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The two shows The Middle and Full House each has episodes that focus on adults going back to school. The focus is on one of the main protagonists of each show, in The Middle it is Frankie Heck that goes back to school and in Full House it is Jesse that returns to high school. It attempts to sensitize the audience’s view of adults returning to school; to improve their quality of life as seen in The Middle, and to change one’s life from a decision made in the past that he/she regretted as seen in Full House. In these episodes we see ideologies, setting, debunking of stereotypes, cultural values, universal values and non-verbal communication being utilized in order to effectively send their respective messages to the audience. The Middle is a sitcom that presents a nuclear family, Frankie. She assumes more leadership roles, pertaining to the children than the father, Mike Heck, and he steps in when necessary. They are an average family in Indiana. She is the mother to Axl , Sue and Brick, all of whom makes her duty as a mother a challenging yet fulfilling one. Full House is sitcom that presents an extended family household. It is not the traditional family structure since the mother is absent, she passed away, and the children, DJ, Stephanie and Michelle, are being raised by their father, Danny Tanner, his best friend, Joey Gladstone his brother in law, Jesse Katsopolis and his brother in law’s wife, Becky Katsopolis. The men have to assume both parental roles. Over time, the three men as well as the children bond and become closer to one another. The Middle revolves around a family in the 21st century where as Full House is about a family in the 80’s. The Middle is set in a state called Indiana, it’s the least expensive state as compared to the location in which Full House was set, San Francisco. This may be because The Middle is about a middle income family, living in a mid-sized city in the American midwest state. However San Francisco is a cultural and...
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