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Yesterday's TV, Today's Economy


How would the characters of these classic TV shows survive the job, media and real estate markets of 2011?

Television may present a distorted view of reality, but it can be a handy reference when we want to wax nostalgic. Remember when we never feared that Roseanne would be able to find a job, any job? In recent years, she'd more likely have joined the "99ers." And wasn't it just yesterday that the real life Sopranos were still at large? That's all changed.

Using television as a rear-view mirror, we decided to look back at some favorite shows of the 1990s to see how their characters would have fared in today's economy. Would Rachel of Friends be earning enough to afford her apartment? Would Carrie of Sex and the City have moved seamlessly into this intense, social media-driven digital era? Click on an image below to start reading.

(And click here to see our first iteration of "Yesterday's TV, Today's Economy.")

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