chapter  9
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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.