It’s no shock at how liberal television has become. With programming that decisively undermines the family, it’s incredible that “ABC Family” had the gall to keep their name for so long. They finally changed it to “Freeform” at the beginning of 2016. “Friends” in the 1990s acted like random sex with strangers was actually pretty cool, normalizing that kind of self-destructive behavior. The only one of the “Friends” who had issues with it, Chandler, was constantly ridiculed and shamed because he had fewer “notches” than everyone else.
But, as it turns out, there’s still a market for shows that promote Conservative values. There’s a contingent of viewers out there that dislikes Hillary, hates Obamacare, and abhores big government. And yet there are few shows that cater to that audience.
One that does is Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.” Premiering in 2011, it quickly became a success story. Tim Allen was reluctant to return to TV after his big hit previously with “Home Improvement.” But, he was talked into it.
He insisted on having more comedic freedom. Tim Allen, the professing Christian who has admitted that it is difficult being a Conservative in Hollywood, let loose with his creativity, producing great results: a politically offensive show to liberals that consistently brings the laughs.
The recent season 6 finale inserted several jabs at the left. For example, Mike Baxter, played by Tim Allen, told his daughter that there’s just one book we need to read word-for-word. His daughter guessed he must be talking about the Bible.
Mike corrected her: “The Federal Tax Code because there is no statute of limitations and they will chase you down.”
It’s so successful that even the producers have to admit that it’s profitable writing smart shows that target Conservatives. Here’s what one liberal producer had to say:
Tim Doyle (showrunner/EP, seasons two through four): “Tim and I started arguing about politics because I’m a huge lefty. I thought, ‘Let’s give Mike Baxter opinions that relate to the real world.’ We wanted to play on the Mitt Romney dog on the car incident by joking that’s how Obama transports Joe Biden. ABC’s standards department said, ‘That is unacceptable to disrespect the vice president.’ There was tons of stuff like that.”
Another media big wig admitted that Conservative shows are profitable:
Dana Walden (Fox TV Group chairman and CEO): “That right-leaning, committed to their point of view character? Not really anywhere else on television. It was an underrepresented voice, particularly on broadcast networks. Strategically, that’s who we’re trying to appeal to, the underserved right-leaning audience. But it started organically with the fundamental bones of who Tim’s character is.”
And it’s liberals who are writing the jokes.
Tim Allen gave an interview in 2016 about the show’s success. He confessed that the liberals writing the scripts know Tim better than he knows himself:
How much is playing this right-leaning character an outlet for you to express your own political views?
It’s getting more and more comfortable. These guys know me so well that they’re writing stuff that is exactly what I would’ve said. It’s a marvelous thing when you have liberal people writing for [a show like this].
That’s the beauty of the free market. The free market puts the consumers in charge because the consumers possess the most marketable commodity: money. Producers are competing with each other over who’s going to get your money. To get your money, they have to serve you better than the other guy.
To get paid, the liberal writers have to write smart, funny Conservative jokes. If they protest and complain because it’s against their ideology, then they’re fired. Someone else will come in and write those jokes for them.
If they want to get paid, they had better write good jokes that make Conservatives laugh. The liberal writers have to swallow their pride and serve their Conservative viewers.
And they can’t be too angry about it, because they’re getting paid to write, which is what they love to do. We get good laughs, which is what we want. Everybody wins.