Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
As i agree All in the Family was an envelope pusher, I think there is a great disparity in the length in which each pushed it. There was a level of
grotesqueness to Married With Children that All in the Family never reached.
To me there is no comparison. MWC Glorified the crude nature whereas AITF judged it.
I think your dead wrong. Married With Children to me had better moral values than Leave it to Beaver and all of those other shows you mention.
To start, lets be clear, every generation for as far back as I know has criticized the culture of the generation below them. When Big Band came out,
it took focus away from gospel, then those fans thought Elvis was to sexual, then those fans hated the next music, and so on. Same with tv. So I
don't neccessarily think FOX did anything new.
The difference between MWC and Leave it to Beaver is that MWC is more realistic. Most families can relate
tp fighting with each other, being crude, etc like in MWC. Beaver was a utopian world that no one could hope to live up to.
Also, despite the family differences in MWC, they always ended up sticking together. Whatever schemes they came up with never worked, and they always
ended up relying on each other to get through the drudgeries of the daily life.
Another positive of the show was that it was willing to look a life through a poor families lens, unlike Beaver. It showed how hard life could be
when poor, and approached it with comedy to show that depite it being hard, poor people could make a run of it.
I was also willing to make fun of all kinds of stereotypes. Unlike most stereotypes of its time where wives were always right, Peggy is often seen as
horribly wrong. But so is the rest of the family. The boys a perv, the daughter a dumb blonde, dads a mysogonist, and you know what, the show
constantly makes fun of all of them. But in the end of it they stick together.
I could go on and on. At the end of the day, you just seem to have a problem with the crudeness of the show. Well I don't think the show cause this
crudeness, I think the show became popular because thats how people were. And its ok to be crude!
It has often been the elite thoughout history who have belittled the commoners for there crudeness, and have attempted to sensor it. I say as long
as the overall message is good, thats good enough for me.