December 9, 2012
The Connors: The Real American Family
I chose to watch and observe a situation comedy that I liked watching as a teenager called Roseanne. Roseanne was a show that never shied away from real issues that families would endure and overcome. This show had nine seasons and always stayed current with the events that were going on in the world. The show portrayed a broad array of worldviews and how people in general would live together under different, sometimes opposing, outlooks on the world. Although the show never delved too deep into exact religious beliefs, there was an undertone of a Christian worldview. ("Roseanne full episodes," ...view middle of the document...
I was raised to be considerate, kind, and always respectful of my fellow man. These are lessons that ring true for me on this show once you look past the comedic value of the characters portrayed in the sitcom. My parents were always quick to discipline if I judged against someone’s race, color, religion and/or sexual orientation.
In contrast to my upbringings, this show had a more lenient role on punishment. I noticed that the Roseanne show tried to punish their children, however never followed through. My parents, on the other hand, always followed through with their punishment and I am thankful to this day for the structure. Another contrasting factor to my experience regarding family is the candid conversations between parent and child. My parents were much more conservative as what they talked to me about. On the show, they are very forthcoming with conversations that deal with sex, drugs and other difficult subjects.
I believe this show impacted my view on what family is. The questions that I was too...