Coming to a TV near you: Trump’s America

Still, there are some shows that try to tackle working- and middle-class themes or incorporate more rural settings, such as “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs” and “Fresh Off The Boat.” Netflix’s big hit, “Stranger Things,” was set in a small Indiana town.

The creators of “The Middle,” Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, conceived of the family comedy as a way to represent American middle-class life, similar to their Midwestern childhoods — something that they didn’t feel existed on TV at the time.

The show’s Heck family lives paycheck to paycheck. The father works in a quarry in Indiana and they were relieved when they were classified as “poor” enough to qualify for financial aid.

In crafting the plots, the creators said they wanted to simply write the show from the perspective of the family’s everyday struggles.

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