and suggested that probably had a lot to do with why liberals and conservatives both enjoyed them.
“Dancing and space – these are the things that unite our country,” Carlson said.
Here are the top five shows most popular with both conservative and liberal audiences:
Conservative: “The Brave”
The military sets out on risky missions behind enemy lines.
Liberal: “Will & Grace”
“Will & Grace” recently returned to television, bringing major criticisms of the Trump administration with it.
Conservative: “Kevin Can Wait”
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Leah Remini and Kevin James star in this sitcom about the difficulties of retirement.
Liberal: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
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Rachel Bloom stars in the musical comedy series about a woman obsessed with her ex-boyfriend.
Conservative: “Blue Bloods”
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Tom Selleck stars in “Blue Bloods” as NY police commissioner Frank Reagan.
Liberal: “Broad City”
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Co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer star in this comedic series about life in NYC.
Conservative: “Lethal Weapon”
Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford star in this series reboot of the popular 1987 film “Lethal Weapon.”
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross play an upper class couple trying to stay connected to their black heritage while living in a predominately white neighborhood.
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The NCIS team investigates a wide range of crimes, from homicides to terrorism in this hour-long procedural.
Liberal: “The Good Place”
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“The Good Place” stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in a unique comedy about the afterlife.
Liberal and Conservative: “Dancing with the Stars”
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Celebrities pair up with professional dancers in this competition reality show.
Liberal and Conservative: “The Orville”
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane stars in the space comedy, “The Orville.”
Liberal and Conservative: “Star Trek: Discovery”
The Discover fleet travels the universe and discovers new worlds in this newest addition to the “Star Trek” universe.