The dark side of American family life, a conference on television series in the Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia

The conference will analyse the treatment of fictional families in television series in the United States of America

The conference hall of the Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia will host a lecture under the title There’s no place like home: a journey to the dark side of American family life (Enlloc com a casa: viatge al costat fosc de la família nord-americana), by Iván Gómez, professor of Cinema and Television History, as part of a series of conferences entitled Parlem de sèries
 
From The Sopranos to Six Feet Under, the family has always been a feature of American television series writing. Far from the ideals portrayed in series during the 70’s and 80’s, the American family iconography has taken a radical about face with more seasoned, subversive products. Over the past years, many productions have chosen to reveal darker aspects of family life as a means of criticizing a specific societal model.
 
The dark side of American family life is given sarcastic treatment in series such as United States of Tara, Californication, Shameless, or Weeds, in which a widowed mother decides to sell marihuana to her residential district neighbours in order to maintain her lifestyle. The family is also a recurrent theme in the more dramatic series such as Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, or Mad Men, which deals with social unhappiness in New York during the 60’s.
 

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Publication date: Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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