Recent TV

By oldbuttercup Latest Reply 2011-02-13 15:48:47 -0600
Started 2011-02-10 07:17:17 -0600

I am a very big fan of old TV. I feel TV recently isn't what it used to be. More about that soon. The reason why I am bringing up recent TV is related directly to this sight.
Recently TV programs have put Diabetes into their story line. Here are a few examples.
Rissolli and Isles ( a cop show) featured an episode where one of the leads knew the victim was diabetic, because when she saw the victims fingers there was evidence of finger stick testing on all the victims fingers.
On the show Plainsight ( a show about witness protection) a characteter was worried about his sugar dropping when the lead hit him for his mean comments to her.
Also an episode of the cartoon Family Guy had one of the characters dianosed with diabetes. I did not like this episode because by the end of the episode the character was declared cured, not under control.
One of my favorite actresses is Mary Tyler Moore. She occaisionally still appears on TV (most recently on Hot in Cleveland) She is a type 1 diabetic for many years and is a spokeswomen for Juvenile Diabetes.
Do any of you have opinions of how diabetes is represented on television?
As always,
May God Bless You

24 replies

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-12 19:02:10 -0600 Report

I've been thinking about this since my last post and I remembered the first time I saw diabetes mentioned on TV. The first time I saw it was in a movie based on those old books "The Babysitters' Club", not sure how many of you will remember it as it might be too young for some of you.

In the movie one of the main characters has type 1 and she meets a boy but is too embarrassed about her condition to let him know. They end up going out on a long hike and she decides not to bring a snack or meds with her. Her mother and friends then grab everything and try to find her to give her the things she needs. They ended up arriving just in time for her to have a hypo and faint.

Back then I didn't even know there was more than one kind of diabetes and I never thought it would mean anything to me because I thought it was something you were born with only. Though I was only about 10 at the time.

roshy 2011-02-12 03:56:37 -0600 Report

thers the film Steel Magnolia's i think Julia Roberst stars in it. This was of course a very sad film but high lights some very importamt issues surrounding moral perceptions on the condition.

re1ndeer 2011-02-11 23:17:59 -0600 Report

Any one see Grey's Anatomy last night? They mentioned working on a cure for type 1 Diabetes. Doing clinic trials.

Pynetree 2011-02-12 11:01:34 -0600 Report

Grey's is one of the best shows on TV today…lots of interwoven personality traits, up to date plot lines, great scripts …and interesting, likeable characters.

Guardianstone 2011-02-11 18:30:40 -0600 Report

Good question. The first show I remember dealing with diabeties was Lassie. The shows with the park ranger. Loved it. Made me remember not everybody with a needle is a druggie. Pretty good for a kid. A bit of logic even then.
I wish they would show complications (not for the thrill seaker) and adults. More kids (not now) are usually portrayed as diabetic.
Type I is also covered nore often than type II.
Guardian stone

oldbuttercup 2011-02-12 18:41:12 -0600 Report

Lassie was one of my favorite shows on Sunday night on CBS sations in my viewing area. It came on before The Wonderful World of Disney. I agree with Pynetree your memory is remarkable! I do not remember the Lassie show dealing with diabetes. I do know that little Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) announced years ago that he is diabetic, and has been a wonderful spokesperson for diabetes.
Also very true type 2 is not as widely mentioned.
May God Bless You

MAYS 2011-02-11 15:01:12 -0600 Report

Television programs used to be focused on morals, and principles.
Now it consist mainly of comedy, and nonsense (vampires and werewolves?)!

But to each his\her own, variety is the spice of life, at least you have the option of either changing the channel, or turning the T.V. off.

I tend to watch a great deal of old black and white movies, especially love stories, and gangster films, maybe it's the classic look, the wardrobe, and the character of the males, something that is lacking in men today but incorporated into my lifestyle every since I was a child.

Makes me feel like a dinosaur at times.
(One with a great deal of class, character, and respect for women).


oldbuttercup 2011-02-12 18:49:05 -0600 Report

I grew up with 8 tv channels as a child. There was more quality television per week, than on the several hundred channels available now. I could go on for hours about the shows that I enjoyed from the '50s - the '70's.
I still tip my hat, stand up when a woman comes into the room, and hold the door open for them. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who has respect for women.
May God Bless You

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-11 10:14:26 -0600 Report

There is a show called Scrubs, I can't recall if they still make it or if it finally stopped production, where one of the main characters is a type 2 diabetic.

