Evolution of Family Sitcoms “Blood is thicker than water.” A saying commonly heralded by family members in order to reaffirm the importance of family unity. These words spoke loud to the entertainment industry as they were trying to create new content for television. Situational comedies were quite popular, but there was a lack of relatability to families. The most logical step was to combine the two. Since then, the family sitcom has become the yearly ritual for television pilots. Furthermore, the question remains; Have family sitcoms changed? The First family sitcom to make it big is the eternally classic I love Lucy. In addition to being a pioneer of the multi-camera setup, it is considered one of the most worldwide popular shows of all …show more content…
The greatest influence of this being the animated series and longest running family sitcom; The Simpsons. The show originally started off as an animated short on the Tracy Ullman show in 1987. Later, in 1989 being picked up as its own series on Fox. The show focuses on the Simpsons family. Revolving around a satirical view on the middle class family. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie all get episodes with their perspectives being the premise of the episode. The influence the Simpsons have left on the world is clearly seen in people’s humor and hidden references. Even Homer Simpson’s catchphrase, “d’oh” is now a word. (Go ahead look it …show more content…
The past decade has not seen any notable family sitcoms that has surpassed such leaps of social justice as some had in the 1950’s or 1970’s. While that may be disappointing to some, this is also a great feat for all television audiences. So many issues that were once considered, “taboos,” now, can be the premise of the sitcom altogether. Even the little things like interracial couples, married partners in the same bed, and even mentioning a pregnant woman is considered normal. Yes, the family sitcom is still no direct comparison to the modern family arrangement, but it is as close as were going to get for
ABC’s hit sitcom, Modern Family, utilizes a well-produced mockumentary style to create an entertaining viewing experience for the whole family. Created by writers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, the show is based upon the stories of their own flawed, but yet still functional “modern” families. Making its television debut on 23rd of September 2009, the series was met with a plethora of instant critical success and 8 years and 188 episodes later, Modern Family has captured the smiles and affection from households all around the world. Today, however, comes the day where we go back in time and revisit “Egg Drop”, an all-time Modern Family classic founded upon fierce competition, ascertainment, manipulation, preferential treatment, foot fetishes, and of course, many laughs.
The Big Bang Theory is a great example of this. The plot depicts four nerds as they go about their lives. In the pilot episode Penny was introduced as basically ‘the hot girl next door’ to give the show something to start on. The fact that a lot of sitcoms in the past had used a nerd as their misfit character, Penny became a relatable icon in the Big Bang’s world of nerds.
It has been shown that animation can be a potent tool for narrative, not just for humorous effects but also for tackling difficult subjects. It is a distinctive and significant program because of its capacity to tackle important themes through animation. The program has addressed topics in a way that is both educational and interesting. The Simpsons, thanks to the use of animation, has been able to depict complicated ideas and situations in a way that would be challenging for live-action television. Other animated series can now imitate The Simpsons and tackle important topics while still amusing viewers.
Yellow-skinned, four fingered animated cartoon characters. If you don’t already know what television show this is, you probably live under a rock. The Simpsons. The Simpsons aired back in 1989, and is deemed as one of the longest running television shows in America. The Simpsons made its debut on December 17, 1989, and has broadcasted over 629 episodes!
Challenging Stereotypes: How “Modern” Is Modern Family? The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times. If you have never heard about “Modern Family," you have never seen comedy. Modern Family is an American television show that portrays the ‘Modernism’ in families nowadays in America.
Television situational comedies have the ability to represent different values or concerns of their audience, these values often change every decade or so to reflect and highlight the changes that the audience is experiencing within society, at the time of production. Between the years of 1950 and 2010, the representation of gender roles and family structure has been addressed and featured in various sitcoms, such as “Father Knows Best” and “Modern Family”, through the use of narrative conventions, symbolic, audio and technical codes. These representations have transformed over time to reflect the changes in social, political, and historical contexts. The 1950’s sitcom “Father Knows Best” traditionally represents the values of gender roles and family structure in a 1950’society, with the father, held high as the breadwinner of the family and the mother as the sole homemaker.
The “I Love Lucy” show and “The Andy Griffith Show” are two older TV shows that have some similarities, but are generally very different from one another. Both of these TV shows were very popular and both ranked among the top most-watched TV shows in the United States. These television series’ have had a major impact on the television industry and the countless people that have watched them. “I Love Lucy” began in 1951 and lasted for 6 years, until 1957. Even to this day, this black and white film is still a very popular and influential TV show back from the 50's.
Television has played an important role in history since it’s come into existence. The television has been a form of entertainment for all ages and is a valuable resource for advertising. As a result, television has become such an integral part of our everyday lifestyle that we wouldn’t know what to do without it. Over the years, television displayed and continues to popularize the presence of stereotypes perpetuating negative images of African Americans. However, after reading you will see the evolutions of how African Americans portrayal on television has transformed throughout the years.
‘The Cosby Show’ displayed a lovely family with devoted and caring parents and responsible children. By demonstrating an ideal family, ‘The Cosby Show’ emphasized the significance of the family love. Therefore, although many people questioned the success of ‘The Cosby Show,’ which was a show about African American Family, it hugely influenced many people by breaking the prejudice of African American family and by highlighting the importance of family love. Through ‘The Cosby Show,’ based on profound social themes such as education, family, and love, it is arguable that African American comedies have had a great impact on
One of the longest running TV series of all time is the Simpsons. The Simpsons are an animated sitcom that uses satire to depict the “average” American family. The Simpson Family consists of Homer (father), Marge (mother), Bart (Son), Lisa (daughter), and Maggie (baby). The in 2007 did something that they never previously had done. The Simpsons hit the big screen.
I agree that the content of television has change tremendously. Reading your comparison makes me realize just how much television as a whole has progressed over the years. In the 1950 's, I doubt showing a gay couple, or talking about sex would have been acceptable in the 1950 's. As we saw in I Love Lucy, the word "pregnant" was not even allowed to be said on screen, so it shows how much more conservative television shows were back then . Additionally, as you mentioned Leave it to Beaver had a simple plot, while Modern Family focused on different storylines. That shows how much more complex the scriots hace become over the years.
Many cultures that exist do not identify with the concept of immediate or extended family—all kin is family, by reaching outside the nuclear family structure” (Raney, 2015:6). The Simpsons depicts how family concepts are/were portrayed more than 20 years ago and shows the life and roles of a nuclear family. Diverse Gender
Situational Comedies, or Sitcoms, as they have been come to be known, are largely a product of the minstrelsy 's formula for success, I 've come to realize. After thinking on the topic of stereotypes as a means of entertaining people in theater, I can easily think of many shows that use this sort of humor to create their characters, like in Taxi, where Danny DeVito plays exactly what you would imagine of a New York small business owner. In Taxi, DeVito is a very self-centered, hard headed fellow that 's more likely to insult you than say hello. In the show Friends, Lisa Kudrow plays the character Phoebe, the ditsy blonde of the