Why Are Black Family Sitcoms Gone?
African-Americans may have the most spending power, but that doesn’t mean they’re being represented in what they watch.
If you turn on the television, the only Black families you may find are from the 80’s and 90’s. Sure, Fresh Prince, Cosby Show, and Martin are aging, but not forgotten.
The Fresh Prince has moved over to the big screen with his family, Dr. Huxtable finally got the kids out of the house, and Martin is…wait, what is Martin doing?
While there are more Black faces on television, but Black family sitcoms are essentially gone. The same goes for Latino and Hispanic families, and Native American and Asian families are basically obsolete.
In the past decade or so, networks have switched their focus are focusing more on white families. This is the direct result of the tightened TV industry, where elite executives sell their shows to major networks.
Until networks start realizing their prime audience isn’t the white middle class family, Blacks and other minorities will be forced into the world of cable.
How do you suppose more Black families can be represented in network sitcoms?