Post-Transitional Continuity and Change: Polish Broadcasting Flow and American TV Series
A typical weekday evening in an average household in Southwest Poland. A married couple in their early 40s are awaiting the evening showing of one of their favorite series, M jak Miłość (L for Love, TVP, 2000-). When 7:30 pm approaches, the wife is reminded that all the tasks still to be done need to be ﬁ nished very quickly as in 40 minutes the episode will begin, marking the end of their working day. The husband, busy working in his garage, urges his wife: “Let me know when it starts” (Halawa 2006, 54). The broadcast time of the series is treated as a stable point, a ritual, around which other activities are structured, marking the shift into leisure time.