Wish I had something smart to say about THE REAL WORLD. My slight exposure
to the show itself and the hype about the show tell me that it is an
extension of the fundamental approach of AMERICAN FAMILY. When he was
producing FAMILY, Craig Gilbert knew what he wanted and interviewed
250 families before casting the Louds. The Louds interest was that they
would "be on television" as a way of making it in the great big world of
show biz. THE REAL WORLD was cast in the same way, the only difference
is that they were a constructed "family."
THE BRADY BUNCH and the MONKEES don't seem to fit that paradigm, except
to the extent that any show takes on the characteristics of a family.
While writing the previous sentence, the thought occurred that many other
continuing groupings (department faculty??) take on the characteristics
of a family with people taking on comfortable roles of father, mother,
older brother, younger sister, etc.
I don't know what this all means; it's been a long time since I thought
I was a sociologist.
best wishes, cal