The Dinette Set is an in depth study of banality and entitlement within American Middle Class Culture. From small towns, to sprawling Suburbia to major cities, an inane, repetitive lifestyle persists and is growing. The Dinette Set takes a wryly brutal aim at the world of mindless consumerism and the mentality that fosters it. The Dinette satirizes middle class culture, incorporating thought provoking observations of the human condition that viewers will instantly identify with. The little notes to self that inhabit the backgrounds via t-shirts, kitchen chalk boards and coffee mugs are priceless.
The Pennys and their friends are a group of frustrating, banal, yet loving cast of characters who can be stereotyped as an odd mix of hyper-realistic folks who squeeze the life out of the American dream. Observing their daily lives always delivers some scene that we’ve either experienced, seen, or overheard that strikes a deafening chord. The Dinette Set generation has captured the hearts of all those who have now found solace knowing they are not suffering alone living amongst the Pennys. They live next door to the Pennys, work beside them, dine out next to them, and share the aisles in stores with them. We no longer cringe at their slaughter of the English language and basic social graces; instead we embrace their foolishness, reveling in a therapeutic theater of The Dinette Setters’ honest foibles.
An article by Michelle Holmes in Indiana’s Post-Tribune says “It took Charles Dickens 4,678 pages to sum up the human condition. Juli￼￼e Larson do￼es it in a 3-￼inch square.