Representation of men and women in TV, 1950-2000

by bentam on October 15, 2017 - 3:21pm

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

1. Big Love

2. All In The Family

3. Modern Family


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

Archie has an attitude which is defined by his discrimination towards other individuals such as blacks (In this case, it was Sammy Davis Jr). For example, If I remember correctly, Archie didn't like "other" individuals in the episode with Davis Jr but when he found out Sammy left his briefcase in the taxi cab, he tries to be on his best behaviour to get a good first impression on Davis Jr but ends up being himself. He depicts himself as a hard-working and loving father, and overall a decent man. 


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

1. I Love Lucy

2. Grey's Anatomy

3. Mary Tyler Moore


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

Society/TV portrayed women in a ngeative way because they had to be seen as "perfect" figures like they had to have the looks and had to be "housewife material". Many of them were seen working in houses and not employed like men. They were shadowed by their husbands because they had more power than the average women back then. As time went by, more women were starting to make appearances in the workforce on television and became more inependent. And they were also ranked up in higher positions in the workforce. In addition, they sort of discriminated oversized women. For example, some companies did not agree to put out TV shows that had a fat woman as the main character because that was not the "ideal" portrayal they were trying to show the audience. 







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