posted on Jun, 16 2008 @ 08:20 AM
In another topic people were complaining about how the male lead was portrayed. As a dumb, comic relief. Why? It's called Television! What sells?
Sweet, dumb, male lead, smart hot female lead, and so forth. It's a tried and true set up that works! Why reinvent the wheel?
Here is how a sitcom is set up
Male Figure is dumb but sweet, kind, and handy around the house. Usually the only one with a job and when not makes more as the female figures job is
just a "hobby"
Femal Figure is hot as hell no matter how many kids she's popped out and is smarter but is almost always at home mother even though she is supposed
to be so smart. Also she is helpless with anything that deals with cars and handy work.
Eldest Daughter is HOT, boy crazy, and the father is always over protective and embarrasses her at every moment. There are several models of this,
like the prissy queen, or cheerleader, or tomboy but they are always hot.
Eldest Son, this one depends. If only one male son it can be split between the different types but if more then one this one is usually the jock but
Next in line Son, usually nerdy, really smart, but jealous of older brother for his looks and skills in sports that draws girls unlike his skills in
Dungeons and Dragons and computer programming.
Also, notice almost NEVER do they have more then one daughter but usually have more than one son. Why? You only need one hot teenage girl to draw the
teen and young adult males to the show.
Why are they like this? Its called marketing. You make a show about a smart handsome leading male and a fat ugly dumd drooling and knuckle dragging
leading female and you don't have a show. People want to see the man be dumber then the wife but sweet and heart warming when it counts while seeing
a hot wife no matter how many kids she's had.
Could you imagine a new sitcom where the husband was say, David Beckam and the wife was that "Dark sided! Gorgon! Did you ask if she was
Christian!" woman from that wife swap show. It wouldn't sell because people don't want to see that.
Of course not all sitcoms are set up like this. Cheers, Seinfeld, Will and Grace, Friends, were succesful. But notice that? Cheers, the lead male
was not as smart as the lead female. No kids but you have Woody, Norm, Cliff Clavin as the "kids"
Seinfeld though was a breakthrough. Smart male, not as smart woman but the difference is it wasn't really a lead male and lead female. Seinfeld was
a lead cast, not lead character show. Seinfeld wouldn't have had a show without the cast. He couldn't carry a show, neither could the others. Why
all shows they tried after Seinfeld failed. None of them were lead characters and can't carry a show.
Friends? Oops, two male characters are idiots, one woman is smarter than the rest. The three others are the "kids". One goofball, one genius and
one prissy stuck up queen who was hot.
Will and Grace, Jack was the dumb male, Grace smart woman, then Jack and Grace's friend were the "kids"
See the common format of EVERY sitcom no matter how different they seem to be?
Why this post? I just wanted to discuss the format. What do you see? Grounded for Life? Family Guy? And of course what about the format of
movies? Dramas? You see that there are really only abot 5-6 formats just different characters playing them out.