Analysis Of Married With Children: Dysfunctional American Family

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Married with Children aired between 1987 and 1997. The comedy television show was based on a dysfunctional American family featuring Ed O’Neill, as Al Bundy, and Katey Sagal as Peggy. In the episode, Married without Children, Al and Peggy enjoy a weekend getaway while their neighbors babysit their children, Kelly and Bud. The episode displayed some communication technologies available at the time. The Bundy’s and their neighbors had rotary phones, but cable was not available to them. A 21st century version of Married with Children would be very different than the original because of changes in technology and the way in which people communicate. As mentioned, the Bundy’s had a home phone and network television but cable was not accessible.…show more content…
It appears that they never had time alone and when they did, they spend it apart. Access to computer and mobile phones could have minimized the time they spend apart and increased their time together. Al took great measures, driving hours away, to enjoy a fight which in modern days could be streamed through a mobile phone or watched at a later time though a DVR. Peggy could have decreased the time she spend looking through the phone book and resorted to online shopping to spend more time with Al. Overall, communication technologies would have allowed Al and Peggy to build on their relationship while allowing them to do the things which they…show more content…
Look, Steve and Marcy are here?” said Peggy. Al replied, “Yea I know. I’ve been circling the block waiting for them to leave.” In this scenario, Al could have communicated with Peggy through a text message if he wanted to avoid the neighbors. Peggy could have also avoided opening the doors if they had cameras and a security system installed. There are many other ways in which the plot would have differed if the television show took place in 2016. Although only one episode was watched for this assignment, I predict that the relationship between Peggy, Al, Steve, and Marcy would be distant. During the episode, Kelly also spent most of the time on the phone with her friends, therefore I presume that she would take most advantage of modern technology which could distant her from her family as well. Al and Peggy could use computer mediated communication and mobile phones to expand on their communication and their marriage. Al would benefit greatly from a DVR to accommodate time for his wife without compromising his favorite television shows. A contemporary version of the television show would be similar to Modern Family, which interestingly also stars Ed O’Neill. In a notable episode, Connection Lost, the Dunphy family remains in touch and in communication by using their Apple products. Whether it be the iPad, iPhone, or computer the family uses the modern technology although all are in different locations and different time zones. Overall, I can imagine the Bundy’s
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