In lecture, we discussed how television sitcoms during this period, such as I Love Lucy and Leave it To Beaver to distract the public from the social and political chaos resulting from the ongoing war and unrest of the Civil Rights Movement. However, these TV sitcoms featured the typical, white, middle-class “American Dream” family.
Today, what we see on TV is so much different. ABC’s Modern Family depicts a very unconventional, different family. This shows how what the media chooses to show on television has progressed from the typical white, straight, “American Dream” family to a mixed cultural family with homosexual couples, adoption, divorce and remarriage.