Analysis Of The Goldbergs And The Twilight Zone

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Television programs often retain an aspect of reality in order to relate to the audience and commentate on social issues. Although both The Goldbergs and The Twilight Zone address controversial issues such as gender roles, insanity, and ethnic stereotypes, genre differentiates their approach and their audiences’ receptiveness to change. Whereas The Goldbergs, an ethnic sitcom, addresses the external world using comedic relief, The Twilight Zone, a science fiction program, delves into the human mind using imagination. Despite their common efforts to direct social change, the programs are inverse images of one another, and The Twilight Zone’s genre structure allows it to resonate more with the audience. From 1949 to 1956, The Goldbergs dominated television as the first televised sitcom. The show depicted the everyday experiences of a Jewish immigrant family in the Bronx and their navigation of American society. At the beginning of each episode, Molly Goldberg, the sympathetic protagonist and mother figure, directly addresses the audience, introducing the moral themes of the episode along with advertisements. By breaking the fourth wall of communication in television with her direct address, Molly mediates between the story world and reality, which eases the transition and makes her relatable to the viewer. For the first televised sitcom, it is remarkable how the show vocalized the female perspective, and centralized an immigrant group thought to be unassimilable in society
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