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The Simpsons as the model american family of the 1990s Meet the Simpsons Over time the definition of what exactly family means has changed with time Usually what constitutes making up a family is relative to a specific culture but as always there are exceptions to the rule Ever since the golden age of television had sprung upon American culture television has tried to mimic the ideal American family through its programming Even as early as the 1950s television producers made programming that would represent what exactly the ideal American family was Take for example the show Leave It to Beaver While I am not going to go in detail about each character I am going to summarize the family structure and the role of the member There was a father figure his job or responsibility rather was to financially support the family while being an exemplary father to his children The mother on the other hand was solely responsible for being a typical housewife while not neglecting the rearing of her children The children did not have any real responsibility but they respected their parents and attempted to stay out of trouble Television shows for the most part in this early era of programming followed among these lines There has always been at least one show each decade that followed the evolution of American life In the 1960s there was the Andy Griffith Show In the 1970s there was a different spin on family life with the show All in the Family which did not have the typical white collar father and its emphasis was not on raising the children rather it was after the children had grown up While in the 1980s there was a split in the television programming representation of American families There were still shows that represented the ideal American family such as Different Strokes and Family Ties as well as The Cosby Show but there was also a
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