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Making Care Pop: What We See and Don’t See About Caregiving on TV

Caring Across Generations partnered with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to conduct a content analysis of the representation of care, especially aging and disability care, in scripted television programs from 2021. Our key findings reveal:

Based on these findings, we make the following recommendations to television writers, showrunners, producers, and other creatives when it comes to developing new storylines:

  1. Make home-based aging and disability care more visible.
  2. Tell more diverse care stories.
  3. Show characters experiencing common care challenges.
  4. Show more caregiving activities.
  5. Model caregiving aspirations.
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