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Running head: FAMILY SYSTEMS MEDIA ANALYSIS Family Systems Media Analysis Madeline Fife BYU-Idaho
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FAMILY SYSTEMS MEDIA ANALYSIS PAGE 2 The Barlett-Fleming-Morris family pictured above appears in a Canadian television series named Heartland. It is coming up on its eleventh season so there has been a lot of familial interaction over the show’s lifetime. The show focuses on Amy Fleming, who starts out as a fifteen-year-old girl grieving the loss of her mother Marion. She lives with her sister, Lou Fleming and her grandfather Jack Bartlett. They live on a ranch and run several businesses including managing Amy’s famous reputation as a literal horse whisperer. People come from all over the country to have her fix their rider-horse relationships, which mostly stem from issues with the person’s interactions with the horse (something we also see in Family Systems Theory). Ten years later and their family has grown in population and complicated situations. Lou has been married and divorced to Peter Morris, and they have one biological daughter and one adopted daughter together. Georgie is adopted, fifteen years old and Katie is Lou and Peter’s biological daughter, five years old. Amy is (finally) married her love interest farmhand that lived in their barn loft for five years, named Ty Borden. Ty has an interesting past with his own parents and has dealt with severe attachment and PTSD issues because of it. Ty and Amy now have a baby daughter, unnamed as of the current season’s finale. Patriarch Jack Bartlett, finally realizing his loneliness after the death of both his wife and only daughter, married Lisa Stillman who has a complicated relationship with her ex-husband and business partner. Tim Fleming is the father of Amy and Lou. He was estranged from them since their childhood but re-entered their lives when Amy was seventeen years old. He has frequent flings with women but has returned to girlfriend Kasey several times now. Amy now lives with grandfather Jack, sister Lou, nieces Georgie and Katie,
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