The state of African American television shows in 2011
I don’t know about you, but there are certain television shows that I plug into my DVR every week to watch. Just so that you are aware (If it hasn’t been reiterated over and over again on the website) I am a Christian, and with that in mind I decided to talk about my new television line up this year.
As some of you may know. The television show “The Game” was cancelled about two years ago, and was recently brought back by BET. In it’s first debut episode, the ratings were through the roof with an astounding 7.7 million fans watching. For BET this was one of the highest ranking shows on their network, and undoubtedly one of the best decisions for The Network. This, to me was a personal triumph for a television show that had been on for so many seasons, was moved to a so-called “death slot” and then cancelled for losing half of it’s viewer ship. The fact that Fans won over the Network was a great accomplishment. it shows that they do indeed listen to our opinions.
However, after watching this show, along with a few other new television shows (Lets stay together, House of Payne, Are we there yet?) I questioned the state of African American Television shows that have made their way to prime time spots in the past two years.
Televisions shows like ‘The Game” aren’t in my opinion classified as ‘Family television”. Besides the time slot it holds, the banter, jokes, and situations that happen within the television show aren’t necessarily family friendly. but how does this compare to such television shows that us 80’s babies grew up on? shows that promoted education such as A different world, or shows that portrayed African Americans as entrepreneurs, such as “The Jeffersons”.
What about the shows that promoted fearless African American fathers, such as ‘The Cosby show” and ” Good times”? What about shows that ushered in the era of ‘The Rich black man” such as “Fresh Prince of Bel Aire”? Are these topics not important to main stream America anymore?
Shows like “House of Payne” and “Are we there yet” are looked at as more cheesy television, and most young teenagers may not necessarily enjoy the serious topics that may be discussed in these television shows. Now, in my opinion, I am not downing the new line up of African American Shows, we have come a long way from “Good times”, but how will this generation of youth be effected by watching “basketball wives” and “celebrity rehab” as their evening routine, versus us watching ” Family matters” and “The Parent hood”?
Just my two cents…what are your thoughts?