Are There Any Good Role Models Left on TV?
By Christa A. Banister, senior music editor, gmclife.com
It’s no secret that today’s average sitcom shares very little in common with its much-loved, family-friendly predecessors like The Waltons, The Brady Bunch and The Cosby Show.
In fact, it’s pretty astounding just how much television programming has changed in only a decade. While recently tuning in to reruns of ’90s staples Seinfeld and Friends, comedies that featured attractive characters with the tendency to hop from bed to bed without exactly giving it much thought, it was shocking how tame it felt when compared to what’s regularly going down on Mad Men, Jersey Shore, Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl these days.
What’s even more shocking is that younger and younger audiences are spending some major time taking it all in. According to a recent study conducted by the Media Awareness Network, the average girl living anywhere in North America will watch 5,000 hours of television, not to mention 80,000 advertisements, before she starts Kindergarten.
Pretty unbelievable, isn’t it?
And in a day and age where a once tried-and-true role model like Hannah Montana’s Miley Cyrus has grown up and proclaimed that she “can’t be tamed” while donning a skimpy, Britney-esque bird costume, one can’t help but wonder if there really are any good role models left on television.
While they are certainly fewer and farther between, there are still a few notable exceptions to the rule. So with no further adieu, we’re offering up seven of our favorite television stars (in no particular order) who’ve managed to stay classy on the small screen.
And as for my shameless plug of the day, for anyone in search of TV shows that always feature strong protagonists with genuine, tried-and-true character, be sure to check out the variety of quality programming on gmc – uplifting entertainment.
Ty Pennington on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
Ina Garten on "Barefoot Contessa"
Jamie Oliver on "Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution"
Alexis Castle on "Castle"
Sarah Walker on "Chuck"
Special Agent G. Callen on "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Sandra Rinomato on "Property Virgins"
About the Writer
After graduating with a B.S. in Journalism from North Central University in 1998, Christa Banister moved from Minneapolis to Nashville, Tenn. and eventually started working at CCM Magazine/Salem Publishing in various editorial capacities as an editor, columnist and website guru for five and a half years. After that, she launched her own Dallas-based freelance writing company and writes for numerous clients including Salem Publishing, Crosswalk.com (she review movies for them each week), Christian Single, Christianity Today, Threads Media, Songs4Worship.com, PassAlong.com and also helped kickstart the first Christian music blog for MTV. In addition, she also writes bios for professional recording artists and authors and penned her first two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers for NavPress.
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