After our discussion on Wednesday, I have been thinking a lot about what draws Americans in to watch the same types of shows over and over, year after year. If plot lines are barely deviating from show to show, what makes us avid consumers of such monotony? Shows like According to Jim, My Wife and Kids and King of Queens perpetuate the 'no common sense,' often helpless blue collar husband who quite honestly is exactly like the article we read- a buffoon. I asked some of my friends what they thought about these shows, specifically ones where financial hardship and family struggles are shown, and their responses were resoundingly homologous. Every single person I spoke with said that if they are going to sit down to watch television, they want it to be an escape. They want to be able to laugh and not have the show emulate their problems or remind them of things they are struggling with once they leave the sofa. In many ways, I agree with them. I want my TV habits to be an escape. Do you agree or disagree?
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