Welcome to yet another post complaining about TV. We’re the complaining about TV experts!
This time we’re coming at things with a different approach. We’re going to challenge the system by suggesting a solution to the problem of representing realistic and accurate appliance repairmen on TV shows. This is a post very similar to a previous post we did about tow truck drivers.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed that the problem here is very similar, too. Why are all appliance repair mechanics and refrigerator technicians on TV, whether Canadian or American, always balding men with overalls? In my experience ordering appliance services over the years to fix my stove and fridge, I’ve seen a lot of different kinds of repairmen and repairwomen. Most of them were well-groomed, ordinary people who spoke politely. But on TV, appliance repair service providers are always rude, wearing dirty clothes and seem like they’re on the lower rungs of society.
Often plumbers and electricians go hand in hand with appliance repairmen and you could very well call an appliance repairman a plumber combined with an electrician combined with a general handyman.
When I got a heavy duty microwave oven fixed after calling for home appliance repair Vancouver services when I was visiting my uncle last summer, the technician that came to our location in North Vancouver BC was a young, prim and polite Chinese fellow who spoke fluent English. Despite his youth, he had already been doing appliance repair Vancouver services for nearly 8 years and he really opened my eyes to how to challenge the system on TV when it comes to appliance technicians.
Whether it’s domestic washer and dryer repair or industrial dishwasher repair, the best way to apply an appliance repairman into a TV script realistically is to show the appliance repairman or woman being sincerely interested in accomplishing his job to please the customer. And so long as we step away from the blue overalls trope, he can look like anything. Often appliance repairmen wear normal clothes and just keep a tool-belt or a toolbox with them. It’s not like their working with a lot of grease and need a mechanic’s garb, although a lot of them do dress like mechanics because their employers make them because it looks professional.
An appliance repairman working in the background of any scene fixing a fridge or oven can add a high level of realism to any TV show and if done right it can really make the show better. I love seeing everyday things in the background, where extras are working as if life in this TV world is actually moving along normally. Seeing these kinds of accurate depictions of reality make a big difference in how many stars I choose to give to a TV show. In some TV worlds, you’d never see something like a fridge malfunctioning or a coffee maker breaking because everything is written simply and orderly which for me takes away from realism and makes the story rather childish and dull.
To complain onward, I’d like to point out 3 reasons why seeing an appliance repairman fixing a commercial or home kitchen appliance in the background of a TV scene can be very beneficial for the viewer:
- Seeing everyday workers doing their thing makes the world seem real and relate-able which makes the story and everything about the show more engaging.
- Seeing appliance like stoves and washing machines breaking down reminds the viewer that things can go wrong in this world and makes everything else more suspenseful as a result, because the viewer knows that this is a realistic script where things can suddenly go wrong, unlike some shows where everything is perfect and nothing goes wrong.
- Showing how important the appliance repair industry is to everyday life can really teach young viewers about the real world whom might have a misconception about appliance mechanics due to watching too much unrealistic TV.
To conclude on this idea I just want to challenge the system one more time by suggesting that if there’s a TV show producer reading this and you get the chance to make a TV show where the main character is a full-time appliance repair technician, do it!