Representation of men and women in TV, 1950-2000

by taniacdc on October 15, 2017 - 7:55pm

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

Fathers Knows Best, The Andy Griffin Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

2. What was unique about the Archie character in All In The Family? (NOTE: this show aired from 1971-1979)

Men, at that time, usually had everything under control (because they had help from their wife at home) and were worshiped by everyone in the family. What was unique with Archie is that he was constantly losing control of his house (his wife didn't help much, she was a bit slow), he was afraid of progress, and, for once, had real human behaviours. Also, he wasn't worshiped by his family, not in my opinion anyway. They all laughed at him went he did or said things that were out of place. Another thing that is unique about him is that he was openly racist on TV, and it was a subject people were afraid to talk about at that time.

3. dentify 3 television shows to identify how women/moms/wives have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000)


I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Roseanne.


4. How was  the “ideal” woman represented over time in TV; and, how and why did the representation change?

An ideal woman, at that time, was independant, fearless, wife/mother material, beautiful, sexy and funny. Over time, the representation of the ideal woman changed because of shows like Roseanne. She wasn't the skinny fearless woman anymore. She had problems with work and family, and she was overweight. But she was still funny and independant. Even though she had problems at home and work, she was still able to balance the two and be a good wife/mother.


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