Everybody Hates Chris: Reflection of Family to Society

Introduction

The sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris, is a television show released in 2005 that recounts the childhood of modern-day comedian, Chris Rock. Everybody Hates Chris depicts interactions between an adolescent Chris Rock and his working middle-class family, struggling to make ends meet in a tough Brooklyn, NY neighborhood. Although Chris Rock’s depiction of his early life is comedic in nature, the comedian includes valuable life lessons and familial normality throughout the show’s four seasons. Despite the Rock family acting no different than others of the time, Chris’ family experienced both racial and social discrimination, which is depicted through Chris’ encounters with police and other authoritative figures. The purpose of this site is to analyze both the positive family lessons reflected to its audience and also look into the difference between how the Rock family acts and how they are perceived by society.

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