Friday, January 29, 2010

LBC-The Perfect Life

The Loose Bloggers Consortium, is an informal group of bloggers who post on a given topic each Friday. One topic is posted, then each member gives it their individual treatment. The current members are, in aphabetical order:
 ANU, (ASHOK is on hiatus), , CONRAD, GAELIKAA, GINGERGRANNYMAR , (HELEN, is on hiatus), MAGPIE11, MARIA, (MARIANNA is on hiatus ) and RUMMUSER .


This weeks topic is "The Perfect Life"


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As a youth, the favorite television programs of the time were sitcom's such as "Father Knows Best", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Donna Reed Show", "Bonanza", and of course "The Andy Griffith Show."  I enjoyed watching these shows.  I don't remember ever thinking I wish I could be in those families, basically, they showed how most families lived.  Oh, I don't mean everyone had the houses or all moms wore high heels to do the housework, (actually, I didn't know of any mom  that wore heels to work around the house, can you imagine how uncomfortable that would be), but that courtesy, manners, how brothers and sisters behaved mattered.  Even in the sitcoms, there were struggles, sibling rivalry, and a few crises arose.  So while the sitcoms exaggerated, they also presented a life that most people were familiar with. A family could sit down and watch the show together, laugh and cry with the characters.  I think one thought that came out of the shows were that there isn't a perfect life.  No matter where you live or how many parents you have or don't have, nor the money could give a person a perfect life.

Frankly, I think a perfect live would be boring.  I heard someone say one time, in response to a comment about how this person wished his life was like a straight line, that life is up and down, the only way life is a straight line is if you're dead.  

Of course, out of the above sitcoms, if I had a choice of which life I'd like to have it would be Bonanza or Andy Griffith.  Why, because they reached outside the immediate family to show how life affected others.  Both had a family with a single parent and a sense of humor.


11 comments:

Grannymar said...

Life on the box was always tempting, even the arguments were over before the programme ended!

Rummuser said...

The stories, those days, depicted in reel life, whether on the television or on the large screen, somehow showed an ideal rather than realities. While some basic truths were present, it was a rare and courageous producer who dared to show some truth in all its ugliness, like they show now.

Conrad said...

I LOVE this take on the topic. I hadn't even thought of it! You are quite right that this would be boring, for this view of perfection was always idealized in sterile in so many emotional dimensions.

Maria said...

Yes, a great take on the topic. Those programs certainly had an influence on all of us. I can't help but think of how different and yet similar are the programs of today. I am particularly thinking of "Modern Family" and "The Middle".

arlee bird said...

What I liked about the old shows was values. Good values were the norm and stepping in the direction of the otherwise had consequences. There was a sweet simplicity of those older shows where parents got respect and kids knew what was right.

Marianna said...

A friend and I were just going through the tv guide of our youth, playing, "What was on Sat. night at 8 p.m.?"

"Ok, how about Sun. at 8 p.m." - Easy - Ed Sullivan!

Funny how we have good recall of what was on when - wasn't hard when we grew up in rural areas with only one station - CBC.

A perfect life. Unfortunately, reality shows are presenting "the perfect or charmed life" vision to our youngsters...who may think it is the norm.

Debriefing would be my prescription. (Is this real? Do they become a star overnight? What is the cost of celebrity status? How do you handle cameras intruding into every aspect of your life?)

septembermom said...

Life really needs its ups and downs. It would be boring otherwise. Andy Griffith Show was one of my favorites. Very nice post.

Ginger said...

I'm glad that you pointed out that all of those sitcoms actually showed the imperfections of life. THey do highlight the ideal, but they also can act as models of what families could be - how to teach and learn lessons - give or take the modern cultural evolutions. Pleasantville, a movie with Reece Witherspoon, illustrates this well.

Anna said...

I agree; for me, perfection awaits on the other side. :)))

gaelikaa said...

I always remember the way serials would show a situation or family problem resolved in one episode. That sad thing is that life is seldom like that. Problems are not often resolved so easily or neatly in real life. I suppose they could be if we put our mind to it!

MelRoXx said...

good post Judy!