In case you’re in the dark on this: Pregnancies as shown on scripted TV are pretty dumb. They just don’t play out the way they do in real life … pretty much all the time. And a few recent episodes led me to need to talk about that a lot.
- According to TV, every pregnant lady craves weird food.
- A really dumb pregnancy episode on “Warehouse 13”
- “Modern Family” and its pregnancy storyline, especially as related to pregnancy brain
- “I Love Lucy” as the standard-setter for how pregnant women are shown in sitcoms
- How labor progresses on TV vs. real life
- “Mad About You” and its pregnancy story
- Morning sickness as the key indicator of pregnancy on TV
- Pregnancy as a source of bad writing on TV
- “Up All Night”
- “Grey’s Anatomy” and its one-episode Kepner pregnancy art
- The “My Biological Clock is Ticking” trope
- “New Girl” and its biological clock thing
- TV tropes of people who have tried to get pregnant for a long time
- Friend rivals seeing who can get pregnant first on TV
- How delivery always happens the same way on TV
- Laboring Under an Illusion
- The episode where Lucy tells Ricky she’s pregnant
- “The Mindy Project” and “The Cosby Show” and their OB/GYN characters
- A favorite birth scene for me “Northern Exposure”
- Holly’s contribution: “Home Movies” (of course) and the episode “Coffins & Cradles”
- Listener mail! From Ed, discussing our episode on gender segregation
- Episode link: TV Pregnancy: Why so stupid?
- Morris, Theresa. “Media Representations of Pregnancy and Childbirth: An Analysis of Reality Television Programs in the United States.” Birth: Issues in Prenatal Care. June 2010.
- Tropp, Laura. “‘‘Faking a Sonogram’’: Representations of Motherhood on Sex and the City.” The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 39, No. 5, 2006
- Young, Diony, “Childbirth Education, the Internet, and Reality Television: Challenges Ahead.” Birth: Issues in Prenatal Care. June 2010.