This research guide will help you find articles and books on TV families.
Growing Up on TV: The TV Family in Primetime
The term “family” probably evokes different images for each of us. We have all “grown up” in some form of family. This course will lead us through an examination of how “families” are portrayed on prime time television from the 1950’s to the 21st century. We will also investigate how the portrayal of TV families may or may not mirror families in society.
Books from the collection
The plug-in drug : television, computers, and family life
by Marie Winn
Marie Winn demonstrates that television has a negative impact on child development, school achievement, and family life. But rather than focusing on program improvement as a solution, Winn proposes that the problem lies within the seductive act of TV watching itself. Winn argues that extensive TV watching alters children's relations with the real world, depriving them of far more valuable real life experiences, especially playing and reading.
The end of television? : its impact on the world (so far)
by Elihu Katz; Paddy Scannell
A carefully curated tour through TV comedy series, this mixtape of fondly remembered shows surveys the genealogy of the form, the larger trends in its history, the best of what the genre has accomplished, and the most standard of its works. From I Love Lucy, The Phil Silvers Show, and M*A*S*H ...