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family consisted of June Cleaver, the mother, Ward Cleaver, the father, Wally Cleaver, the eldest son, and Beaver Cleaver, the youngest son (Orlick, Online). This popular family sitcom depicted the American family as a white, middle class family with the mother as a stay at home mom and the father as a working man. The parents were married and Beaver acted as a symbol of child decision-making. During this time this type of portrayal was fairly accurate because most families did not see divorce because it was uncommon and although there were African American families, the 50s was a time when this would be unacceptable to be aired on television due to prejudice (Kahan, Online). The popular motherly role in the 1950s did correspond with “Leave It To Beaver’s” June Cleaver because it was typically the father that would go to work while the mother stayed at home to cook, clean, and raise the kids. This show also remained innocent and censored, being sure not to lose viewers to any type of vulgar words or actions (Orlick, Online). This series consisted of conflicts that involved bad test grades, children misbehaving around the house, and little arguments at the kitchen table. It was simple conflict that would be resolved by the end of the show and conclude with a happy family. The simple humor that “Leave It To Beaver” brought to its audiences aided its amount of viewers because the show could be enjoyed by the entire family and could relate to the audience’s everyday family issues. It was aspects such as these that allowed “Leave It To Beaver” to be a hit with the average middle class family. As family sitcoms progressed into the 1970s, the “average American family” began to shift from married parents and homogenous familial relation to one with widowed or divorced parents creating a new family. This transition was apparent in the 2
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sitcom “The Brady Bunch” in which Carol Henderson, the mother, had three daughters with her previous husband whom she divorced and later married Mike Brady, the father, who had three sons and had been widowed (Winans, Online). The producer, Sherwood Schwartz, felt that families no longer consisted of two married parents with their biological kids and wanted to create a show that depicted a family that was put together in pieces through marriage rather than blood (Winans, Online). This show, which began in September 1969 and aired until March 1974, modernized the typical middle class family by introducing the concept of stepsiblings, divorcees, and widowers. It also proved that families aren’t always necessarily within middle class (Winans, Online). The Brady family was well off with only the father working and the mother staying home and they still managed to have a maid – Alice. However, later in the series Carol Brady transitioned from a stay-at-home mom to a working mom, obtaining a job as a real estate agent, furthering the development of the motherly role (Winans, Online). Overall, “The
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