Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
In Poland, TV sagas are the most popular programmes that focus the attention of millions of viewers every day. The quantitative and qualitative analysis of seven TV series (M jak miłość, Na dobre i na złe, Barwy szczęścia, Klan, Plebania, Samo życie, Na Wspólnej) leads to the conclusion that the notion of family in TV sagas is one of crucial values and constitutes the central element of the discourse. It is worth adding that particular family models take various positions in the discourse. The most prominent is nuclear family based on marriage. Non-normative family structures, such as mono-parental childless married couples as well as couples cohabiting are not actually stigmatised but usually hold less important place in the structure of the series. The discourse concerning family is limited inasmuch as in the series there are no “classical” family patchworks, polyamorous relationships, or LAT and DINKS relationships. In the series under scrutiny here there appear no transsexual families or lesbian relationships. I managed to identify just one homosexual family made up of gays. It is also significant to add that all the Polish series perpetuate stereotypes of non-normative sexuality and gender.
Keywords: non-normative family; TV series; discourse; gender; sexuality; ideology