Father Knows Best (TV Milestones Series) by Mary R. Desjardins

By Mary R. Desjardins

even though the long-lasting tv sequence Father is aware Best (CBS 1954–55; NBC 1955–58; CBS 1958–60) has loved an extended heritage in rerun syndication and an everlasting fan base, it's always remembered as cultural shorthand for 1950s-era conformism and authoritarianism. during this research of Father is aware most sensible, author Mary R. Desjardins examines this system, its acceptance, and its severe place inside of historic, commercial, and favourite contexts to problem oversimplified assumptions in regards to the show’s use of comedy and melodrama in exploring where of relations in mid-twentieth-century American society.

Desjardins starts by means of Father is aware Best inside media and construction contexts, together with its starting place on radio, its position within the heritage of monitor gem stones telefilm creation, and its roots within the backgrounds and artistic philosophies of co-producer Eugene Rodney and star-producer Robert younger. She is going directly to learn the social contexts for the production and reception of the sequence, particularly within the era’s emphasis on kin togetherness, shared parenting by way of either parents, and generational phases of the lifestyles cycle. in contrast historical past, Desjardins additionally discusses numerous Father is aware Best episodes in-depth to contemplate their remedy of conflicts over acceptable gender roles for girls. She concludes through exploring how the sequence’ forged participated in reevaluations of the Anderson family’s that means with regards to “real households” of the fifties, via tv specials, speak express appearances, journal and e-book interviews, and documentaries.

Blending melodrama and comedy, naturalistic appearing, and stylized cinematic visuals, Father understands most sensible dramatized ideological tensions within the commonest events dealing with the yankee relations. students of mid-century American pop culture and movie background in addition to enthusiasts of the express will get pleasure from Desjardin’s measured analysis.

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