I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.
In the landscape of television sitcoms, it appears that sweetness is winning out over cynicism. Where the jokey format was once overrun with cynical takes about everything from work to the human condition, now audiences are cheering on a more cheerful batch of comedies.
While June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver" may continue to loom large in our Norman Rockwell vision of a family, today's reality is more Liz Lemon from "30 Rock."
In a night of spectacular entertainment, taking the stage were Matthew Morrison (Hairspray, Fox-TV's Glee), Melissa Etheridge, Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Queen Latifah, and Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, NBC-TV's Smash).
President Obama will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. And while the state of our economy may be improving and the state of our standing in the world strong, if he is truly honest he should admit that the state of our union is not where it should be.
Like three princesses, they sat ready to be served: hair perfectly set, one was in a pink dress, another in a lilac one and the third in a peach colou...
Have you seen this painting? Created by Norman Rockwell, it is one of a quartet created in celebration of FDR's 1941 address to Congress concerning ...
This fight for marriage equality has been bolstered by certain representations of gays and lesbians in mainstream media. Still, they look very similar to our nation's 60-year monogamous love affair with the 1950s idealized family -- except take out Donna Reed and insert Neil Patrick Harris.
When children take on the role of caretakers in their families, they view the world differently; they see the struggles of their parents and understand that playing with dolls and train sets cannot improve the situation.
Giving allowance is an American tradition that picked up steam before the start of the 20th century. As there was more stuff for youngsters to buy, child-rearing experts started to tout allowance as a way to instill good spending habits.
Everyone around here uses his own criteria. Some use hard economic numbers. Some use the World Series winner. Me? I use television. More specifically, I use Modern Family.
It used to be that we, as a public, could hold networks accountable and responsible for the ways in which they represent minority characters. But can we still do that? Are writers of our current television fare no longer held accountable for the characters they create?
'Happy Endings' and 'Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23' may be the alphabet net's most outrageous comedies, and teaming them up was ingenious.
Do these sitcoms have a hidden agenda to help rid America of homophobia? Or are these gay characters simply just funny to watch?
I have a hard time translating the concept of "people of color" with all its heavy, powerful meaning to our experience in Mexico. Race and racism are not topics present on the media, much less on off-screen daily conversations.
In celebration of the new season of fall television, we ran the numbers to find out what kind of vacation some of our favorite characters could afford to take if they spent six percent of their fictional salaries on travel.