TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Family: Family Messages In ABC’s 1990s Friday Night Lineup

dc.contributor.advisor Foss, Katherine Smith, Kourtney Hanna
dc.contributor.committeemember Marcellus, Jane
dc.contributor.committeemember Quarles, Jan
dc.contributor.department Mass Communications en_US 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z 2015-12-18T19:09:14Z 2015-10-23
dc.description.abstract Early television sitcoms in the 1950s focused on families with traditional nuclear structures and conventional values. Almost four decades later, ABC’s Thank Goodness It’s Funny 1990s lineup featured families whose premise and themes were based on reconfiguring family structure. By studying television families in Full House (1987-1995), Family Matters (1989-1998), Step-by-Step (1991-1998), Boy Meets World (1993-2000), and Sister, Sister (1994-1999), we see traditional family values of love, friendship, togetherness, and instilling the importance of hard work and education in children. TGIF’s theme songs reconfigure the American family through song, and emphasize that reconfiguration leads to a better family. This narrative qualitative analysis of the TGIF lineup provided insight into how American sitcoms have evolved in ideologies about the family in-between the traditional early portrayals to today’s postmodern television families. M.S.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject 1990s
dc.subject Family
dc.subject Representations
dc.subject Television
dc.subject TGIF
dc.subject.umi Mass communication
dc.subject.umi Sociology
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Family: Family Messages In ABC’s 1990s Friday Night Lineup
dc.type Thesis
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