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"MODERN FAMILY" VS. "THE COSBY SHOW"

UMD's Sheri Parks, associate professor of American Studies, weighs-in on "normal" TV families.

By Janice D'Arcy, The Washington Post

Last night “Modern Family” was anointed. It won Emmys for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Writing and Best Directing in the comedy category. The raucous assemble follows a long line of family-based comedies that trade on the absurdity of parenting.

Not everyone was cheering at its success last night, however. Sheri L. Parks was watching with her daughter and couldn’t help but feel a little worried.
 
“There are mounds of research that suggests that television sets up normative behavior for children, that they see TV families as ‘normal,’ that they take away strategies for interacting with people,” said the University of Maryland American Studies associate professor.

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Date of Publication: 
9/19/11