Thinking of family sitcoms in the new generation, I began to think of one of my favorites from the 90’s- Roseanne. I remember watching it growing up whenever it was on T.V. and loving the dynamic of the characters on the show. I think I simply was hooked on the realist issues and portrayal of the family along with the characteristics they had. They dealt with real issues in each episode that made it seem like they were similar to the rest of us, imperfect.
Many times, old family sitcoms would show these ideal and perfect families that the writers assumed the viewers aspired to be. For example, in the 1950’s many of the families focused around the ideal and typical American family at the time that was living that family dream. We also saw different shows portray the housewife role for women. As shows continued, this trend mostly continued. Of course, other issues were challenged but never the ‘perfect family’ view.
I think thats what I like most about Roseanne. We are exposed to a family that deal with real issues in a comedic manner. Not only that, but they are not a model family in the sense of appearance either. Other shows would portray a beautiful, model-like family that was in many cases just unrealistic. This show broke those boundaries by looking like an average family.
Check out this great article that talks all about Roseanne :
-Alexandra Peralta (October 10,2016)