A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the sitcom, Happily Divorced, online. I vaguely remember hearing about the show before it aired. Intrigued by the title, I watched a couple episodes. The gist of the show is simple: husband confesses after many years of marriage that he’s gay. He can’t afford to move out due to the economy, so they continue to live together while moving on after their divorce. I wasn’t impressed, and it wasn’t just Fran Drescher’s voice that turned me off. I thought there were too many jokes and not enough realistic struggle. Of course, I only watched 2.5 episodes… it might have gotten better as the season wore on. If anyone knows for sure, please tell me in the comment section.
Another “divorce” TV show that was popular for many years was Reba. Again, I only watched one or two episodes (years ago), but I liked it. On Reba’s show, she played a divorcee and mother of three/grandmother of one. Her ex-husband left her for a younger woman and he and the OW were very much involved in the lives of Reba and her children. That one gave me a few genuine laughs.
My favorite (I think. For now anyway.) TV program featuring a divorced couple is The New Adventures of Old Christine. This one featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a divorced mother, living with her younger brother (actually, her brother lives with her) while her ex-husband has moved on with a younger “New Christine”. Admittedly, I probably like this one the best because I watched it the most. I appreciate the humorous way Christine blunders about in the dating world as well as the mommy circles. I like the obvious connection that remains between Christine and her ex. It’s all very genuine as well as amusing.
Of course, I appreciate all of these entertainment options because they display a respectful and cooperative relationship between exes, even on the heels of a betrayal. The children on these shows enjoy presence and positive relationships with both parents. They aren’t coached to hate, they aren’t asked to pass notes. It’s beautiful.
Ani Difranco once said, “Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.” As divorce gains more exposure in our society, I hope this statement holds true.
So… what TV programs did I miss? I know there has to be more out there that are set in the wake of a separation. What’s your favorite?