The plot of the show was, on the surface, pretty sordid. That actually holds true for all of the several plots going on at the same time.
Not sordid in the Nancy Grace sense, or the SVU sense. Just involving levels of manipulation and equivocation that most of us would not see ourselves falling prey to.
- The adult woman, guest of honor at her own baby shower, left the roomful of guests and her daughter immediately began to spill the beans about what the adult woman had said, previously, about each of the guests. By the time the guest of honor came back in, there was only one attendee left, as the others had found out what she truly thought of them, and departed in anger.
- The two male children, one about 12 years old and the other somewhere in the mid-teens, were so unfamiliar with their dad that they did not know his middle name, or birthday. No, these kids don't live separate from dad, they're just self-absorbed. Not to mention, in one case, of minimal smarts.
- The two teenage girls were so publicly rude on a radio show that they were supposed to be hosting that they were kicked off on short notice.
Now this may strike you as some kind of documentary on dysfunctional family life. If you guessed that, you'd be wrong. All of the above were executed in the name of humor, and I guess we were supposed to find them funny.
It gets weirder. The channel featuring these supposedly funny events was the one with the famous mouse as a logo, arguably the most family-oriented channel around.
Don't get me wrong. I can see the humor in the idea of someone backbiting her "friends" and getting caught, or kids being so self-absorbed that they don't know basic facts about their dad. I am just not sure what kind of example this sets for my 8-year-old granddaughter, who is taught to be honest and ethical. And not to backbite. And not to be self-absorbed. And not to speak rudely, whether on the air or not.
OK, I sound, perhaps, like an old, fuddy duddy, and perhaps that is true. It just occurred to me, as I was sitting there eating my omelet and watching this show, that it's not unusual as what passes for children's TV.
I realize there are far worse moral examples on TV than "Good Luck, Charlie." That's part of what concerns me.
Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis Christian High School. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org