TV Vocabulary

Vocabulary to help students understand and describe television shows or movies.
an episode (n)
a specific TV program that is part of a series in which the same story is continued each week:[
a couch potato (n)
a person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down watching television.
cast (n./ v)
the category name for all of the actors who play characters in a TV show, movie or play. Each character is a cast member.
a character (n)
a person in a TV show, movie or story
main character (n)
the most important person in the TV show, movie or story
a series (n)
a continuing weekly TV show which has the same characters.
a clicker (n)
another word for the remote control that changes channels on your TV.
the tube (n)
an informal word for television or TV
Ex. What did you watch on he tube last night?
a TV channel (n)
A television station and its programs.
Example: CBC is on channel 3.
a RV pilot (n)
the first episode of a TV series
a network (n)
A group of radio or television stations, which broadcast many of the same programs, but in different parts of the one country:
ratings (n)
A measurement to see how many people are watching a particular TV show. Ratings help networks to decide which shows should continue.
a season (n)
a specific period of time when a TV series is shown. Most series have two 13 week seasons.
a rerun (n)
a TV show that has already been shown before.
a commercial (n)
a television advertisement
prime time (n)
the time on TV between 7:00 and 10:00 when the highest number of people are watching TV. This is when networks put on their best shows.
an infomercial (n)
a TV program that looks like a documentary, but is really a half hour advertisement for a product or service.
a public service announcement (n)
an announcement during the commercial break about important public issues like drinking and driving.
a script (n)
the written part of a TV show, play or story
a role (n)
the part an actor plays in a TV show, movie or play.
a remote control (n)
a handheld device you use to change channels on TV
a sitcom ( a situation comedy) (n)
a half hour show that usually shows the life of a family or a group of friends. Most of the time these are comedies.
a soap opera (n)
a TV show about the daily lives and relationships of the same group of people, which is broadcast every day.
a news anchor (n)
Someone who reads the news on TV and introduces news reports [= newsreader British English]
family friendly (adj)
shows that are O.K. for children to watch . These shows don't show sex or violence.
a viewer (n)
A person who watches TV or movies
"to zap" (v)
to use a remote control device or "clicker" to switch channels, turn down the sound or turn off the TV.
broadcasting (n)
the business of making television and radio programmes:
a broadcast ( n) / to broadcast
a television or radio program, to put a TV show on a TV network, ; channel or the internet so that people can it.
a host/ a presenter (n)
someone who introduces and talks to the guests on a television or radio program.
.programming (n)
the planning of TV shows, series or broadcasts.
The Winter Olympics received over 160 hours of television programming.
a studio (n)
room where TV programs or films are made and broadcast or where music is recorded:
the plot (n)
the story of the TV show, movie or book.
the set (n)
a place where a film or television program is filmed
the setting (n)
the place where something is or where something happens, and the general environment. Also includes the time ( now, 19th century etc)
surfing or channel surfing (n)
when you change from one television channel to another, only watching a few minutes of any programme
a program .(n)
a TV or radio show
to switch (n)
to change channels or stations
subtitles (n)
the words printed under the TV show or movie in a foreign language to translate what the actors are saying.
a show (n)
an informal word for TV or radio program
a TV station (n)
the place where radio and television programs are broadcast from. ( similar to channel, but the channel is a number and the station is a place with a name like WKPZ
dialogue (n)
the words the characters say on the program
subtitles (n)
the words printed over a film in a foreign language to translate what is being said by the actors:
words printed below a picture in a book or newspaper or on a television screen to explain what the picture is showing [↪ subtitle]
when the the original spoken language of a film or television program is changed into another language
a dangerous action that is done to entertain people, especially in a film or a TV program ( car chases etc)
person who give the actors in a play, film, or television program instructions about what they should do.
the music especially written for a film or TV show, also the written music on paper .
close captioned
words that are at the bottom of your screen, if you have the necessary equipment attached to your television.
sound track
all the music played during a TV show or movie ( usually as background)