You can try to trash Dan all you want, but I am a proud, unashamed fan of his shows. Until I discovered Nick and Disney live action shows, I had just about given up on television except for documentary and science networks. The very shows you probably watch are the ones that sicken me to the point that I want to throw the television out the window. There is an unbridled cascade of sexual innuendo if not overt
nudity, off color jokes aimed at junior high boys in the boys room, every
alternative lifestyle celebrated while traditional families and religion are
I have been on the set of a Dan Schneider production, and witnessed first hand how much he and his production people care about not offending people of faith. The care taken to avoid bad camera angles that might put young ladies in sexualized context is amazing. I had the chance to thank Mr. Schneider personally for producing such excellent television, that adults can watch and enjoy along with their kids. Or even on their own. There is plenty of REAL adult content there, I have seen literary devices used in Dan Schneider productions - imagery, metaphor, irony, symbolism. That is one reason why adults are watching these shows, and in massive - ever increasing numbers.
I do not want to see boobs jiggling - I want to see good, clean family entertainment. Nick and and Disney shows are much like they had in the 60's. Nobody is in bed (hey baby
wanna breed), nobody is drunk, nobody is on drugs, nobody has a bad "world owes
me a living" attitude, nobody saying the same two dozen profanities over and
over and over again. Instead - Nick and Disney show families and good kids in a positive light - something for young people to aspire to. One Disney show called Good Luck Charlie has a husband and a wife - in a long term marriage and committed to the family and their kids, normal activities, normal people. There is still enough room for
some really creative, funny plot lines that are NOT about bodily fluids or
sexual behavior. Similarly, Dan Schneider's shows like Drake and Josh have a husband and wife - in a committed relationship, making a new blended family work. These shows would have been on the regular networks and won Emmys in the 60's. When you think about it - many 60's sitcoms were about kids or had kids as the main character - Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, Patty Duke. Now - good, clean family shows are pigeonholed as "kids stuff" because butts and boobs aren't flopping around all over the place, etc.
Your criticism of Mr. Schneider is unwarranted and inappropriate - he is producing some of the most creative programs on television, and some of the cleanest - yet humor and depth of content are definitely there, and a pleasure to watch.
By Toby Sells
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