This episode of Postmodern Sitcom talks about stereotypes around ability in 1980s television sitcoms and how that content affects Generation X’s opinions today. Ability shows up more often than in television of the 1980s. However, it is still not enough. I share some data about ability and disability on current television shows, then my guest and I watch 80s hit show Facts of Life and talk about ways ability is portrayed. Of course, we get into Blair’s cousin Geri and her cerebral palsy. We also discuss other areas of ability and stereotypes that are not so obvious in 1980s television.
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