Saturday, 10 August 2013
Is Benson The Fresh Prince?
Is Benson the Fresh Prince. Upon reading an interesting essay on the subtext within sitcoms (Hidden themes and narratives within popular culture) i found a series of similarities between 80's sitcom Benson and mid nineties sitcom TFPOBA. But a reversal has occurred. In Benson a black American fleeing the effects of crime gets a job as a butler in a mansion through artifice. In Fresh Prince a young man flees the effects of crime and uses street smarts to get ahead. The difference is the black family now owns the mansion. Work in progress . Most of the main characters in Benson are the same, now replaced by economically successful black characters. I think the very specific character, location and environment replication is deliberate.