Evolutionary Families Essay

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Waking up in the morning and scrambling to finish homework, realizing you left your textbook at your dad’s could be a problem. Your mom is late for work and cannot drive you to your dad’s house. As a result, you will receive a zero for the assignment. A few decades ago, scenarios like this were not prevalent. However, with the change in family structure, this situation is now very common.

Over decades, television shows have reflected the social changes of the family structure. Starting with the 1960’s, a family commonly consisted of parents and their children. Nuclear families, with parents and children, embodied shows like Leave it to Beaver and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett. Family was everything to people back in the day.
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Beginning in the 1970’s, family structures began to evolve into something that has shaped our society today. Families depicted on shows such as, The Brady Brunch and The Jeffersons, showed conflict relationships and blended families. During this decade, the family lifestyle became more diverse. The burden of social critics focused on the rising black middle-class and women working outside the house. During this decade, people started to second guess family life, as seen on The Brady Brunch and The Jeffersons (Television and Family 1). The Brady Bunch started to show families with rebellious children. The show attempted to steer clear of the political and social issues at the time. Non-white characters were not introduced and gender equality was exhibited. The show tried to represent the countercultural aspect of the late 1960’s into the 1970’s. Boys and girls that played together started to date. These children kissed behind their parents back and this was foreshadowing the dysfunctional family structure. Parents were not given as much importance and the American public was feeding off this negative energy from the show. The show aired during the times the production knew they would grab attention from a young audience. Some children watching this show were home-alone while both parents were at work, or the children came from divorced families. The nuclear family was envied on this popular television comedy (Griffin 1). At the time,
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