Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ Talk About God

posted by Nell Minow

Religion and faith have been off limits on most scripted television shows, even those with characters who were members of the clergy. Christmas episodes are generally about Santa Claus and family, not about worship. So it was a very welcome surprise to see episodes of “Glee” and “Modern Family” that engaged in an entertaining but very real way with issues of belief. In “Glee,” the burn on a grilled cheese sandwich looked to Finn like Jesus. And when Kurt’s father was in a coma, other characters had a chance to explain what they believed as they tried to support him and he explained why he does not believe in God. On “Modern Family,” Jay and his new wife Gloria argue because she wants him to come with her to church and he wants to play golf. In the middle is her son, who gets very rattled by uncertainty over who and what to believe. Both episodes are available on Hulu.
I hope families use these programs to begin a discussion of what they believe, why they believe it, and how that compares to family and friends. Maybe then the next survey on our religious knowledge will produce some higher scores.

  • http://www.TheSanta.im Santa Claus

    I, too, am happy to see that worship is being addressed on mainstream television series. My legal name is Santa Claus, and I’m a full-time volunteer advocate for millions of vulnerable children. I’m also a Christian Monk and Bishop, as St. Nicholas was many centuries ago. When I read about folks who are concerned about a perceived conflict between Santa and Christ at Christmas-time, I write to express my view that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, not the crass, commercial, secular spectacle it has become in many places, and that the greatest gift one can give is love, not presents. I would like to see Santa express those beliefs on television these days. I appreciate the sentiments embodied in the original “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Carol” (1951), and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Blessings to all, Santa Claus (The Rt. Rev. Santa Claus, OAC)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thank you, Santa!

Previous Posts

Behind the Scenes: Jurassic World
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EEmOyR33-Uk" frameborder="0"] Here's a great sneak peek inside "Jurassic World," coming to theaters on June 12, 2015. ...

posted 4:10:08pm May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Tribute: Anne Meara
Today we mourn the loss of actress/comedian Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of actor/director Ben Stiller. Stiller and Meara were a comedy team who appeared frequently on the Ed Sullivan show. Their humor often focused on their ...

posted 1:25:55pm May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

History of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -- Arlington National Cemetery
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM5bVX-yd-c[/youtube] ...

posted 12:00:26pm May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Memorial Day 2015
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yQFvZsN43A[/youtube] ...

posted 6:00:55am May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Tonight on PBS: Memorial Day Concert
On the eve of Memorial Day, PBS will broadcast a star-studded lineup for the annual Memorial Day concert and tribute to the military. For over 25 years, this multiple-award-winning television event has honored the military service and sacrifice ...

posted 12:00:37pm May. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.