Every person is looking for something or someone.
It could be love, life purpose, a friend, family or career fulfillment.
This is exactly what TV characters are created on. Each TV character is always in search of something or someone… just like real people.
In the TV program Person of Interest, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) lost his purpose when he found that the woman he loved died, until a billionaire found him and gave him a new reason to live.
Viewers have a deep need to see characters that represent themselves in society.
People want to see characters that embody real life conflicts – heartbreaks, pursuit of happiness, anxiety, love. OR real life ambitions and dreams – love, wealth, beauty success.
Remember Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) from Dawson’s Creek?
She is Dawson’s best friend who has been in love with him since they were kids. She came from an underprivileged family. Later in the series, she began a life outside of Capeside after earning the valedictorian award in high school.
Her struggles, desires and needs reflect a true representation of what many viewers also experience.
Through the characters, viewers are able to get perspective on how to achieve what they want, or how to find that thing they’re longing for.
It gives them hope that something better is going to happen, and sometimes, it gives them a release for pent up frustration or pain of their own.