ERIC Number: ED282555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Changing Image of the Black Family on Television.
Cummings, Melbourne S.
This discussion of the roles portrayed by blacks in media begins by describing stereotyping in pre-television film and radio, and examining television shows from the 1950s until the early 1980s which included black characters to show that this stereotyping has continued until very recently. The shows covered in this context include "Beulah,""Make Room for Daddy,""The Jack Benny Program,""Trouble with Father,""The Amos 'n Andy Show,""Julia,""Sanford and Son,""Good Times,""The Jeffersons,""What's Happening,""Diff'rent Strokes,""Webster," and "Gimme a Break." Three more recent series that have finally begun to depict the black family seriously--"The Cosby Show,""Charlie and Company," and "227"--are then discussed at length. Characters, situations, and issues with which the shows deal are presented, compared, and contrasted, and it is concluded that "The Cosby Show" and "227" are well on the way to changing the stereotypical image of the black family on television in the United States. Six references are listed. (MES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Television Studies Conference (2nd, London, England, July 1986).