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Television is not just a form of entertainment but it is an excellent form of study of societys view concerning its families This study focuses on the history of television beginning in the early 1950s and will run through present day It examines the use of racial ethnic and sexual stereotypes to characterize the players of these shows The examples assist in tracing what has happened to the depiction of the American family on prime time television It reveals the change of the standards employed by network television as disclosed to the American public Finally I will propose the question of which is the influential entity television or the viewing audienceThe Goldbergs which was originally a radio show became the first popular family series It became a weekly TV series in 1949 revealing to Americans a working class Jewish family who resided in a small apartment in the Bronx The show while warm and humorous confronted delicate social issues such as sensitivity due to the Second World War It is an excellent example of an ethnic familys status in societyA classic among classics I Love Lucy appeared on television on October 15 1951 httpwwwnick-at-nitecomtvretroshowsilovelucyindextin The series premise focused on the antics of a nonsensical wife who beguiles her easily angered husband The series created the men-versus-women standard on television such as what we see between Dan and Roseanne on Roseanne today that still predominates today One circumstance that led TV executives to seriously challenge the shows impending success was the use of Lucille Balls real-life Cuban husband Desi Arnaz The mixed-marriage status was a questionable concept that worried the administrators The situation prevailed its episodes routinely attracted over two-thirds of the television audience Leave it to Beaver the definitive 1950s household comedy focused on life through the eyes of an adolescent boy Beaver Beaver was a typically disorderly youngster His brother Wally just entering his teens was beginning to discover the opposite sex The relationship
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