Now that we’ve finally found out why the hell Shane (Jake Lacy) looked so dark at the airport in the opening scene of The white lotus, it’s time to say goodbye to these characters we’ve been following for six weeks. One of the strengths of Mike WhiteHBO’s limited series (now an anthology) was undoubtedly the portrayal of how people who work in the service industry have to endure outbursts and slurs from customers who, as we all know , are not always right. And while it’s not a new take, it’s important to remember this once in a while.
Watching stories about “helping” can be eye-opening in a way that makes us question our behavior and the way we deal with people who in no way should be seen as inferior. So if you want to see more shows that describe these types of relationships, how they affect everyone involved, and have a good time watching, call the supervisor because this list is for you.
sneaky young ladies
After delivering 180 episodes of Desperate housewives, who did a great job debunking the myth of the perfect wife and mother, designer and showrunner Marc Cherry was not done. In fact, he had a lot more to say, which is why his next project, sneaky young ladies, can be considered as a spiritual sequel to Desperate housewives.
Throughout its four seasons, sneaky young ladies told the story of Marisol (Anna ortiz), Rosie (Dania Ramírez), Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez) and Zoila (Judy Reyes), four maids who work in the homes of the rich and powerful in Beverly Hills. Even if the central scenario, just like Desperate housewives, was a murder mystery, it was linked to the way Latinx workers are viewed by their bosses.
sneaky young ladies is excellent for showing how widespread racism towards BIPOCs is and how white people tend to expect all of these people to be stereotyped. One of the biggest examples is Marisol, a maid who makes her bosses uncomfortable because she can speak perfect English without an accent. Television has changed a lot since then (it aired between 2013 and 2016), but Cherry’s satire still rings true.
Even if this Jullian fellowes series depicts a completely different era (the story begins in 1912), Downton abbey Perfectly exemplifies the kind of dynamic that was established by the elite centuries ago and has shaped what is expected of servants to this day.
In turn-of-the-century England and many other countries as well, the wealthy simply did not believe that helper had a right to their privacy, which is why the concept of home servants was a thing. Said both through the eyes of domestic workers and their bosses, Downton abbey did a great job of showing that while you could get lucky and work in a “nice” home, there were always downsides. The master’s attitude could get out of hand if, say, he was having a bad day and the milk was served cold.
Luckily for the series, the cast of the ensemble work perfectly together, which lends a clearer tone to much of what’s going on inside Downton’s walls. But we often get bitter reminders of how unfair life was for most employees back then and the sad prospect that there was little they could do to change it without horrific consequences.
A more modern take on the service industry that further illustrates how stressful life can be for people who work in this field is the NBC sitcom. Hypermarket. Created by Justin spitzer (Office), it follows the routine of a group of workers in a megastore called Cloud 9. Due to its sitcom-y nature, Hypermarket uses humor to highlight the absurdity of situations floor workers, cashiers and store managers have to endure when helping customers who think they have everything they want because they are customers paying.
On top of that, the show also criticizes how a company can dehumanize individuals under the guise of saying things like “all employees are one” and “we are a family”. One of the show’s common jokes is how that family motto goes out the window when the business feels like you’re putting your best interests ahead of the business, like when Cheyenne (Nicolas sakura) goes into work on the job because the company does not offer paid maternity leave. Store Manager Glenn (Marc McKinney) must then simulate a suspension with pay so that the girl can stay at home with her newborn baby for six weeks.
Ephemeral but widely appreciated, To party was an exercise that the creators Jean Enbom, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd did by imagining what it would be like if members of a restaurant service just didn’t care. In the story, the characters knew it was just a job and weren’t afraid of being fired – and seeing them having fun drove whoever hired them for a gig crazy.
Often a job in the service industry is exactly what it is: a job. Something you pick up on your way to a job that you really want, and a way to pay the bills and stay afloat while you struggle. Workers in the service industry are so undervalued and humiliated with low wages it’s a surprise we don’t get To partyers everywhere more frequently.
Another show of The white lotus‘creator Mike White, Enlightened shows a rebirth of character in many ways. In the story, Amy (Laura Dern) goes to a wellness center to “work on her nerves” after having a scene in the workplace. Once she is completely reformed, she returns to work to find that she has been demoted to the lowest sector of the business, calculating numbers in an underground facility she has never even heard of.
The constant theme of Enlightened is Amy’s quest to rise above all that is bad and try to stay positive despite these things. It becomes especially difficult when she finds out that the company she has devoted 15 years of her life to is developing a system that tracks lower-ranked employees and finds ways to make them work more while paying them less.
What Amy comes to realize is that you can’t be a better person if you turn a blind eye to the injustices designed by big business to crush every ounce of dignity of people who just want to have stable jobs and success. free time to enjoy life.
Small fires everywhere
A different look at “help” but still just as valid, Small fires everywhere This is the cynicism involved when a person acts as if they have their employee’s best interests at heart when in fact all they want is to feel better about themselves. It starts when Elena (Reese witherspoon) provides Mia (Kerry Washington) with housing and a job to have extra money as soon as the black woman arrives in Shaker Heights, a city populated by the wealthy.
In her head, Elena is doing Mia a great favor, when in fact nothing she offers is free. Literally, because Mia still has to pay rent, and figuratively because when she agrees to work as Elena’s maid, she has to clean up after her daughter Pearl’s (Lexi underwood) new school friends. This happens while Pearl herself is in the mansion as a guest of the family, which makes Mia feel humiliated to be seen as “the helper” by her own child.
This is a very common type of situation between bosses and employees, where bosses feel that a worker should be grateful for having a job when in fact doing the job himself and doing proof of engagement shows more than sufficient appreciation. In the case of Small fires everywhere, the situation is further complicated by race: Elena sees in Mia an opportunity to tell herself that she is not racist by doing the minimum, that is to say showing kindness and empathy towards another person, rather than extending a helping hand just to use it as leverage on future opportunities.
To be yourself while doing a service is almost a revolutionary act. In any type of position in the service industry, the helper is expected to ‘behave’, never take her turn, keep her opinions to herself, and become invisible when not needed. . Not complying with these rules is exactly what makes Fran Fine (Fran drescher) Great. All along The nanny, Fran refused to be treated like crap and accepted nothing less than respect from his boss and wealthy visitors.
In the story, it turns out that Fran becomes the nanny of a wealthy family because she was unemployed and, because she didn’t know the job etiquette, she just acted like herself and ended up winning the respect (and later the heart) of his boss and the children.
Although The nanny and many other shows on this list are steeped in comedy, they all emphasize the same message. Being in the service industry doesn’t make a person less worthy of respect. And, as a customer, you shouldn’t expect these workers to take care of all your needs – especially when you consider that they are overworked, underpaid, and have to take the crap out of it. everyone day after day.
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