Thursday, September 28, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): Families
For the fourth and final week of September 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the world of TV that focuses on families. Shows that revolve around the family unit whether they’re dysfunctional or normal. Here are my three picks:
1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
One of the finest TV shows of the 90s that would serve as a stepping stone for then-rapper Will Smith into superstardom is this show about a young man who is sent to the posh Bel-Air to live with his rich relatives after getting in trouble in West Philadelphia. While it is known for Smith to do some funny things, it is about a family who deal with social standings, racism, and all sorts of issues that are serious yet they all come together as a family. Still, the show should be known for one character who is cooler than Will. Carlton Banks.
2. The Sopranos
One of the greatest shows to ever emerge on television is a show about family. A mob family but with problems. Underneath all of that toughness and bravado, Tony Soprano is a man with problems as he goes to a shrink for help as he also deals with his own dysfunctional family as well as the people working for him in the mob. It’s also got all of these great characters and sometimes it’s sad to see them get whacked or moments that are shocking. It is a reason why people still love that show.
3. Gilmore Girls
For about five-and-a-half seasons, this was one of the finest shows to emerge in the fledgling WB network as it’s about a woman who gave birth to a girl at age 16 and then fled her posh family life to raise her daughter alone as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are friends first and mother/daughter second. Lorelai would reluctantly re-establish relationship with her parents for Rory to be given tuition to a prestigious prep school where in return, she and Rory would see them on Fridays for dinner. It’s a show that is fun as it explores life in a small town in New England with all sorts of hilarity, fast-talking dialogue, and pop culture references and then it kind of stumbled in the middle of the sixth season and faltered big time in the seventh as it relates to Lorelai’s love life. Then there’s the recent revival on Netflix that is ultimately one of the most disappointing revivals for a TV show.
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