What if Television Really Reflected Life with HIV/AIDS?
On a recent episode of HBO's Sex in the City, the "slutty" one of the four leads -- Samantha, as played by actress Kim Cattrall -- finally gets the HIV test she's been putting off for years. The show dramatizes the anxiety of the waiting period although, of course, she tests negative and that's it -- prime time television isn't too interested in pursuing AIDS topic these days. But what if it were? Here are what some familiar TV shows might look like if they really reflected life with HIV/AIDS.
Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC: Sunday Night Movie: Laverne & Shirley -- The Reunion
Television's favorite same-sex couple reminisce about their 50 years together during a two-day roadtrip from Wisconsin to Vermont, where they plan to have a civil union ceremony. The pair recall how they finally came out to each other in 1969, just after Stonewall. The show's trademark slapstick comedy hits a new high during a flashback in which Laverne attempts to breathe fire during a Lesbian Avengers' rally in 1994. On a more somber note, Shirley recalls their gay friends Lenny and Squiggy, who died of AIDS in the late 1980s but not before founding ACT UP/Milwaukee.
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