Looking for televsion clips that feature a variety of family dynamics.
December 6, 2015 5:58 PM   Subscribe

I'm reading A Raisin in the Sun with my high school class. I'd like to show them clips from various televsion shows that display the humor, drama, and complications that come from being a part of a family. YouTube links are amazing. Thanks!
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posted by Freedomboy at 6:10 PM on December 6, 2015

Family Ties?
posted by slater at 6:23 PM on December 6, 2015

Bob's Burgers. Early Simpsons. Roseanne.

Brady Bunch
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:24 PM on December 6, 2015

You want family dynamics, you want Gilmore Girls.
posted by bcwinters at 6:53 PM on December 6, 2015 [3 favorites]

2nding bobs burgers. Try this clip of Bob remembering his childhood and sharing it with his wife and kids.
posted by tinymegalo at 6:57 PM on December 6, 2015

Showing segments from Revisit the Loud Family might be an interesting lesson.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 7:01 PM on December 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you don't mind including the concept of chosen family and want to include some non-white folks (both of which your students might well appreciate), the Fast and Furious movies always deliver:

- the Fast Five BBQ scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLtRVENHxb0 (there's a couple of cuss words, so your mileage may vary depending on how forgiving your district is)
- the guys find out Mia is pregnant and decide they have to work together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31wejJ3Vpiw

... and I just saw you said TV shows; I've been grading all day. Nonetheless, they'd made for good discussion. :)
posted by joycehealy at 7:14 PM on December 6, 2015

Many parts of The Middle mirror my life growing up. The family interactions are extremely on point for my lived experience, to the extent that I've wondered whether the writers had bugged our house with cameras. Sibling interactions (both the fights and the sweet lovey parts) all ring true to me.

Also it's a funny, modern show so the references won't annoy or confuse your students.
posted by phunniemee at 7:26 PM on December 6, 2015

It's hardly A Raisin in the Sun, but I think The Goldbergs is frequently spot on in capturing family dynamics.
posted by kbar1 at 7:34 PM on December 6, 2015

Parenthood does it well.
posted by cecic at 7:44 PM on December 6, 2015 [3 favorites]

Not television, but The Incredibles.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:00 PM on December 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Rick and Morty. Not the rosiest picture of how to be in a family, to put it mildly, but it's definitely a show with a lot to say about family. The first thing that sprang to mind reading this question was the 1st season episode Raising Gazorpazorp.
posted by town of cats at 9:34 PM on December 6, 2015

Methinks Modern Family qualifies.
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:38 PM on December 6, 2015

Friday Night Lights.
posted by erst at 11:11 PM on December 6, 2015

The Royle Family
posted by thetortoise at 1:42 AM on December 7, 2015

Everybody Hates Chris
posted by thetortoise at 1:49 AM on December 7, 2015

Another vote for The Waltons. Maybe this closing clip?
posted by jbickers at 2:54 AM on December 7, 2015

Sounds like an excuse to bimgr-watch The Mary Tylerr Moore Show.
posted by SemiSalt at 6:10 AM on December 7, 2015

Grace Under Fire depicted what are, in my opinion, very real family dynamics. A very short clip:

There are many more available on youtube.
posted by Dolley at 7:12 AM on December 7, 2015

Modern Family.
posted by miles1972 at 10:13 AM on December 7, 2015

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