90's Television Sitcoms
I have been a big fan of TV sitcoms for quite some time and as I look back upon the past decade or so, I can see that many of the 90’s sitcoms are still very popular among today's television viewing audience. Popular TV sitcoms like Frasier, Friends, Home Improvement, The Simpsons and The Fresh Prince of Bel-air that were playing on a great deal of television sets in the 90`s are still being watched daily as reruns by a surprising amount of viewers all over the world. Although the amount of faithful viewers of 90’s sitcoms is not what it was when they were first released, all of the sitcoms I have mentioned still have a faithful following of fans watching their reruns on a daily basis.
If you were to stop and think about what the early days of television sitcoms were like when compared to the 90’s sitcoms, it is easy to see the differences between the two eras when it came to what was allowed to be shown on television. For instance, back in the 60’s, a TV sitcom like the Dick Van Dyke Show you were lucky if you saw so much as a peck on the cheek when it came to showing affection between husband Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) and his wife Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore). And if you are old enough to remember, the Petrie’s slept in separate twin beds, although, at some point they must have moved them together because they had a son called Ritchie. Now, compare the very funny, but very proper 60’s sitcom Dick Van Dyke Show with the 90’s sitcom Friends, which was very funny, but very open sexually. I don’t believe there was any subject on Friends that was considered taboo.
Everyday living along with issues that were once considered taboo became the focus of 90’s sitcoms. When it came to comedy, nothing was sacred anymore. In fact, years ago, homosexuality was never, ever talked about on television sitcoms, but alas! Here comes the 90’s sitcom Will and Grace to take us through this very taboo issue in a very funny way. Now, thanks to this very popular TV sitcom, homosexuality is accepted by a great many more people. Back in the 70’s, a television sitcom like Will and Grace or Friends would never have been allowed to air.
It’s the writers of the TV sitcoms that deserve the lion’s share of credit for their skill in taking some of the most serious issues in life and giving them an element of humor which makes us laugh and forget about our frustration of everyday living. In that way, the 90’s sitcoms made us want to see more and more, so we tuned in week after week so we could get our comedy fix. 90`s sitcoms addressed a great many things never before scene on television. This brought us to a new era of television. The jury is still out on whether it has been good or bad for society. In truth, in my wildest dreams I could never have imagined that many of the issues could have been dealt with in such a humorous way without being offensive, but somehow, to the writers credit, they were. Bravo!
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