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What I Have Learned From TV

What sorts of values have YOU learned from the television? Is it just entertainment, or an educational teaching tool as well? I've been reflecting on this, and here are a few of my thoughts on what I've learned from various programs:

The Brady Bunch

Yes, I'm really that old. I remember this show. I learned from watching the Brady Bunch that the average family with six children still has lots of money. Mom sits around and reads all day while Alice cooks in her smart little uniform. All the children are trendy. The furniture matches. The house is spotless.

Oh, and if you time things right, you can have three matching boys and three matching girls. And stepfamilies are easily blended. You see this especially in the episode all about the "problems" of blending their families. The worst thing that happens is that the boys make a clubhouse to keep the stinky girls out. Dad fixes it with a little chat.

Bewitched/I Dream of Jeannie

Witchcraft is fun and harmless! Just wiggle your nose and watch hilarity ensue. Or *worse,* women should call their live-in lovers "master." OK, I'm not going there...

Gilligan's Island

You might as well forget about getting off the island. Nothing you do will matter. No matter how brilliant your scheme, Mr. Professor, it isn't going to work. You might as well give up and enjoy the fact that everyone else has packed an amazing wardrobe and enough stuff to last several lifetimes when they embarked on this three-hour cruise.

(No wonder all the stars from this show wound up on drugs! What depressing thoughts!)

Tom and Jerry/ assorted cartoons

They really don't make these like they used to! I used to be nostalgic for these cartoons until I saw some of them again. "Mammy" screaming with her broom and other racist items. Horrible sadism masquerading as humour. Nasty stuff! I wonder what I learned from these LOL! Gracious.


  1. yOu mean your house isn't spotless while you sit and read for hours????:):):)

  2. Good points! Most TV families people aspire to be like are broken or just not realistic.

    Another thought: Someone dies in almost every movie. I came across this when a woman I know mentioned her daughter was always afraid her mom was going to die because it was in every movie. It's either that or a single parent: Uptown Girls, Shrek, Return to Me, Raising Helen, Ever After, Ice Princess, Napoleon Dynamite, Neverending Story, Knights Tale, Pirates of hte Carribbean...and those are just the ones on our shelf...

    I used to ponder on what would happen if my parents (or one of them) would wonder!

  3. Oh! And you can learn even higher quality lessons from modern TV programs...according to "Grey's Anatomy", boredom at the workplace can easily be solved by simply having sex with each and every one of your co-workers!

    I can't even think of any programs today that even have families in them...hmmm, there's "According to Jim" where we learn the lesson that overweight, slovenly, lying, juvenile men can get perky thin blondes to marry them.

  4. Oh yes...all problems can be fixed in 30 minutes with "a little chat." Rare were the problems so large that a "to be continued" was required!


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