The manner in which women have been portrayed on television has changed and evolved since the start. On Leave it to Beaver, women wore pearls and were the model housewives and mothers. This episode explores the transformation of women from the beginning of the evolution in The Mary Tyler Moore Show to soap operas like All My Children and single, independent mothers shown on Gilmore Girls.
During the 1950s, husbands and wives slept in separate beds and since that time, sex on television has changed dramatically. With the women of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, television has changed American culture to be more open to the portrayal of sex on television. This episode also discusses major events in American history, such as the impact of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal that changed the way that Americans thank of sex on television.
With the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the portrayal of minorities on television was forever changed. Groundbreaking shows such as Julia, which featured the first African-American lead character, to The Bernie Mac Show which features a predominately African-American cast are discussed along with the stereotypes of minorities shown on television.
Violence has always been a part of television, from the crime drama The Untouchables from the 1950s to the crime dramas of today, including NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, and The Shield. However, the type of violence shown is dramatically different from the 1950s, including more bloodshed, murders, and other violent crimes than ever before. Along with the discussion of violent television shows, major world events including the settlement of the west and the televised coverage of the Vietnam War and their affect on American culture are discussed.