Conservative audiences want to see family shows like ‘Roseanne’ and ‘Last Man Standing’

David Becker, Staff Writer

With the premiere of the Roseanne revival TV series, drawing in 18 million viewers and 5.1 million in the 18-49 demographic, it seems as though America is wanting something different when it comes to television.

I believe one of the reasons why people watch TV is to get away from the world, but more so nowadays, watch something that takes off the bad news of the world such as the media having a fit about what Trumps says or tweets, another school shooting or God knows what.

However, one of the things that has been missing is a show that covers the other side. TV shows get political today, in my opinion, as some form of protest to the Trump presidency. As a result of this, almost all of ABC’s TV show ratings (scripted shows) faced double-digit ratings drops for the 2017-2018 television season.

So, what does this have to do with Last Man Standing? Well, Roseanne is a pro-Trump show and Last Man Standing was a pro-conservative type of show (until it was canceled in May 2017), Tim Allen and the youngest daughter being the ones displaying their conservative politics. The difference between this show and almost every other show on the network is that even though the show displays both sides of politics, Democrat and Republican, at the end of the day, everyone gets along and forgets about their differences and acts like a family. Because of that, there is no other show like that on television right now.

After the big Roseanne success ABC had last week, FOX, who owns the rights to Last Man Standing, has decided to look into bringing the show back. It would appear as though the network is looking into improving its current programming and try to get into that politically conservative market. After all, if the Oscars and Grammys have taught us anything over the past couple of years, the conservative audience have been the ones who have been truly forgotten during this time.

I am all for the show coming back because it was different. Shows like The Big Bang Theory primarily focus on “who is sleeping with who,” or at least in the early parts of the series. Modern Family has done episodes where they cover the Women’s March, along with the gay dads (not that there is anything wrong with that), they also made the oldest daughter, Hailey, bisexual this season. Overall, the quality of even some of the most popular shows on TV has gone downhill and is the primary reason I rarely ever watch TV. I honestly think people are tired of all of that politically correct, LGBT, diversity, “white people are evil,” we need socialism nonsense, and Last Man Standing is the only (network) show of its kind that does not produce that kind of image.

When it comes to Last Man Standing, once I finished seasons 1-5 on Netflix, I tuned in every single week to the newest episode of the show when it aired on ABC every Friday night. It was simply worth my time and something I wanted to watch and hear, whereas a lot of shows today are not worth my time.

People, especially young people, need to hear the other side. Good and popular shows like Last Man Standing will do that and still be a family friendly show.

During an interview on the Norm MacDonald podcast in 2017, Tim Allen said, “There is nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.”

For those who would still like to watch Last Man Standing, the show is available to watch on CMT, Freeform and KPTH FOX 44 (Sioux City FOX affiliate) for re-runs. It was also announced last week that the show re-runs will be shown on WGN America starting on May 2nd. The series is also available for streaming and on-demand on Hulu (seasons 1-6). Additionally, the show can be found on-demand on the Freeform app (requires TV provider login).