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 help to develop many cultural norms that societies experience in everyday life. In the 1970’s viewers are introduced to a revolutionary change that became popularized and broadcast in most American homes. That type of television discusses civil issues that focus on topics that influence media dissimilarities such as racism, poverty, sexuality to sexism. These particular television shows pave the way for any show that one can view today that exudes diversity. Family Situational Comedies introduce an interesting, unique and unbiased point of view that presented the lives of different families you could actual find in America who weren’t perfect and face real struggles.
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.
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.
“The Andy Griffith Show” started in 1960 and lasted for 6 years until 1968, just like “I Love Lucy” lasted 6 years from 1951 to 1957. “I Love Lucy” and “The Andy Griffith Show” were also both comedies that were ranked among the top-watched TV shows and are both still classic television series today. They were both shown in black and white, until “The Andy Griffith Show” started to air its shows in
Freaks and Geeks: Argumentative Analysis Upon making its debut in 1999, the hit-television show Freaks and Geeks has pushed the norms of American entertainment to its limits. The comedic television show has gained great credibility through its effective utilization of media techniques to create stereotypes. Both music and characterization are used to establish the relationships and social standings of various characters. It is known to be a challenge for authors, directors and creators throughout time to establish characters and utilize them effectively to portray a message. However, the directors for Freaks and Geeks were able to create stereotypes that were later used to ignite the conflict.
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 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.
When I was twelve years old, I became bored of kid’s TV shows. I knew it was time to try to find something new to watch. I had heard of some cartoon about a talking baby and talking dog, and enjoyed watching it when I stumbled upon it one day when flipping through the channels. Little I did I understand most of the jokes. Re-watching episodes now that I haven’t seen in years, I have a much greater appreciation for the humor that the writers infuse into every scene. I am also better able to see that deep down, the show produces positive messages about family, relationships, risk-taking, and self-discovery. In essence, the environment of Family Guy is existential, where characters have the ability to make extreme choices; this allows episodes
I, honestly, like the comedy of the 1950’s a lot more; however, everything was masked during the 1950’s. During today’s shows, it does not only show the common man, but it also shows social, economic, psychological, personal, and many other problems. In the 1950’s, shows, generally, portrayed what society expected to be the norm of the time. For example, the father was always the breadwinner of the family. The mother was always a housewife.
Even if these shows are something that the adults would like to watch as well, the story base isn’t that grownup itself. That is why adults want something that can cater their level of humor. That is where many new cartoons and animations
Modern Family is a hilarious sitcom that depicts the diversity of today’s American family and is one of the highest rated comedy shows on TV. The show, which is produced by ABC was a success from the first season with over seven million viewers and grew to more than fourteen million views by season three. The shows underlying message, that there is more than just one kind of family and that we are all crazy is done with a kind humor that is a refreshing change from the modern reality TV we now see on most nights. The comedy combined with diversity and great acting makes this show attracting to a broad range of viewers and proves that everyone loves a good laugh. One reason Modern Family has been a continued success over the years is their dedication to what the show was made to be, a comedy.