The Thought-Provoking Reason Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Like Serious TV Dramas

The Thought-Provoking Reason Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Like Serious TV Dramas
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The actor admits that he has never watched some of the most popular dramas.


  • Daniel Radcliffe's acting portfolio has a wild variety of projects.
  • The actor prefers lighter shows to the giants of the drama genre.
  • Radcliffe believes that his current tastes were formed in his childhood.

Daniel Radcliffe is one of the few lucky actors to have made enough money from one project to not have to work. The Harry Potter franchise, in which the actor starred for more than a decade since the age of eleven, is said to have enriched him by at least $100 million. But in Radcliffe's case, this financial prosperity has had a liberating effect, allowing him to work on interesting projects in film, television and on stage that don't really offer material gains.

In 2013, Daniel Radcliffe starred in the biopic Kill Your Darlings. In 2015, he acted opposite James McAvoy in the science fantasy horror Victor Frankenstein. From 2019 to 2023, he played several roles in and executive produced the anthology comedy series Miracle Workers. And apparently, his interesting choices aren't limited to the projects he works on. Radcliffe is very unconventional when it comes to the entertainment he chooses for himself.

Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Watch 'Heavy' TV Dramas

Television has many genres of shows to offer viewers. Dramas are among the most popular, as they often spice up our everyday lives. And there are dozens of drama shows that are loved by millions of viewers around the world, such as Twin Peaks, House of Cards, and Killing Eve. But these are exactly the kinds of shows that Daniel Radcliffe doesn't like, opting for more lighthearted television.

'Honestly, I watch cartoons, and I watch reality TV. I've never seen Breaking Bad. I've never watched The Sopranos, or The Wire. All the sort of, heavy hour-long stuff. Just, I can't…' Daniel Radcliffe revealed in a recent interview.

It All Comes from Childhood

The reason for the actor's aversion to serious TV shows is somewhat thought-provoking. According to Daniel Radcliffe, his childhood viewing habits are to blame for the choices he makes as an adult. Like many people of his generation, the actor grew up watching The Simpsons, which had a huge impact on his tastes. He also attributes much of his general knowledge to the famous animated series.

'It makes sense that our generation of people that have grown up on The Simpsons would want to continue watching more adult-themed cartoons when they got older,' Radcliffe added.

Interestingly, the actor has worked on a number of animated series over the years. Aside from his beloved The Simpsons, of which Radcliffe did three episodes, he has also appeared on Robot Chicken, BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty, and Digman! Since 2023, he has also played a recurring character on Mulligan. And it's fascinating to realize that someone's minor childhood interests could have such an impact on their entire life.

Source: CBR.

Do you like 'heavy' dramas or do you prefer lighthearted television?