Do you like the fact that all these new shows, like "Modern Family", are redefining old family shows?

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Do you like the fact that all these new shows, like "Modern Family", are redefining old family shows?

Bignuf Bignuf
In other words, do you feel they are reflecting what is really going on in America, or pushing an "agenda" with humor? I have heard people with both opinions. What do you think?
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I miss the old "nuclear family" shows.
5
I think the newer crop of shows highlighting all these "alternate" lifestyles simply reflect tolerance and what is going on in the real world (using humor).
19
I have no clue what you are talking about.
I don't watch these shows.
6
I don't watch TV.
Other?
Total votes: 30 (25 voters)
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01/18/2013
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deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
In other words, do you feel they are reflecting what is really going on in America, or pushing an "agenda" with humor? I have heard people with both opinions. What do you think?
I think they are reflecting changes in the culture but sometimes the values are missing for me at least.
01/18/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I don't watch these shows but they're reflective of America, at least somewhat. I don't miss the old "family shows" at all.
01/19/2013
CollegeFun2014 CollegeFun2014
I love Modern Family. Easily one of the best shows on tv right now
01/19/2013
Mrs.Tee Mrs.Tee
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
In other words, do you feel they are reflecting what is really going on in America, or pushing an "agenda" with humor? I have heard people with both opinions. What do you think?
I really dont like any of these newer shows that are out especially the sitcoms. I watch more of the reality shows..biggest loser, the apprentice those are the only shows sometimes that are even worth tuning in becuase they are unscipted
01/19/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
Modern Family does promote the Nuclear Family. Clair and Phil and their kids are the archetypical Mom at Home, Dad at work, parents still married, three kids family. (My husband and I have to laugh, because their kids so often do and say things our own 3 kids do.) Cam and Mitch are also a Nuclear Family. Cam only went back to work part time when Lily started school. He's home by the time she gets home. They just happen to be gay. Jay and Gloria are also a Nuclear family, albeit, her son from her first marriage is living with them, and Jay is older than Gloria. (I don't have a problem with that.)

I think this show and others like it (although I've never seen The New Normal) do promote tolerance, without preaching or pushing. There are so many channels and so many different types of TV shows, that there is something for everyone. F'rinstance, My Man and I have nothing in common with the people on such shows as Happy Endings, The B---- in Apartment 3 and The Mindy Project but we occasionally have them on for background noise or when we're too lazy to do anything else.

There's something for everyone, and I appreciate the good writing on shows such as Modern Family. It's something we watch every week in fact.
01/19/2013
Kristi :) Kristi :)
I personally don't care for how families/acceptable living situations are being defined on tv, so I won't watch these shows or movies. Yes, I do agree that humor is being used to make the situations acceptable. I grew up with a lot of disfunction!!! Neither my sister or I found any of it funny, nor would we care for it if anyone laughed at it. I grew up in a city that was on the edge of the ghetto. A lot of my friends grew up with questionable living situations as well. I don't care what people say, that does hurt kids!!! Some people make this a political agenda.. To me it's not!!! No one bothers to ask a child how they would like to grow up that way. Or the children that are living in it, no one talks to them and asks them if they feel happy and would like people to laugh with them. I think it's sad that society is obviously going in the direction of being callus to this. But if it's all adults in the show and adults keep their children away, that's their thing!
01/19/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Mrs.Tee
I really dont like any of these newer shows that are out especially the sitcoms. I watch more of the reality shows..biggest loser, the apprentice those are the only shows sometimes that are even worth tuning in becuase they are unscipted
I almost hate to break it to you, but "reality TV" is, in fact, scripted. link
01/19/2013
spiced spiced
TV shows don't really define anything. Good shows reflect the world we live in, especially the parts we haven't figured out 100% yet.

Modern Family reflects family life in the 2010s, just as All in the Family did for the 1970s and The Honeymooners did for the 1950s.

The only "agenda" for network television is to make a buck. By holding up a mirror so we can laugh at ourselves, great shows like these keep us coming back week after week.
01/19/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
I don't watch them. But think they reflect the times generally.
01/19/2013
DaniDeee DaniDeee
I think it's refreshing.
01/19/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Modern Family is the best.
01/19/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes and they are what the times are today.
01/20/2013
kitty1949 kitty1949
I think they're a good outlet for helping the, shall I say, older, or more conservative, populations realize that some of the things they consider taboo are really ok. Gay people have families, just like everyone else.
01/20/2013
Total posts: 14
Unique posters: 13