Literal and Metaphorical Color Televison

I use to watch this show a lot when I was younger. I spent most of my summers in Haiti and we didn’t have cable. What we did did have was a bunch of DVDs and VHS tapes. The TV could play both. We had every children’s movie that you could think of. But we had old videos too. I would watch the Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, and In Living Color. My grandmother loved the former two, but the latter one I cannot say she would agree. I, on the other hand, loved it. The opening was so catchy!

I loved watching this show. The cool dance moves of the “Fly Girls” and the hilarious comedy sketches were a lethal pair. The title was inspired by the NBC announcement of broadcasts being presented “in living color” during the 1950s and 1960s. The irony being that it was also living color because most of the cast were people of color. Keenen Ivory Wayans, the creator, producer and actor in the show, said, “I wanted to do a show that reflects different points of view. We’ve added an Asian and a Hispanic minority to the show. We’re trying in some way to represent all the voices.”

I can remember the last time I saw that tweet about there being a BET (black entertainment television) and how groups like that are reverse racism. But I respectfully disagree. If opportunities were open to people of color, there wouldn’t be a need for them. Having companies like that are useful in that it levels the playing field. This show aimed tio take a chance with content and give voice to certain unexplored themes.This show approached sensitive topics in a comedic way that I can appreciate more now compared to when I was a kid watching it for laughs and music.

The show one an Emmy in 1990 and was very popular each week when a new episode aired from high viewings. So why did it only have five seasons? Sure it was controversial but that’s what’s expected of a satirical comedy sketch show. Especially when it deals with racial problems and other related issues in America. In the final season all of the Wayans did not star in the show. Keenen Ivory Wayans had problems with FOX censoring the show without his agreement. Once he resigned as producer in the fourth season along with his siblings leaving, the show loss a lot of its appeal as well as its satirical flare.

So there is a chance the show would have ended the fifth season even without the Wayans leaving. But because they did, the show lost its purpose and had no base. Censorship is necessary in some cases. It is there for a reason. But it was the death of a really great show. On the bright side, this show launched a lot of great comedians still loved and well known today,


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