Brady bunch was a hit lasting five seasons and

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Brady Bunch” was a hit, lasting five seasons and creating reunion episodes and movies, such as “A Very Brady Christmas”. Not only did its family portrayal change from old- fashioned ways, but so did the show’s content. There was more affection within the series showing the parents, Carol and Mike, kissing or in the bedroom together and the children, like Marcia and Greg, out on dates with arms around the shoulder and kissing. Even though these actions were still fairly innocent it was a step up from the previous non- intimate shows like “Leave It To Beaver”. “The Brady Bunch” did carry on the family sitcom censorship, though, being careful not to have dialogue with any cursing, foul language, or sexual innuendos (Winans, Online). This series advanced the family sitcom culture without making it too offensive or explicit. From September 1987 to May 1995 the family sitcom “Full House” aired on primetime television (Wikipedia, Online). This show was unique in that it did not even have a motherly role. Pamela Tanner, the wife of Danny Tanner and mother of three daughters (DJ Tanner, Stephanie Tanner, and Michelle Tanner) was killed in a car accident, leaving Danny, his brother-in-law Jesse, and his best friend Joey to raise the girls. By lacking a motherly character, this show proved the importance of the maternal role. Not every family has both parents and can consist of all types of parental figures like uncles and aunts, which “Full House” accomplished in proving with its episodic 3
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series. The modesty and innocence factor was less present in the show because it aired episodes that dealt with issues such as DJ spending the night at her boyfriend’s place, Stephanie dealing with peer pressure about smoking, DJ dealing with peer pressure about alcohol, and DJ struggling with her weight and experimenting with anorexia (Wikipedia, Online). These scenarios would have appalled audience members back in the 1950s, but with time appealed to society’s growing battle with children and their teenage problems (Manousos, Online). These issues were no longer a secret and “Full House” successfully conveyed this without being too blunt or conspicuous about them. This truth factor that this show had agreed with most audience members because at the end of the show the characters recuperated from their hardships, giving a moral lesson to its viewers and offering the correct way to respond to those types of problems. This educational aspect helped “Full House” to gain approval and become a primetime hit for 8 seasons. Fast-forwarding to today’s primetime sitcoms, like “Modern Family” and “Two and a Half Men” when a lot has changed these shows have become a growing media controversy among viewers, networks, and activists. “Modern Family” depicts families with couples who are gay, have an age gap, and are bicultural (Feiler, Online). Cameron and Mitchell play the parts of the two gay men who are married and have adopted an Asian child named Lily (Feiler, Online). Gloria, who is Latina and young, is married to
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