Why do you think sitcoms always portray middle class families living in nice, luxurious suburban houses, yet the parents are always portrayed to work shitty jobs and be poor/broke?

Why do you think sitcoms always portray middle class families living in nice, luxurious suburban houses, yet the parents are always portrayed to work shitty jobs and be poor/broke?

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  1. It’s not meant to be realistic. That’s why I always like Malcom in the Middle, because the joke is that a family with 5 kids and crummy jobs is poor as shit

  2. Those jobs made enough money to buy people a nice house in the past, when sitcoms first became popular. I guess the trope stuck around, despite the increase in the cost of houses.

  3. If you’re talking specifically about sit coms then must audiences will watch programmes and casts they either aspire to, can laugh at or both. They can dream about having that lifestyle while being entertained. It’s also a great platform for product placement.

  4. I like this question but I think you’re missing a bit. Most families in film are actually produced with a minimalistic view of living—in terms of what is in their house, what they wear, etc. There are exceptions, especially recently, like Knives Out, and even Locke and Key. In those homes they are full of junk, which is in a certain sense more true to middle class, even if they emphasize the bloated size of their homes. Point being, minimalism is a poor way to indicate middle class. It appears high class even when it is not. Shows take advantage of this because they need to spend less on props.

    If you want to get even more philosophical, video games do the same thing. You can enter a house and all you will find is a can of beans. Very minimalistic. It’s cheap production.

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