WASHINGTON — The portrayal of families on many of television's prime-time situation comedies is almost as unrealistic as it was three decades ago, a new study has concluded.
"Hollywood has largely failed to grapple with the important issues of people's lives," the National Commission on Working Women said in a report called "Prime Time Kids," an analysis of children and families on television.
The group based its study on 15 situation comedies and eight dramas with children as characters, monitoring them for five weeks in June and July to see if they reflected the concerns of the country's 20 million working mothers. "Those reflections were virtually non-existent," the study concluded.
The report noted that almost all real families with working parents depend on some form of child care and many families are struggling to make ends meet--particularly those headed by single women.