Representation of Men and Women in Television (1950-2000)

by India-Lynn on October 15, 2017 - 11:57pm

Identify 3 television shows to explain how men/dads/husbands have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000)

1. Father Knows Best

2. Everybody Hates Chris

3. Breaking Bad


What was unique about the Archie character in All In The Family?

Archie Bunker challenged the "typical" male achetype portrayed in TV since the beginning. Archie was lazy, rude, and behaved with normal human attributes. He was not the perfect father who ran the household and knew all the answers. He was a relateable character to the audience not only for the previously stated reasons, but also because he held many of the same fears and bigoted views of those from his generation.


Identify 3 television shows to identify how women have been depicted since the early days of TV 

1. I Love Lucy

2. Roseanne

3. The Good Wife


How was the "ideal" women represented over time in TV, and how/why did it change?

The Ideal Woman was represented as slim, happy, polite, and always there for her husband. Overtime, women in TV became more independant, with women being shown to have jobs and be unmarried and independant, much the main character in Mary Tyler Moore. The physical representation of women also changed, from women always being perfectly made up and having the ideal hourglass body shape, to real looking women with body fat and a larger size, such as Rosanne in Rosanne. These changes happened in TV because women wanted to see a more accurate representation of themselves, this representation reflecting how they are mentally and physically in reality.

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