Analysis Of ' I Love Lucy ' Essay

868 Words Mar 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Television shows have been a popular form of entertainment since they first aired in the early 1900s. As time has progressed, the values and norms presented in the shows have also progressed due to the changing time periods and political and social reform. Although gender roles in society, family dynamics, and pace of shows have changed drastically over the past 50 years in the television industry, the values and norms presented, from a bigger picture, are principally similar. One of the many aspects of TV values that has changed is the role of men and women in society. In “I Love Lucy”, Ricky is seen as the breadwinner and Lucy the housewife. In the beginning of the show, Lucy is mending Ricky’s socks and then is later asked to make Ricky breakfast or else he’d go hungry. In this episode from the 50s, Lucy struggles against the confines of the domestic sphere with hopes beyond everyday housework, evident when she begs to be on the commercial. This episode embodies Lucy’s spirit and need to break free from dull housework, but in the end of the show, she is still seen in a foolish light. Fast forward thirty years to “Who’s the Boss?” and the role of men and women, husband and wife has changed. Angela is a single mother and successful business executive trying to raise her son on her own. Because of this, it is apparent that television shows were beginning to reflect real lives and situations. She doesn’t need a man to help raise her son, although Tony, her housekeeper, is…

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