Option 2: “Family Guy” Keniesha Lake SOCI 1010-C21 Murphy University of Memphis There are many ways to show the world your ideas, and the main way people tend to go about it is using different forms of media. Media is all the print, digital, and electronic means of communication” (OpenStax College 2015). The most used form of media is television. You can use television to find out the news, watch sports, and be entertained. The form of media I am using for this paper is the popular comedy show “Family Guy”.
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.
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.
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.
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. In the 1950s
As a child my mom used to religiously watch an American sitcom called , Girlfriends. Eventually, after her watching the show so much it became one of my favorite shows to watch too. At the time I didn’t understand the importance of having a show like Girlfriends run on air for multiple tv seasons and years. The show both defied stereotypes and gave positive representation for women of color, specifically black/African- American women.
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.
In the sixties, segregation and racism dominated in most social settings. In the seventies, most minorities were trying to deter from old beliefs of prejudicial ideas. In modern times, minorities have equal rights and respect to their white counterparts. Four sitcoms, Amos ’n’ Andy, Julia, Sanford and Son, and The Cosby Show depict how the role of minorities changed throughout different time periods. First of all, in the 1950’s, African Americans had few roles in television sitcoms, but when they were offered parts, it consisted of stereotypical portrayals of characters being lazy, simple, or holding domestic servant roles.
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
There is no shortage of programs to watch on television today. While many shows have different variables when it comes to the circumstances or world the characters live in, the formula and roles for the characters is generally the same across the board. Also, many shows still use internalized racism and sexism to deliver cheap jokes to their audiences, although some shows have strayed from this formula to become even better than the aforementioned programs. Bob’s Burgers is a relatable television show that portrays a healthy family, while disregarding commonly accepted gender roles and stereotypes.
The show Family Guy portrays a middle-class family, which has a stay-at-home mother (Lois), a working father (Peter), two children in school (Meg and Chris), a baby (Stewie), and a pet dog (Brian). For a long period, a typical American family was regarded as a family structure that consisted of a man, his wife, and one or more biological or adopted children. By viewing the Griffins family from a psychological viewpoint, it will be able to demonstrate whether the Griffins family is not an accurate portrayal of the typical American family. Evaluating the Typical American Family and The Griffins’ Families in America have increasingly become more diverse, and more complex, compared to the “Leave it to the Beaver” ideal, where the perfect family
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
Despite the creator’s of Modern Family effort to portray a progressive view of American families, the show still accentuates outdated female stereotypes and gender roles; reinforcing gender characteristics, patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity. In contrast to its title, Modern Family promotes traditional gender roles and stereotypes of women, which result in the portrayal of an inaccurate image of the female, and weakens the stance of women in today’s U.S. society. Gender stereotypes are prevalent throughout the Modern Family; the women are all portrayed as wives and mothers, promoting a continued male dominant family ideology. Claire and Gloria are throughout the show acting on our society’s “assumptions about women’s ‘appropriate’ roles” (Dow 19).
The black sitcom, is a sitcom in American culture that features a primarily or entirely black cast in the lead role. Although sitcoms with primarily black characters have been present since the earliest days of network television, this genre really rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s. The black sitcom as described by Coleman and Mcllwain was a form of cultural expression for the black community. It was finally a way they could express current issues, whether it be in society or just everyday family obstacles, through comedy television. In 1984/85 NBC created the hit show The Cosby Show.