Bangkok Podcast: Thai Television

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Bangkok Podcast 5: Thai Television

In this episode of the Bangkok Podcast, we discuss something that many foreigners living here have a hard time wrapping their heads around – Thai television shows. From dramatically-enhanced soap operas to variety shows with singing, dancing Nazis, to the brilliance of funny television commercials, the range of options for the average viewer are pretty broad.

But what can we learn about Thai society from watching these little diversions? Will sitting through a cat-fight between a rich bitch socialate and a put-upon Cinderella give you an insight into why they have to slap and scream so much? And more importantly – do you care?

We also talk about the difficulty in finding good friends in Bangkok who won’t leave after 6 months, and dedicate the show to Jodi and Rob, two of the good ones who are leaving for new opportunities.

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For excellent translation of this commercial visit: WomanlearnThai

Photo: Big Fat Rat

14 Comments

  1. Hugo June 14, 2010 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Thai Soap Opera’s remind me of Korean Soap Opera’s that are much in the same vein.

    I wish they would take all the reality based programming off the tv, esp american ones hahha… Nway guys great broadcast

  2. Jamie MIlks June 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    you guy’s nailed this podcast down.

  3. Lance June 15, 2010 at 6:04 am - Reply
    • Tony June 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      OMG that first one is freaking hilarious! That’s sooo nasty but funny as hell.

    • Greg June 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Nice ones, Lance! I totally forgot that one for Top Charoen Optical, one of my all time faves. It made the top spot in a list I did here… some more classics from Thailand. http://xrl.in/40zl

  4. Judy June 16, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

    This commercial is quite old, but fun to watch everytime.

    James Bond 007 in Thailand – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXBp9KwGRYI

    • Lance June 16, 2010 at 4:54 am - Reply

      Excellent Judy. I had not seen that one before!

  5. Lance June 16, 2010 at 4:53 am - Reply

    This is a better version of the Smooth E series, all together in one video and translated.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QXh8VvOdoM

    also, here is another one I watched several times
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU2YzFIKZgw

  6. Lance June 16, 2010 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Ok, last one … i swear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-H94pPspa4

    I could do this all day. A lot of these I originally saw on
    http://www.kosanathai.com/
    which looks like some sort of trade website, but often has those funny commercials for those of us tat do not have Thai TV.

  7. Andy June 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Here’s one that I chanced upon recently, it’s over-the-top, and love the face washing joke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr4NeLPkvn0

    • Greg June 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Ha! That’s great, the face-washing is hilarious, very Thai, isn’t it? I’d like to see the casting sheet for that one. “One character changes from a dark-skinned ugly peasant into a handsome, chiseled model type. Can you be the ‘before’ guy?” Very Thai. And what’s with that one motorbike dude’s eyebrows??

  8. Lach August 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I thought Australian soaps were awful, but the Thai ones just take it to a whole other level. It’s quite an achievement, really. Amateur production values, over-the-top melodrama and an obsession with tragedy and injustice. Betrayals, infidelity and forbidden love are extremely common in the Thai soaps and movies (as best as I can tell). I might be totally off-base, but I get the impression that these themes are deeply embedded in the culture. It’s a very romanticised view of the world.

    Great commercials. I remember some of these :).

    • Tony August 13, 2010 at 12:38 am - Reply

      Hey Lach, very insightful comment, thanks for posting it.

  9. sabuthai2010 August 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    This is good products, Thanks

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