The 7 best televised weddings of all time
The televised weddings are largely terrible.
For the most part, they either feature awkward husbands who are always put in their shoes by oddly patient wives (Family guy) or light women always put in their place by competent men (I love lucy). It’s rare to find a televised wedding in which the show’s creators seem to have a sense of how a real relationship should work, and the consequences to society may not yet have been fully understood.
And yet, each decade, some shows have broken away from the mainstream to portray marriage as not only desirable, but admirable. These shows are rare, but they are wonderful, and they can serve as little half-hour lessons during our weeks on what we should aspire to. And so, we bring you the best RELEVANT TV weddings of the past 50 years, one from each decade, and what we learn from it about having and keeping, as long as you both are unionized.
Rob and Laura Petrie: The Dick Van Dyke Show
These days, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore’s fictional marriage is more likely to be mocked for its separate beds than advertised for its portrayal of a progressive marriage in the 1960s. quaint, but in its heyday the show was pushing the boundaries in a way few TV shows have ever had. Show creator Carl Reiner was working hard to deliver an interesting and nuanced portrayal of a marriage while most TV shows still asked viewers to laugh at the smart, enduring husbands who put up with their silly, fear-prone wives. accidents. Rob and Laura’s relationship was lively, in which Rob never had to resort to instructing Laura that she “had something to do.” They explained things to each other, respected mutual roles and seemed to have a marriage that involved friendship and patience. It was as much of a revelation in the 1960s as it is today.
Bob and Emily Hartley: The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show was neither a workplace comedy nor a home life comedy, but straddled both, showing both Bob’s work and the house in equal measure. Still, the show’s theme song, “Home to My Emily,” likely sums up what the show was really about: Bob’s marriage to Emily (Suzanne Pleshette). As a neurologist, Newhart spends most of his time surrounded by curious people and neurotics. He can work with them, even help them heal them, but he cannot be fulfilled by his work with them. For that, he needs his wife, who knew how to nourish him, encourage him or, if necessary, correct him (often with a spirit which surpassed his own). The 60s were the era of the self-made man, defined by his profession. The Bob Newhart Show turned that idea around, showing a man who was only good at his job because of the support and wisdom he got from his marriage.
George and Louise Jefferson: The Jeffersons
This All in the family the spin-off was so successful that it transcended the legacy of its mother show. Revolutionary for several reasons, The Jeffersons ran for 11 seasons, the most of any sitcom starring a black family. And although this is a sitcom, he’s never shied away from tackling difficult issues, such as alcoholism, illiteracy, self-harm, and even gun control. It was also the first sitcom to feature an interracial couple. But no matter how far George and Louise evolved, they always evolved together.
Homer and Marge Simpson: The simpsons
The simpsons it’s a lot of things, but it’s not the portrait of a perfect marriage. Homer and Marge are a mismatched couple. Marge dominates Homer in every way: she’s smarter, wiser, and more aware. While Homer does end up saving the day at times, there’s no doubt that Marge saves Homer in virtually every episode. And even-and even– they make it work. They have a spark of love, a mutual understanding, and that crucial desire to push through. They strive to overcome their differences and talk honestly about their feelings instead of burying their arguments and resentment. The Simpsons ‘marriage is not perfect, but when marital cynicism peaked in the’ 90s, he continued to be happy, despite his odds. In this way, he gave everyone a marriage to aspire to. Because if the oldest marriage on TV can make it work, maybe we can too.
Eric and Tami Taylor: Friday night lights
It’s always hard to explain Friday night lights to someone who hasn’t seen it. Ostensibly, Friday night lights is ‘the football show’, and one that hunts everyone except football fans with a taste for homemade drama. But Friday night lights Fans know that all football is really just a backdrop to the show’s main focus: the relationship between head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton ). Novels could (and should) be written about what this show got about marriage, but suffice it to say here that their partnership and love are arguably the best portrayal of marriage on television today. Even so, Eric and Tami’s relationship is never idealized. They bicker, analyze the truth and sometimes fight. But you never doubted their deep and constant love for each other. They cooperated and compromised on each other’s dreams, remaining flexible with their individual aspirations for the greater good of the Taylor house and, as we saw episode after episode, the ripple effect of an honest and committed couple has grown far beyond the confines of their home. . More than any other show before or since, Friday night lights has shown the power of a strong marriage in its ability to look better and benefit society as a whole. And the Taylors kept their marriage strong just like Dillon: with clear eyes and full hearts.
Dre and Rainbow Johnson: Blackish
Blackish is subtle in the way it finds to elicit emotions. On the surface, it’s a warm little sitcom about a family juggling life in the modern age. But Johnson’s reactions to current events, socio-political issues, and family drama come to you sideways, zigzagging when you think they’re going to zag and ultimately land a lot harder for it. It might seem a bit gimmicky if not for the spectacular couple of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who know parents act one way around their kids and another way when they’re not. – by putting courageous and wise faces for the people who need it. while asking internally if they are doing the right thing every step of the way. One thing they never wonder is if they need each other, and neither do we.
Wanda and Vision: WandaVision
We’re only a few years into the decade here so that may change, but WandaVision still deserves a mention for its portrayal of marriage. Few would have picked this MCU spin-off about a magical witch and her synthetic groom to be as intelligent, touching, or deeply emotional as he ended up being, but Wanda and Vision are one of the more real ones that we’ve seen on TV lately. years. Of course, this was helped by the fact that it was very clearly inspired by many of the marriages described on it, but their story transcended the pastiche of the sitcom. Wanda and Vision lived in a world that constantly seemed to fall apart, where it was difficult to discern what was real and what was not, and their divergent views on reality threatened to pull them apart until that they finally realize that they are stronger together. . If that doesn’t look like a solid marriage in modern America, what does it do?