Many different types of families exist in todays society, including nuclear families, blended families, single-parent families, live-in couples, integrated families, couplhoods, boomerang families, and commuter families (Gamble, p. 194). Each type involves different people: children, parents, step-family members, gay/lesbian partners, half siblings, etc. The kind that one of the most popular new-age family sitcoms zones in on is the blended family.

The Brady Bunch is a blended family because it contains two adults and children from one or both of the adults’ previous marriages (p. 194). Because there are so many children in the home, plenty of examples of the gender differences between boys and girls were displayed in each episode. Families are the main communication systems for the members and are interdependent. Depending on how traditional a family, they may ask male children to do more masculine chores such as mowing the lawn and taking out the trash and ask female children to do household chores. Blended families simply show how family types are evolving over time, which may lead to evolving gender roles. Since the Brady Bunch was one of the first blended families on television, however, gender roles are still evident.

Gamble, T. K., & Gamble, M. W. (2003). The Gender Communication Connection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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