Developing and Analyzing a New American Sitcom

sitcom to the modern family in America today

Many years ago, in the 1950s, the I Love Lucy show was considered ground-breaking. It featured characters that were not the stereotypical blonde, blue-eyed heroes and heroines commonly seen on television. The main character Lucy was married to a Cuban-American named Ricky Ricardo. This was controversial at the time but America grew to accept Lucy and Ricky. Despite the fact that I Love Lucy is one of the most beloved sitcoms ever created, there have been few representations of Latin-Americans on television since Lucy that are as positive, loving, and warm. I wish to change that with my proposed sitcom Running Water. My sitcom is about two single mothers who are Cuban-Americans recently emigrated to the U.S.

Of course, there have been representations of some Latin-American characters on TV, some of which have been positive, others negative. However, these characters have tended to appear on serious dramas which are very message-oriented. While this is a laudable goal, it is also important that Latin-American characters are shown in their full complexity, which includes their sense of humor. Sitcoms often produce some of the most beloved characters in American culture. That is why I believe it is necessary for a sitcom -- specifically a family-oriented sitcom -- featuring Latin-American characters to be showcased. It is not enough that Latin-American characters play 'the friend' or the 'funny neighbor.' They deserve to have their concerns aired front and center.

I believe this sitcom will be successful because of the fact that the demographics of America are changing so dramatically. Latinos are increasingly a large part of the viewing audience, particularly in areas such as Los Angeles and Miami. They will be happy to see a sitcom that resembles their lives and focuses on their concerns, or the concerns of people close to them. The fact that it is a family-oriented sitcom is also important, given the important role that the family plays in so many Latinos' lives.

My sitcom will portray the struggles of Martha and Ivette, two immigrants who have recently escaped from Cuba with their sons. Martha is very optimistic about life in the United States, although she knows very little about the culture. Ivette is less certain that she has made the correct decision about coming to the United States. She is more critical about her cultural encounters with U.S. citizens. The conflict between these two perspectives will drive the plot of the sitcom and its various scenarios. The tone of the sitcom will be life-affirming but will also have a certain amount of humor and irony in terms of the way it shows the culture clash of the two main characters with that of dominant American society and also how these characters clash in terms of their own values between themselves. Since both of them are bringing up children, the pressure of children to assimilate to America will also be a common theme that arises in the sitcom.

Another aspect of my sitcom's appeal will be its focus upon immigrant communities. The apartment complex where Martha and Ivette stay will house many different immigrants, although most will be Cuban-Americans like themselves. Immigration is currently a 'hot button' issue in America, and many Americans are interested in it, which will add to the sitcom's appeal. The sitcom will encourage the American viewer to look at his world anew, while laughing at it at the same time. For example, in one of the episodes Martha's conviction that she lives in a very luxurious apartment compared with her existence in Cuba will be challenged when she brags about the quality of where she lives to a very wealthy lady. The woman takes Martha's impressions as 'the truth,' only to find, much to her shock and dismay when she arrives to look at the apartment complex, that it is a relatively run-down place, and the amenities which impress Martha are its running water and nice places to hang clothes. However, soon she will also recognize that Martha has many things she does not have -- Martha is rich in other ways, including her love for her family and friends. The immigrant experience is an important part of American history and bringing to light how many recent…