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The introduction of television after World War II coincided with a steep rise in birth rates mortgage rates and the growth of mass-produced suburbs In this social climate its no surprise that television was conceived as being a family medium The public often assumes that televisions fictional representations of the family have a strong impact on actual families because of this people have often assumed that these fictional households should mirror not just family life in general but their own personal values regarding it In the early 1950s there was a degree of diversity in how domestic life was portrayed There were families who lived in cities suburbs and rural areas there were nuclear families such as in the show The Adventures of Ozzie and Hariet there were childless couples such as The Honeymooners as well as a variety of ethnic families in domestic comedies and family dramas By the mid 1950s representations of family life were becoming more standardized in domestic comedy In the 1960s suburban domestic comedies rose to prominence with programs such as The Donna Reed Show Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best presenting an idealized representaion of middle-class white families insuburban communities which mirrored the practise of racial exclusion seen in Americas suburbs more generally Within the domestic comedy form itself the nuclear family was increasingly displaced by a counter-programming trend that represented broken families and unconventional families Coinciding with rising the divorce rates of the 1960s a number of shows would feature families with only a father such as My Three Sons and Family Affair and the Western Bonanza while other shows would feature single mothers such as in Julia and Heres Lucy However due to censorship codes of the times all these programs could not display single parents who were divorced instead the explaining the missing parent as a death in the family By 1967 the classic domestic comedies featuring nuclear families were all
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