Roseanne: a real “typical sitcom family”

Since the 1950’s, we’ve been awash in a sea of sitcoms about supposedly typical families. That is to say, white middle class English-speaking Christian familes including two parents and a number of kids born within the marriage. And most people seem to have internalized that format as a societal norm, despite all the many, many […]

Woman Beats Crap out of Would-Be Attacker

You thought it was a real headline, didn’t you? You thought for the first time in U.S. history, there was a story in the news about a woman beating her attacker senseless, instead of the other way around. Sucker! It’s been how many years of print journalism, and how many years of TV news, and […]

Xena: Revolutions From No-Man’s Land

When Xena: Warrior Princess debuted in 1995, a spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, I doubt anyone in the industry expected a five-year-run. More importantly, I doubt they expected it to influence TV as much as it did. Both shows tapped into something audiences didn’t know they wanted to see until they saw it: irreverent, […]

The Problem with Unresolved Sexual Tension

I originally posted a version of this article in a Stargate forum under the title “Why Ship Always Sinks”. It’s of general interest, though, and pertinent to recent discussions asking why anytime we see a man and woman on screen, we’re forced to wonder when they’re going to boink. First, let me define the lingo: […]

Carrying a Torch for an Unattainable Man

I’ve always believed that any type of character is a valid character. There are people who go out of their way to be shallow, or weak, or to conform with stereotypes, and they should be represented right along with the deep, the strong and the unique. It takes all types to make a world, and […]