Do families seen on the small screen reflect the families of today?

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  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    I fearthat Herb Scribner has fallen victim to political correctness and ignored the show that actually portrays a typical American Family. It even shows on KSL which leaves me doubly troubled. Why is PARENTHOOD not listed and discussed. Could it be because the Grandfather iw a well adjusted veteran of the Viet Nam war. Is it because a character come home from Afghanistan, fell in love, and did not marry because he could not make sense of modern American society and reenlisted because, "things made more sense in Afghanistan".
    The three generations in this family have more to do with the people I know than anyone on modern family the big hit of liberals and critics for the past two years. Yes we have gays, I know gays but they go to Salt Lake City to protest.
    The Grandparents on Parenthood I can identify with. He can't take care of their California Property anymore. She wants to move to something smaller. One daughter in law is a lawyer who just ran for mayor and feels she neglected her autistic son by doing so.
    I can even identify with the brothers trying to run the recording studio.

  • Aubsicle Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:05 p.m.

    I'd have to say Everybody loves Raymond hits pretty close to home a lot of the time when it comes to family for me.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    "Families on TV: Do families seen on the small screen reflect the families of today?"

    Who says they are supposed to? We are all intimately acquainted with our own lives and families. Most people don't watch TV so they can get a "reflection" of themselves and their families. TV shows are stories, and they have to be interesting by giving us characters, drama, humor and perspectives that are fresh and different from our own well-known lives.

    This is a silly question from the outset.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 8:16 a.m.


    Single professional woman at 45 years old decides she wants children and family. She was not interested before and her biological clock has run out.

    She meets widowed ( never divorce3d)professional man her age with three darling children who she helps and they love her. Never is said "You are not my real Mom".

    It would be fun to actually survey the plots of this channel for one week and see if this theory holds true.

    It sells. I guess they only give the ladies what they want. Fantasy

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    My wife's favorite channel is the Hallmark Channel on Cable.

    It could be called female soft porn.

    The plots are always the same. Single divorced or windowed mom with three adorable children meet clean never been married man her own age. He is always a professional man who never seems to work. Never a tradesman like a plumber or carpenter. Never mention of the former spouse.

    Very unrealistic plots in my opinion. Single never been married professional man her age is either gay or interested in women much younger than she. Never a problem with the children accepting their new dad. Money seems to be no object.

    Check it out if you do not believe me.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    We absolutely love "The Middle". It always makes us feel so much better about our own family!

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    "The Middle" and "The Simpsons" are the closest to traditional family values in modern TV. The producers of "Leave it to Beaver" -- arguably the most psychologically realistic sitcom of its era -- then went to satire in producing "The Munsters." "Henry Aldrich" aside, comedy and drama do not lend themselves to normal family settings.

    Neither Cosby's 1984 sitcom nor his 1996 sitcom were completely idyllic. They had their ups and downs like regular traditional families.

  • Crusader Layton, UT
    Jan. 4, 2014 6:27 a.m.

    It dawned on me the other day that I have become more like Red on, That 70's Show that the Homer Simpson that I used to be.