Seinfeld Examine the use of stereotypes in the representation of gender, race, and class. Investigate the way social situation is depicted? Describe how the psychology of the characters is simplified or exaggerated and why? Choose the object of analysis In Seinfeld stereotypes are used to show the reflections of different classes of people. For women, this is demonstrated through the various girlfriends that Jerry has and how he is easily able to have a sexual relationship with them. To expand upon these ideas the character of Elaine is the classic example. She is supposed to be a career orientated woman. Yet, she goes through one boyfriend to the next.
The television show Fuller House is a spinoff the original 90s show Full House, which is the story of the Danny Tanner (the father), who after the sudden loss his wife brings on board the help of his brother-in-law and friend to raise three young girls. In Fuller House, the original female child actors, Dj, Kimmy and Stephanie continue the show living as three single women in the same San Francisco home all together raising Dj’s set of three boys who have just lost their firefighter father in a bad fire. Barring the exact same plot of the show and its bad jokes, Fuller House adds Kimmy’s tween daughter Ramona as a new character to add some female diversity to raising children in the modern day.
Sitcoms reflect the changes going on in the world to show what society is like. Sometimes it’s a show about nothing and oftentimes sitcoms actually affect the world. Sitcoms created gender role stereotypes for society and they did not always show an accurate representation of life. Early on, sitcoms were family focused and they eventually begin to shed light on different problems in society. Throughout the sitcoms The Trouble With Father, Sex and the City, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Bewitched women transitioned from being in the traditional role to being an effective part of the workplace. Women were portrayed differently throughout these sitcoms; they portray women to be leaders, submissive, or the fool.
For this paper, I have chosen to analyze the sitcom That 70s Show. This show follows the lives of a group of teenage friends: Jackie, Donna, Hyde, Kelso, Eric, and Fez. The show addresses many social issues of the 1970s, including: Sexism, sexual attitudes, drug use, and the recession. It
The functionalists including Talcott Parsons, an American sociologist, believe in the ideal nuclear family. The father in the family is suppose to work and be the income source for the household, whereas the mother is responsible for raising the children and managing the household (Brym, 2014). Thus according to this, males and females have a social conformity that is passed down from one generation to another. Moreover, masculinity is linked with instrumental traits and femininity is associated with expressive traits. For example, male should be strong, protective, dominant and providers where as females are sensitive, weak, dependant and focused on their appearance (2014). In the film, this is the dominant view of the media (Newsom, 2011). Shows like 2 and the half men that display women as recyclable objects or news anchors who are thought to be able to attract viewer by what they are wearing that day, further illustrates the disparity between the two sexes (2011). Also classic TV series and films tend to present the functionalist views of a nuclear family, especially after World War 2 when the women were forced to leave the workplace and give the jobs back to the men (2011). This was a way for the media to ease the transition and convince the females that they were needed more at home by their families rather than in the work force (2011). By providing strict barriers for males and females, the media instils the view that if a man is too feminine
Interpersonal Conflict in Television Mandy Price COM 200: Interpersonal Communication Thursday, August 31, 2017 Michele Weber Interpersonal Conflict in Television Most relationships, whether they are romantic or not, usually start off harmoniously. Then as time passes conflicts arise. When these conflicts arise, one feels and expresses a variety of emotions that result in positive or negative relationship behaviors. When negative behaviors erupt, the relationship becomes threatened if positive behaviors do not form. This was the situation between Leonard and Penny on The Big Band Theory. I will discuss the conflict, how they began to handle it, how they ended up handling the conflict, and my opinions of
Television sitcoms of the 1950’s through the 1990’s showed women’s role in the American workforce by reinforcing common gender stereotypes. Since television sets became mainstream and entered almost every American home, the content of American sitcoms has reflected the culture of the times. Thus, as the popular American sitcoms of the 1950’s suggest, women living in the 1950’s had very little economic opportunity and almost no role in the American workforce outside of the home. In the sixties, women acquired more access in the workforce with the 1963 Equal Pay Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In the seventies, women continued to fight for equal pay to their male counterparts. In modern day, women are equal to men and feminism is decreasing. Four sitcoms, The Stu Erwin
One of the most successful and popular comedies on television in the 21st century is “Big Bang Theory “. From the beginning, this show “Big Bang Theory “, main characters of this show are four boys Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard and one girl Penny. This show bases itself entirely on stereotypes which historically the boys are
Kramarae’s Muted Group Theory would be quick to find male dominance in the shows. Kramarae would notice how masculine Murphy Brown’s voice is, how her costuming often includes ties and slacks, and how the character is reliant on males to make a good television program in order to please a white, male, superior/owner, whom her character must ‘answer to.’ of the fictitious station. Kramarae would also notice the traditional female roles of the other characters-- their whiny voices, short skirts, thin bodies and desire to marry and bear children (i.e., the character of Corky).
The Evolution and Portrayals of Family Sitcoms Family sitcoms have been the most popular and positively influenced television shows watched since the 1900s to today. Many of these shows have consisted of African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic families who all play a role that we as watchers look up to or perceive as the right way to run our household. Over time there has been an addition to biracial shows and family role changes throughout these sitcoms. For example, now observing single parent homes, homosexual guardians and even the changing of social interaction has both positively and negatively impacted real families who are watching.
Over the past two decades, the impact of gender role stereotyping on our society has been examined in numerous studies. The purpose of these studies was to determine whether the sex bias portrayed in books, TV shows and social media is still as prevalent
FINDINGS After conducting an hour-long observation and data collection of The Big Bang Theory, I found three specific patterns. These were patterns of traditional gender roles, heterosexual privilege, and gender performance. The first pattern is the traditional breadwinner and housewife roles that are portrayed throughout the episodes. In the show women are seen occupying the household while the men occupy the workplace. These traditional roles reinforce gendered behaviors and interactions amongst the male and female character that reflect modern day society.
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that premiered on CBS on September 19, 2005, created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and directed by Pamela Fryman.
Introduction: This investigation involves the analysis of how gender is portrayed in the American TV sitcom Friends. Friends received acclaim to become record breaking, as one of the most popular television shows of all time. The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the outstanding Comedy series award in 2002. Many stated that the series appealed to them as it was "hilarious" and "touching." The demographic of this sitcom is young people, including adults who are single, relating their lives to the show. The focus of this investigation is the depiction of characters according to their gender and stereotype in western comedy.
Season 9 Finale of How I Met Your Mother Is there such thing as the perfect series being completely ruined by the finale? Or maybe a bad season being saved by the perfect finale? That’s the question that comes to hand when people talk about the season nine final of “How I Met Your Mother” that premiered on March 31st, 2014. On that day the nation split, of those who fell in love with the season, but hated the final, and those who hated the final season but loved the finale. Well, here is the cold hard truth for you, “How I Met Your Mother” was the greatest television show that ever aired then in early late September in 2013 something dramatic happened. (okay maybe the only thing dramatic is me.) In late September the greatest television show of all time was tainted with the first episode of season nine, or what I refer to as the ruin of “How I Met Your Mother”. Or so I thought until the season finale came, and blew my mind away along with half the country. The season final wrapped up this nine season bundle of greatness by saving the show from criticism that would be impossible to recover from. The season finale is one of the most well thought of conclusions I have ever seen and along with the great acting from the main characters Ted Mosley (Josh Randnor), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) and the characters who make the show as great as it is Marshal Erikson (Jason segal) and the ladies man himself, Barney Stinson who is portrayed