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Calling a 'Spade a Spade': What Sitcoms Tell Us about America (Dar Al Hayat, Saudi Arabic)


"There is an ongoing interaction between U.S. sitcoms and American society, and these programs provide a reflection of this society. ... The early years of the 21st century witnessed the spread of animated series for adults, which surpassed all that came before them in their mockery of American society and its values. ... These series call a 'spade a spade,' sometimes eliciting huge reactions among the public."


By Muhammad Musa


Translated By Nicolas Dagher


December 27, 2012


Saudi Arabia - Dar Al-Hayat - Original Article (Arabic)

Months ago, when President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney were in the midst of the election campaign,  about their favorite sitcom, both of them chose Modern Family which has been on ABC for the past three years.


If Obama's pick of this program was no surprise, it was very strange for his conservative Christian opponent, who represented a right-wing party that upholds the banner of protecting the "traditional family," to choose a series that depicts gay people adopting a child and which constantly mocks traditional methods of child rearing, especially when it comes to the sexual education of children.


Perhaps the choice of the series by both politicians stems simply from an attempt to burnish their image among undecided voters and ride the sitcom's tremendous popularity in America. What is certain is that there is an ongoing interaction between U.S. sitcoms and American society, and that these programs provide a  reflection of this society. That relationship became the subject of a British program by the BBC titled Family Guys - What do Sitcoms Say about America Now?

Modern Family: Surprisingly, a favorite show of both President

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That program looks back to the 1970s, which is the period in which sitcoms established themselves as a cornerstone of American television, and provides examples from series of the time that dared tackle issues that were taboo for American TV at the time, such as abortion, the emotion of relationships among different races in American society, homosexuality, and the relationships between Americans and religion.



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The BBC program contains interviews with sociologists and TV critics who all confirm that the most popular American comedy series are those that foresee and document the social and economic changes in American society, and present stories inspired by them. Paradoxically, the secret of the success of any sitcom is based on the portrayal of a serious problem that is in essence extremely sad. Ultimately, the balance between comedy and drama is what opens the door for these programs to expose the American subconscious, which is how they win popular acceptance and approval.


A recent examples provided by the BBC program is a series called The Middle, which was first broadcast in 2009 and portrays the daily life of an American family that is cruelly exposed to the economic crisis. One of the famous scenes in the series is in the form if a flashback for the couple in the story, as they return home after buying new appliances purchased on credit to be paid back in installments over three years. Those years will pass quickly for the couple and many Americans, who find themselves at the end of this period paying the price for their undisciplined spending.


With the advent of the new millennium, the sitcom and its network of writers felt that the time was right to depict stories and people that are bolder than those that emerged in the last. For instance, the first decade of the new millennium has witnessed very successful TV series like Will and Grace, which portray lesbian people living a normal life in New York.

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The early years of the 21st century also witnessed the spread of animated series for adults, which surpassed all that came before them in their mockery of American society and its values. These series have become famous for their attacks on conservative forces in America, and they also mock the political correctness that has so dominated U.S. media over the past two decades. These series call a "spade a spade," sometimes eliciting huge reactions among the public. They reflect the uncertainties and beliefs of large portions of the nation's youth, also known as the Internet generation. Although they are considered somewhat religious, American young people have found in these series a spirit of rebellion that they yearn to express.



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