The Interview

When considering assessment 2, my group and i came to a consensus that we were all interested in investigating the topic of stereotypes within families in comedic television programs. What i mean by this is analysing family roles in different tv shows and identifying the social stereotypes they posses. For example, it is commonly found in tv shows that father’s are often depicted as lazy and idiotic, mothers are often nagging house-wives and children are often categorised as one being rebellious ‘failure’ and one being an intelligent ‘goodie-goodie’.
Although we knew the area in which we wanted to research, in practice, we struggled in creating a specific research question however we have now landed on

As practice, i asked my sister some of the questions we have put together.

1. Age: 29

2. Gender: Female

3. Are you familiar with the following television programs: The Simpsons and Modern Family?
Yes, i have seen episodes from both shows

4. How would you describe the traits of the characters from:
– The Simpsons:
Homer:
Idiotic
Marge:
a nag
Bart:
rebellious
Lisa:
intelligent
Maggie:
the outsider

– Modern Family:
Phil: Idiotic
Claire:
a nag
Hayley:
rebellious
Alex:
intelligent
Luke:
the outsider

5. In one word, describe the main role of each member of the family
Homer: provider
Marge:
housewife
Bart:
rebel
Lisa:
nerd
Maggie:
forgotten-child

Phil: Supporter
Claire:
Family therapist
Hayley:
the cool one
Alex:
nerd
Luke:
Loner

6. Do you see a familiarity between any of the characters from The Simpsons to the characters in Modern Family?
Yes

7. Do you think the way families are represented in television has changed over time? Can you elaborate?
Yes, for example, modern family now incorporates gay couples, adopted babies and generational differences in marriage.

8. Do you think that the roles in The Simpsons have changed over time to fit in with social norms?
Yes

9. Do you think that Modern Family correctly reflects social norms in society today?
Yes

It is important to note that these questions at this point are merely drafts and nothing has been labelled official.

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