|The Elf ½ (elfwreck) wrote in metametameta,|
@ 2008-06-14 18:20:00
Class issues in U.S. television
The issue of class--lower, middle, working, whatever--went around in several blogs a few weeks back, and I wound up thinking about how "lower class" or "working class" characters are depicted in some shows. (Married With Children, Roseanne, What's Happening.) It was pointed out to me that you can't really expect realism from a sitcom; they're not supposed to be accurate and meaningful--they're supposed to be funny.
Okay, that's a good point. So how about the shows about lower-class main characters that aren't sitcoms?
Yeah, how 'bout those shows?
Okay, let's make it a game. The rules are: Name a show, or if we're really lucky, some shows, that are centered around lower-class or working-class characters, and are not sitcoms.
In case anyone's not sure what lower-class/working class is (because it's a blurry topic, especially in the US), we'll start with exclusions.
Lower-class characters are NOT: