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  •  You may be on to something (3+ / 0-)
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    koseighty, Batya the Toon, melo

    Perhaps it was television that put the amber around the fly. Not only the Jetsons and Flintstones, but Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith, Beverly Hillbillies, Bob Newhart, I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Dick van Dyke... even MASH, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone are flavored by 1950's sensibilities.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 11:15:54 AM PDT

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    •  Bewitched & I Dream of Jeannie (2+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, Orinoco

      The whole premise of these two shows is that the woman must give up her god-given talents and be subservient to the man.

      I laughed long and hard watching these shows as a kid.  But, my gawd!, what a horrible message.

    •  The Twilight Zone at least subverted them ... (2+ / 0-)
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      koseighty, Orinoco

      ... at least sometimes.

      But the thing is, it made much more sense for most of those other shows to have 1950s sensibilities -- they were set in or around the 1950s.  The Flintstones and the Jetsons were the distant past and distant future, respectively ... and they were basically the 1950s anyway.  I grant you they were comedy, and not in any way meant to be taken seriously, but I think nonetheless their existence reveals a certain unintentional something.  Amber around the fly, as you say.

      I'm more inclined to consider television of that period to be an indicator, rather than a cause, of societal attitudes.  Though of course it could be both.

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