Does American popular culture have a negative attitude towards apartments?
March 21, 2006 6:51 PM Subscribe
I know many people who don't live in houses but in apartments - empty nesters, young couples with or without children. However, if you were to base your idea of Americans' residences solely on television shows, it would seem that absolutely everybody lives in a house.
Aside from occasional shows based in Chicago and New York, most sitcoms place their characters into houses, even groups who by and large also tend to dwell in apartments. For example, the senior citizens on the show Golden Girls and a young urban couple on King of Queens live in houses although they are also statistically likely to live in an apartment. Does this mean that Hollywood does not want to show people living in apartments? If not, do the shows simply happen to reflect the fact that apartment-living is really not a part of the American cultural landscape?