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'Growing Up Fisher' puts life as a blind person in the spotlight

A new mid-season sitcom featuring a man, who happens to be blind, and his family made its debut Sunday night on NBC.

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"Growing Up Fisher" debuts at its new time slot Tuesday at 9:30 on NBC.
Photo: NBC Universal

A sneak peek of Growing Up Fisher aired at 10:30 p.m. EST Sunday night after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. The sitcom depicts the trials and tribulations of Mel Fisher's (J.K. Simmons) determination to lead a normal life with his family in spite of his blindness.

In the day and age of political correctness, some might question whether it's socially acceptable to laugh at awkward situations that blindness sometimes creates. What viewers need to keep in mind is that this show was created by D.J. Nash, a man whose father happens to be blind. Nash says:

I didn’t write a story and say, ‘Hey, what’s the hook? What if he were blind?’ I’m recounting my experience. I met the most amazing man of my life when I was four-and-a-half minutes old. It’s the story of how my father fathered me and how it’s affected the way I am as a dad.

The show also sparked a debate on the Facebook page of the Foundation Fighting Blindness about how Mel Fisher has been portrayed so far. Some people voiced their concerns about how Fisher sometimes tried to hide his blindness, while others viewed it as an acceptable way of coping with blindness.

What do you think? How do you feel about Mel Fisher so far?

The show next airs in its regular time slot Tuesday at 9:30 on NBC.

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