Lessons I've Learned from TV: Proverbial nuclear family perpetuated
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 22:09
Although over 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, television sitcoms have given us a strange insight into what the typical marriage looks like nowadays. The wife is always gorgeous and shows no signs of aging despite being in her mid-40s. The husband has done all the aging for her. The man married to this beautiful woman is always shorter and chubby. Personality may trump looks, but the man is always a complete idiot. The son is always an even bigger idiot than the father and does not know how to talk to girls his age because there has to be an episode where he gets bad advice on how to do so from the men in his life. Hilarity ensues. The daughter is always rude and screaming that she hates everyone when she doesn’t get her way. They either get grades that will admit them into ivy league schools or they’re failing every subject. There’s no in between.
These marriages never end in divorce. I’m not saying people should divorce each other left and right over every fight, but can we really say that Lois Griffin should stay married to Peter? Does anybody really see a happy marriage there? Although every guy in town is chasing after Lois and every week we see Peter do something absurd like drink oil because he ran out of Red Bull or waste time and money that the family cannot afford for some sort of unnecessary crude and expensive reference to the pop culture of the 80’s. In one episode where Peter takes out another mortgage on the house to buy hundreds of thousands of lottery tickets, Lois says, “if we lose I want a divorce.” Peter replies simply by saying, “understood.”
Let’s go back to the kids. Why don’t we ever get a realistic depiction of teenagers? They’re always obsessed with sex, boys, girls, cars or clothes. They always are yelling and being rude. They tell their parents they don’t understand or know what they’re talking about or yell at their parents for invading their privacy (as if they have rights at such a young age.) They’re always don’t want to go to college or stressing about that their parents can’t affording tuition to Yale. Teenagers on T.V. want to run away or bring over friends who their parents don’t approve of. Even the people they date are those who their parents don’t think are right for them. The worst is that they always have such an angry attitude. Name one time a teenager has done any of this.