Changing of the American Family
Throughout the years we have seen families change from time to time. Not just in the actual household, but also in the media. From the 1950s to present time, we can relate to the families in the media. In the 1950s everything seemed to be more relaxed but strict at the same time. However, through the changes in time families have become a bit more chaotic at times and less strict. The families within the media have changed in many ways in whether it being as simple as becoming less strict or whether or not the father being in total control of the household.
In the television sitcom Father Knows Best, everything seemed like a perfect family. The mother would stay at home and take care of the house and clean, while father would be at work and while the kids would be at school. The house would always be very clean and organized when the father and children would come home. The kids would never curse or back talk their parents due to respect. Every morning the family would sit together and eat a healthy breakfast and every evening the father and kids would come home to a dinner prepared for the family to eat together. The ideal of the American family in the 1950s was more conservative. The family actually did stuff together and bonded.
Father Knows Best began as a radio series in 1949, which then later formed into a CBS television sitcom in 1954. The main idea of the sitcom was to show what it was like of living in the 1950s. The show was also an important influence on American family values. The family in the sitcom was the Anderson family, which consisted of the father; Jim Anderson, the mother; Margaret, and their three children; Betty, Bud, and Kathy. The sitcom consisted of stories of the Anderson family who had problems and those problems would resolve in a 30-minute episode by listening to the father doing the right thing.
A few decades later, the media is still changing in time. In the television...