Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the sitcoms series
Television of the 1950’s sent a direct message to all women – continued
This examiner will not go as far as to say women were not loved, but what is closer to the truth is that women were not valued for the work they did around the house. Men did not see housework as work because there was no pay involved. They did not see that raising children was work, they did not understand how a woman who was up all night with a crying baby could be tired the next day. What they saw was that she stayed home all day while they were the breadwinners who had to go out in the world to make a living.
The TV shows of the 1950’s reflected this idea of family life and women’s lives. They further perpetuated the myth of how every woman should spend her life, whether she yearned for a different kind of life or not. The working women was not even considered in 1950’s programming. It was as if working women were aberrations of society or at least forgotten about. Working women simply were not represented in the world of 1950’s television programming.
TV Shows of the 1950’s
The Nelsons – 1952 -1966
The Nelsons with Ozzie and Harriet, and Ricky their son was the number one family in America, the show aired from 1952 – 1966. They were the perfect family, no conflict, just friendly discussion that sorted out any single marital problem in existence. If your family issues were different from this family then you had a dysfunctional family, if your mother, father, sister or brother did not act like this family then something was wrong with all of you.
On the other hand, Montreal French speaking Women also had a chance to view television with a french Canadian content. In 1953, La Famille Plouffe aired on Société Radio-Canada This type of french television broadcasting was known as the first téléroman (televised novel), based on the novel, Les Plouffe, by Roger Lemelin.