1950s Essay

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Modern Sitcoms Compared To 1950s Sitcoms Today people watch sitcoms on TV for entertainment and sometimes we can relate to them because it is realistic to people’s lives today. In the 1950s people watched sitcoms to compare or imitate values with their families. In Stephanie Coontz’s “What We Really Miss about the 1950s”, it talks about a poll that was taken in 1996 by Knight Rider news agency that more Americans preferred the 1950s over any other decade for children to grow up in. Coontz suggest our nostalgia for the 1950s could be miss leading. Coontz believes it is not a good decade for people to remember there was change in values that caused racism, sexism, and discrimination against women. Viewers today would not turn to sitcoms to compare their lives to the sitcoms. For example, the viewers do not want to be a teenage single father living at home with parents with no education as in the show “Raising Hope.” People watch sitcoms now for entertainment. In the 1950s sitcoms the mother stayed at home to look after the children and the father was the one off to work to financially support the family. As shown in sitcoms, “gender roles became much more predictable, orderly and settled in the 1950s” (Coontz 31). However, with society changing so is modern sitcoms like “Raising Hope” where Virginia Chance works as a house cleaner to help support her family. This shows us that women do not have to rely on men to survive as they did in the 1950s. Children in today’s sitcoms are no longer seen as perfect and polite as they were in the 1950s. In today’s sitcoms they show problems that children have at home and school. Jimmy chase the son of Virginia and Burt Chase has problems worrying about going back to college and having a steady job to support his daughter. Jimmy has a daughter that he has custody of and struggles to take care of her being a single father.

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