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Most memorable Family TV Series

If you asked the teenagers this year about their favorite TV series, probably they will answer Glee (I like it too, although not love it), Gossip Girl (I have no idea what this show is all about), Supernatural (really good!), Heroes (no comment), Smallville (the story is getting confusing) and mostly The Vampire Diaries (well, admit it, it’s because that Twilight movie this show is produced!)

Honestly, I like TV shows (just don’t ask me to watch ‘sinetron’, please!). They are some kind of refreshing thing for me when I don’t have any movies to watch or nothing to do or I need some insights hehe…

When I was a kid back in the late of 1980’s and the early of 1990’s, I remember some of TV shows that made my childhood more colorful :) I just started to learn English at that time so the Indonesian subtitles really works for me :D

Here are some of the most memorable TV shows (Amut’s version):

Growing Pains

Growing Pains is an American television sitcom about an upper-middle class family with a working mother and a stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising three children together, which aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992.

The show’s premise is based on the fictional Seaver family, who reside in Massapequa, Long Island, New York. Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke), a psychiatrist, works from home because his wife, Maggie Malone (Joanna Kerns), has gone back to work as a reporter. Jason has to take care of the kids: troublemaker Mike (Kirk Cameron), honors student Carol (Tracey Gold), and rambunctious Ben (Jeremy Miller). A fourth child, Chrissy Seaver, was born in 1988. She was played in her infant stage by twins Kristen and Kelsey Dohring (who alternated in the role). Beginning in the fall of 1990, Chrissy’s age was advanced to six years old, whereupon Ashley Johnson took over the role.

Growing Pains is also a beginning of Leonardo DiCaprio’s career where he plays as Luke Bower before he reaches his fame from Titanic. Even Brad Pitt made as a guest appearance in this show for two episodes.

Family Ties

Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for seven seasons, from 1982 to 1989. The sitcom reflected the move in the United States from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. This was particularly expressed through the relationship between young Republican Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and his former-hippie parents, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross). The program won multiple awards, including three consecutive Emmy Awards for Michael J. Fox as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Set during the early years of the Reagan administration, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross) are Baby Boomers, former-Hippies and liberals raising their three children: Alex (Michael J. Fox), Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Married in 1964, Elyse, an independent architect, and Steven, a station manager in a local public television station, were hippies during the 1960s. According to the episode, “A Christmas Story” in season one, they were influenced by John F. Kennedy and were members of the Peace Corps following their marriage in 1964. Alex was born in 1965 in Africa. Mallory was born while Elyse and Steven were students at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, and Jennifer was born the night Richard Nixon won his second term in 1972.

Much of the humor of the series focused on the cultural divide during the 1980s when younger generations rejected the counterculture of the 1960s and embraced the conservative politics which came to define the 1980s. Both Alex and Mallory embrace Reaganomics and exhibit right-wing attitudes: Alex is a Young Republican and Mallory is a more traditional young woman in contrast to her feminist mother. Jennifer, an athletic tomboy and the youngest child, shares the values of her parents and just wants to be a normal kid. Elyse and Steven have a fourth child, Andrew, born in 1984.

Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, River Phoenix and Courtney Cox are among the stars who made a guest appearance for the show.

The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, first airing on September 20, 1984 and running for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an affluent African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

According to TV Guide, the show “was TV’s biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC’s ratings fortunes”. Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it. Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on African Americans, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Cosby Show was also one of the first successful sitcoms based on the subject matter of a standup comedian’s act, blazing a trail for other programs such as Seinfeld, Ellen, Roseanne, Home Improvement, The Drew Carey Show, and Everybody Loves Raymond. The Cosby Show is one of only three American programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen ratings for at least five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family and American Idol. The show spawned the spin-off A Different World, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

As of 2010, The Cosby Show is the third-longest running U.S. comedy with a predominantly African American cast, surpassed only by The Jeffersons and Family Matters. The show had 197 episodes (201 in syndication).

I love this sitcom because in that era, the difference between the ‘white’ people and the ‘black’ people still dominated the life aspects of Americans. The Cosby Show tells us that we all have the same life, the same family problem, no matter what the color your skin is.

There are lots of TV programs, of course, but I just discuss about a family sitcom now from my opinion. How about you? Do you have your favorite sitcom?

Source: wiki


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