These three shows are: Blue Bloods on CBS, Modern Family on ABC, and Duck Dynasty on A&E. Two are scripted shows and one is a reality show. While some might argue that some of these shows are not blazingly hot series but they are popular ad have a following.
Modern Family is an interesting scripted show where they profile three separate families that are part of one family. They all have representation in today’s society from being a typical married couple with three children to a blended family with a trophy wife and also a homosexual couple with children. The different “set-ups” in the show can evoke happiness but also anger depending on who you are when watching it, yet it draws you in.
Blue Bloods is of a working class family of cops and lawyers bound by tradition, family and religion. They deal with the duty to their family and to their jobs in every episode. It’s a combination of grit, crime solving and family that gets viewers involved.
Finally you have Duck Dynasty. Probably the most unbelievable reality show. A bunch of backwoods bearded individuals who appear to be uneducated have hit it big with a great product and are rich. This show is not popular because it makes fun of them but it shows us who they really are. A fun loving, religious, and connected family that would do everything and anything for each other.
But what do these three have in common? From the description above they are all different and don’t seem to be connected yet I’ve found three themes that really stand out.
· Family – all three shows are family centric. They show the struggles of dealing with your family in different ways but also that you will always be there. In the case of DD family extends to the community. We all strive to be part of a family and are tried and frayed to the nerve with certain members of our family but we enjoy watching every episode because we see even with all the troubles they are there to support them and we want it. One thing that highlights every episode is a family dinner or get together where all generations are together and they discuss questions and concerns of the day in an open fashion helping everyone understand the lesson of the day.
· Community – In all the series the families are focused on building their community. Whether it be through helping their friends in the community, serving the community itself, or teaching their children how to be better members of the community.
· Honesty – This is the final part. It shows itself in religion attributes, or in just plain honesty in each episode. It is a value that is revered by all and encouraged at all times.
There might be other reasons why these shows are so popular but these are three common themes that make it interesting to me. What do you think?