Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ways We Related to the TV Sitcom ‘Married With Children’


For those that don’t know, Married With Children was a TV sitcom that aired for 11 seasons that was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The plot was about a stereotypical dysfunctional and borderline broke family during the 90's that lived in an unknown suburb area in Chicago. This show was a real life example of how children can change your views on life and how you make decisions. Kids can drive you insane, but will keep you honest. Every family has their internal issues that they’re dealing with making them dysfunctional.

Married With Children casts the lives of the family characters Al Bundy, Peggy, Kelly, and Bud. Al was a well-known and talented football player in high school who grew up to be a hard working women's shoe salesmen. His wife Peggy stays at home most of the time buying from the Home Shopping Network. She can also be rather obnoxious. Then there’s the young, attractive yet clueless daughter Kelly. That basically sums her up. And finally, their wise guy son, who’s the most intelligent one in family and who’s also obsessed over girls, Bud. Their close neighbors down the street are the active couple Steve Rhoades and his feminist wife Marcy. Marcy eventually gets divorced and later remarries Jefferson D'Arcy, who was a white-collar criminal who evolved into a role as her trophy husband and Al's trusty sidekick. This makes for an awkward family relationship and hilarious show for viewers.

Now, this story-line very similarly models the family life of most suburban families. Married With Children made fun of these average suburban families, while still sharing the truth. The reason the viewers found this sitcom hilarious is because all the jokes and corny lines where actually true and relatable. Viewers could say that totally resembles my family or friends down the street.

It was very common in the 90's for the stereotypical family to have the dad go out and work to support the family, while the mother takes care of the kids at the house. Women didn't have nearly as many job opportunities and in some cases were treated differently compared to men. The kids usually stayed at home most of the time, except when going to school. However, some kids were home-schooled.

As most of us may know, younger kids growing up aren't the brightest as they’re usually egocentric and not yet knowledgeable of the world around them. Young kids are trying to find their true personality.

Finally, let’s fast forward to the 21st century, and the roles have somewhat changed. Through various activists, women have achieved more rights than in the past. In today’s society, it’s very common for women to work in addition to their husbands or supply all the income. Occasionally, the roles are reversed and the women work while the men take care of the house. Kids are out of the house a lot more getting an education and volunteering their time (or working if they are old enough).