Unhappily, yea?

Sadly, No! is usually very funny, and the post I'm about to discuss is no exception. Being funny doesn't make it right though. Also, this post is from the beginning of last year, so I'm a little late in discussing it. But it was linked to from the front page today, so it's my first time seeing it.

In a discussion of the role of Howard Dean's wife, K-Lo from The Corner says, "I've actually thought more than once that one of the useful aspects of West Wing is to show how influential a political wife can be (i.e. not always for the good)--Bartlett’s is quite the activist when it comes to her issues, sometimes making him more radical than he would have been." Sadly, No! responds by coming up with absurd examples of what they learned about the real world from watching TV shows. For instance, I always thought one of the most useful aspects of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is to show that with sufficient intelligence and training, cats can master the intricacies of English grammar and be extremely funny at the same time." That's laugh out loud funny, but they also say that K-Lo can't tell the difference between fiction and reality and generally come up with other examples as if her point was laughably stupid. But of course, there are things you can learn about the real world by watching fictional television. In particular, the relationships between fictional characters can be very interesting and teach you things about the possible dynamics of relationships in the real world.

I think Carmela and Tony's relationship on the Sopranos can shed some light on many issues.
Josh and Donna's relationship on West Wing clearly makes some interesting comments on fear of committment, power imbalances, and a couple of other things.
On Gilmore Girls, Rory and Lorelai and Lorelai's mother can teach you real things about parent-child relationships and how difficult they are to maintain. There are many more examples.
I can't resist throwning out by attempt at absurd one though. I've actually thought more than once that one of the most useful aspects of The Simpsons is to show that people almost never remember what happened to them last week, and stay the same age forever.