Did TV change American Families?

Topics: Television, Family, Television program Pages: 3 (1123 words) Published: December 3, 2013
Name: Junique Wright
Date: 11-11-2013
Block: 3

Did TV change American families or Did America change TV families?

During the 1950’s commonly known TV shows like “Leave It To Beaver” depicted the perfect American household: White, suburban, breadwinning father, homemaking mother and their kids also known as, Family. Today “traditional” families have drastically changed and in accordance, so have television families. TV changed in order to stay current and gain/ maintain audience(s). In today’s society we have more working mothers, Gay parents and divorced couples than ever before and the percentages are rising every day. In the popular TV show Happily Divorced (which is about a woman married for 18 years then becoming a best friend to her husband who she just found out was gay), audiences see people living happily and not as rare and dysfunctional as that household would have seemed back then. How did America change so drastically? When did it become “OK” to be gay or divorced? America became modernized and consequently so did TV shows in order to stay current and maintain or even gain audience’s attention. In today’s world being gay, divorced or a working mother is viewed as normal but back in the 1950’s stereotypes were influential therefore such acts were viewed as abominable. Even today judgments are still being passed by the majority on how society should be run. In today’s modern world the media has a great effect on not only how people live their lives but how they communicate, react, feel and think about things and each other. For example in the movie Secondhand Lions, Walter asked to go watch TV and Garth’s response was “Ain’t got none”(IMDB.com), so in a case like this Walter had no choice but to adapt to the new society; and without television he had to resort to what was natural; what he knew prior and what he thought was right. Just by that example we can tell TV has a great impact on an individual’s viewpoint and if 1 million...
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