Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin, and Black-ish: Intersectionality and Mother-Daughter Relationships on Network Television

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This thesis focuses on how mother-daughter relationships are presented in television media. Through the textual analysis of the television shows Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Jane the Virgin, and Black-ish, it is determined that through an intersectional lens modern day television has significantly improved in more positive representations of mother-daughter relationships, although there still exists stereotypes and ideological factors based on race and class within these relationships. The analysis was done by examining cases of racial representation in terms of economics, location, and gender norms. The mother-daughter relationships were examined through the topics of disagreements as well as topics of delight between the mother and daughter characters. Each of these television shows are critically acclaimed and popular, therefore they provide a good selection when examining modern day television media.


Alexis Romero Walker received her Bachelors of Arts from Brigham Young University in Media Arts with a minor in Theatre Arts and is currently attending Sacred Heart University to receive her Masters of Arts in Media Literacy.