How 1950 Television Programs Depicted Family Life

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In the struggle for women's rights which stems well over a century, some women made great strides in changing the social mores of the day. The plight of the poor is an ongoing topic in women’s issues and women’s rights. I will now provide a brief history of feminism. We will now look at the media in the 1950s and its portrayal of women.

Television of the 1950s sent a direct message to all women - continued

The women of the 1950s had just survived the second world war and was instrumental in the war effort. They replaced the men in factories and worked to support the troops at home. Even though they proved themselves in all areas, the 1950s reverted back to the old ways.

Television of the 1950's sent a direct message to all women .The sitcoms of the 1950s was influential in how they portrayed women and children and how they impacted on everyday society.

Father Knows Best - 1954 - 1958

Father Knows Best - 1954 - 1958

Father Knows Best was one of my favorite childhood TV show; second only to Lassie. Ir wished I lived in that family. Robert Young played Bill Anderson, and he was the all knowing all wise father who always was fair and always had all the right answers. He was the head of household and he had the last word on what was to happen in his household. T

I wished she had a father like Mr. Anderson; heck I wished I had a father. Instead I was a little girl rejected by both my parents and living with my grandmother. I just did not have a family, at least not according to the TV families of the 1950's.

TV families had good mothers, good fathers, and good kids. There were no fights and arguments that lasted beyond the sitcom episode; everything was always perfectly worked out and life went on like nothing ever happened at all.

It was a hard role model for any American or Canadian family to follow. Yet, we never questioned those values back then, we just saw our families as lacking. Why were we not like the Andersons? What was wrong with our family?

The term dysfunctional family had not yet popped up in the average American/Canadian vernacular.

Leave it to Beaver - 1957 - 1963

Leave it to Beaver - 1957 - 1963

Leave it to Beaver was another post war family series and the only show of its day to air behind the iron curtain. June Cleaver again, was the perfect mom, and Ward Cleaver the perfect dad, so perfect he wore a suit to the dinner table at all times. On the other hand, this series was a little ahead of its time. It actually had a seven-year-old boy, Beaver who acted like a seven year kid getting himself into trouble - oh what a concept!

La Famille Plouffe
was Société Radio-Canada response to provide television sitcoms for French Canada. The popularity of the La Famille Plouffe ran in both languages until 1959. It returned as a min series in the 1980's.

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author avatar Retired
23rd May 2015 (#)

Yes, while women called WASPS were piloting airplanes to where they were needed during the great war, or nursing wounded soldiers, or keeping the family store operating, or burying their sons who fought for our freedom, Hollywood made TV shows that depicted the nirvana of home life instead of the heroics women displayed in real life.

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd May 2015 (#)

Le Rain, you are right, I wrote about the women during the war effort, one Canadian women designed the hurricane planes of world war II

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author avatar Retired
24th May 2015 (#)

Excellent post!

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