By: Bradley Sawyer
As a fan of many family sitcoms, I was looking forward to this week’s material. I am very fond of many sitcoms that come from the 1950s and 1960s and grew up watching I Love Lucy, Leave It to Beaver, and The Andy Griffith Show. With that being said, I enjoyed learning about family dynamics, gender, and the roles they played in the aforementioned sitcoms. Before this week of class, I did not realize how groundbreaking I Love Lucy was when it first came out in regards to the content and comedy. After reading Lori Landay’s chapter in The Sitcom Reader on I Love Lucy, I was intrigued that Lucille Ball attributed the show’s success to the general public’s ability to identify with the show. This was shocking to me due to the many bizarre events that went on throughout the show.
In my own experience, I enjoyed watching Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show more than I Love Lucy. This was due to the fact that I related more with the comedy as well as the characters. Transitioning to family sitcoms of the present, my favorite is Two and a Half Men. This show is radically different from the family sitcoms of the 1950s and 1960s (as one would expect). To comment on the content of Two and a Half Men, I find it very interesting how the family sitcom has changed over time. The fact that I consider Two and a Half Men, Leave It to Beaver, and The Andy Griffith Show all a family sitcom can be attributed to the ever changing dynamics of society.