TV Guide to 5 Series That Showcase Average Americans

For a family struggling with finances and scraping to get by one of the hardest things is to turn on the television and watch all of the glitzy stars of Hollywood parade around in their impossibly expensive clothes going on impossibly expensive vacations. I always prefer watching shows

that have to do with average families or twenty-somethings struggling to find a job because I can relate to the triumphs and fails of their stories.

If you’re like me and you like to tune into shows that boost your financial-self-esteem instead of bringing out down check out the following shows that are on everyone’s radar this season:

Family Tools

family-toolsThere is nothing more typical middle-class America than a son taking over his father’s family business—unless of course you are a Walton son or something, but most of us are not. ABC’s new show Family Tools follows the story of a man named Jack who has had nothing but bad luck when it comes to his life and career. When his father Tony has a heart attack Jack takes the reins of the family handyman business. This new comedy will surely show the ups and downs of middle-class American family life and is definitely something that you should look out for come the series premiere on May 1st!


How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)


Moving back in with the parents has been a common theme for young Americans since the start of the recession. How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) is also new to ABC this season, and will follow the story of Polly—a recent divorcee and mother who has to move back in with her parents to get her life and finances in order. The series premieres on April 3rd and is sure to shed a humorous light on a depressing situation that those of us who have been hit hardest by the recession have to deal with every day.

2 Broke Girls

2 Broke Girls is an already very successful CBS sitcom about two twenty-somethings living and working together at a diner in New York City. Both of the girls are completely broke, but working hard and saving money for their dream of opening a cupcake shop in the city. In the meantime, they have to deal with cramped living situations, roommate problems, bosses, men, and scraping pennies together.




photo (1)Girls was without a doubt one of the most popular new TV shows to premier last season, and its success had a lot to do with the fact that the characters’ stories hit so close to home for many of us. Hannah is a twenty-something recent college graduate trying to make herself a career as a writer. In the first episode—much to her surprise—Hannah’s parents cut her off, leaving her to fend for herself in New York City. She struggles to make rent, has friend problems, tries to find work, and has a slew of awkward relationships. Girls has been praised for its great representation of the struggles that face recent graduates during the recession. I definitely recommend checking out the second season if you’re not already hooked after the first.

Read more:  Income, Savings and Opportunities: A Look at Lingering African-American Money Issues

Mike & Molly

Finally, a TV show that features average characters who are not impossibly skinny! Mike & Molly is about a middle-class overweight couple who met in an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Mike is a police officer and Molly is a teacher, making them the quintessential working class American family just trying to get by in the Windy City. Mike & Molly airs Mondays on CBS.

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