His name is Turk, they don't make it a major part of his character but they mention it from time to time, there id the episode where he is diagnosed because he had been feeling run down and going to the bathroom a lot but doesn't tell his wife so she keeps tempting him with sugary treats to force him to confess what she already knows. Once he does confess she reveals that she knew the whole time and joined a diabetic community to learn all sorts of recipes and ways to support him and his disease.

Then they have only random mentions of his disease, like the episode where he is trying to decide what kind of candy bar he wants to buy because he is allowed a single candy bar a year. And one episode where he uses his diabetes as an excuse to get his wife to bring him snacks by saying he felt his sugar was getting low.

It doesn't pay a lot of attention to his need for testing or diet changes but the first episode or so had at least a minimal amount of real facts in it.

PetiePal 2011-02-10 15:32:21 -0600 Report

I haven't noticed it yet in any shows I've watched, I'd like to see it featured more prevalent. How about a Glee character who gets low blood sugars?

The last movie I can think of that really featured it was the one with Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks…Nothing In Common. I remember his Dad at one point has horrible foot condition bc of his untreated Diabetes. Sobering look.

GabbyPA 2011-02-11 09:48:14 -0600 Report

Glee is one of the most forward thinking shows out there dealing with all kinds of issues in a more of an everyday scenario. I don't watch it a lot, but the few episodes I have seen I have been amazed and what they are willing to tackle.

Beerlilly 2011-02-10 15:10:08 -0600 Report

Just the other night there was an episode of Criminal Minds on and they had a women who abducted other women to use as life size dolls to replace the ones that her father took away from her when she was young. Anyways one of the victims was a diabetic, they didn't say which type but I think it was type 1. They talked about how having diabetes might save her life, after this women abducted her. Anyways, I'm going on a rant.
I thought it was nice to have it be in the show because it showed/gave light to other people that the disease is out there. TV might have a way of showing it in a weak light that its something to be laughed at but it puts it out in the publics eye to show that its a real disease.

CaliKo 2011-02-10 13:26:30 -0600 Report

I haven't really noticed much diabetes in the TV shows, but if it is there, it does get some conversations going and we can try to clear up misconceptions. I think its good that some of the stars talk about their diabetes, and become positive role models for walking the walk, doing what they should to take care of themselves. I miss some of the old shows, too. "That Girl" was one of my favs. Okay, I'm dating myself.

kdroberts 2011-02-10 09:54:51 -0600 Report

I wouldn't really worry about Family Guy. Among other things they have done a leg transplant for a disabled guy, cured a stroke in an hour with stem cells, have a man with two wooden legs and two wooden arms, have gone back in time, have gone into space, have an evil genius baby and a talking dog. I don't think too many people are going to think that the bit about diabetes is fact!

oldbuttercup 2011-02-10 12:56:56 -0600 Report

It's hard to tell from your posting if you like Family guy or not. I find some of the episodes emabarrising and foward for family viewing. My youngest is 18 but still I grew up a lot stricter.
as always,
May God Bless You

GabbyPA 2011-02-10 08:49:17 -0600 Report

I saw the Family Guy episode and also one on King of the Hill, and I have to say that they are kind of disappointing.

However.....getting it out there is part of it. Misinformation is rampant and I am sure what we understand about Leukemia or autism is generally based on news and TV shows like these. All chronic disease is hard to understand and complicated to explain to those who don't deal with it. Shoot, I deal with it and I have a hard time with is a lot of the time. But at least it is becoming known. It's up to us as individuals to iron out the misconceptions.

I would rather have it out there and then have to deal with people who know a little than know nothing. Yeah, sometimes it's aggravating when people say really stupid or thoughtless things because they think they know...but at least they are trying. I have to give them credit for that.

oldbuttercup 2011-02-10 13:06:58 -0600 Report

I think you expressed yourself very well.
Thanks for sharing.
I still like the golden age of television when one of the biggest problems on TV was when Beaver Cleaver had to learn to pay for the window he broke while playing baseball on his own street.
Beside we had doctor Joyce Brothers to give relationship advice, and Jack LaLane to encourage us to exercise.
Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
As always,
May God Bless You

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