In the 80’s and 90’s, the family sitcom
Ruled the roost. Sometimes the family
Was unconventional but always, always
Unshakably wholesome (see Blossom,
Full House, Family Matters, Who’s the Boss
For clarification), give or take an episode
About a girl addicted to diet pills,
Or the distant threat of a divorce,
or vague concerns of unemployment solved
within thirty minutes, a swiftly-passing storm.
Where have those shows gone?
In their place, doctors and nurses solve
Medical mysteries, fool around in elevators,
And detectives luxuriate in the weird clues
That spell out murder (breakfast cereal +
Snowshoe + fingernail clipping=the girlfriend).