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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Is Benson The Fresh Prince?

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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.

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  1. Hmmm never really thought of that, but yeah there does seem to be a ton of similarities.

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    1. Thanks Patt, i shall put more research in to it, might email the producers and writers with something cohesive and see if they reply.

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  2. I'm with Pat as I never thought of them that way but you're right.

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    1. Thanks Francis, i'll make it more cogent this week.

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