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The Evolution of TV
Transcript of The Evolution of TV
TV families have come a long way over the past 50 years. -Anaam Butt
My Wife and Kids
In 1987, Full House, the show
that gave Mary-Kate and
Ashley their first role, followed a working father raising his three daughters after his wife was killed by a drunk driver. He was assisted by his brother-in-law and best friend. The household later got even bigger when the brother-in-law (Jesse) got married and had twin boys.
In 1993, Boy Meets World followed best friends Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter as well as their family and friends. The show portrayed divorced parents, single parents and hippie parents. The show also proved that your best friend's family could be like your own family when Shawn briefly moved into the Mathews household.
When I was growing up one of my favorite family sitcoms was My Wife and Kids. I enjoyed the show because my parents always said I reminded them of the youngest daughter and the parents reminded me of my own. The dad was really playful and joked a lot, but you could tell he loved his kids. The mother held a stable job and while she joked a lot as well, she was also more serious than the father and took care of all the important tasks around the house.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Evolution of Families in TV
Difference in Family Sitcoms
In the 50s the average family portrayed in television sitcoms consisted of a stay at home mom, a working dad, and two children (a son and a daughter) all living in a house with a white picket fence. In the 80s the dynamics of family sitcoms began to change with shows such as the Wonder Years, who brought politics into the picture, and Growing Pains, one of the first shows to show a working mom and a stay-at-home dad. Fast forward to today and plenty of diversity is shown on family sitcoms. Family sitcoms today include everything from working moms to same sex couples. In this special edition of the Family Magazine we will take a look at the Evolution of family sitcoms.
Today Television shows do a great job of painting a picture of the diversity in everyday families. Every household is different and no family is exactly the same. Today we can find just about every type of family on TV. Popular family sitcoms today include: Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory and Arrested Development. Just like the times have changed, family sitcoms have proven that they are no different by adapting to the times.
The Family Magazine
The Change in the Role of Housewives
Housewives also saw a major change on family sitcoms as they went from being nothing but stay at home moms to mothers that are balancing a career and life at home.