Gender Roles And Socialization : Family Structure Portrayal And Parent Child Interactions

2297 Words Apr 24th, 2016 10 Pages
When comparing these amazing TV shows, there are similarities and a lot differences between them. However, one thing most certainly remained the same: the love they had for one another. While watching a healthy dose of both shows, there are some differences between them in regards to gender roles and socialization, family structure portrayal and parent-child interactions across the board. In The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the audience was introduced to a new nuclear family. This seemed like the new norm as some would call it ideal because there was an evident decline from the traditional extended family. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, families were always diverse. Comparing their family style to that of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the idea of a nuclear family was accepted and integrated by most during that time. As time goes on, we, as a community, become more accepting to changes within a family so they become the norm for society. In the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we saw an extended family living together as a poor black boy who grows up in inner-city Philadelphia moves with his wealthy, upscale family. The family structures between these 2 shows were complete opposites of each other. In the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, you have the parents, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their 2 children, David and Ricky Nelson. This family structure, as mentioned earlier, would be described as a nuclear family, consisting of the most basic unit of family possible. On the other…

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