WEEK 6 - mini-lecture 11c (part 3 of eleventh lecture)

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WEEK 6 – mini-lecture 11 (to listen to the audio, play as a “slideshow” with the volume raised):

WEEK 6 – mini-lecture 11 (to listen to the audio, play as a “slideshow” with the volume raised) m ini-lecture 11C (part 3 of the eleventh mini-lecture)

All in the Family (1971-1979):

All in the Family (1971-1979) “The program you are about to see is All in the Family . It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter we hope to show, in a mature fashion, just how absurd they are.”

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The Jeffersons (CBS, 1975-1985) a spinoff of All in the Family

All in the Family (1971-1979):

All in the Family (1971-1979) Who makes an appearance at the Bunker home prior to Sammy Davis Jr.’s arrival?

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neighbor Lionel Jefferson (played by actor/writer Mike Evans, who would soon devise the idea for Good Times )

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Edith: “dingbat” or “feminine hero”? her husband, Archie, is obviously sexist and misogynistic; but is All in the Family a sexist and misogynistic text?

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“You see that in the movies and say ‘That wouldn’t happen in real life’.” “You just said ‘ace of spades’ and I turned up the ace of spades…”

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“But here we are in real life and it happened!”

References to African American icons:

References to African American icons

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“Was it Flip Wilson?”

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“Harry Belafonte?”

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“Harry Belafonte ain’t black.”

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Season One “Those were the days.”

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Season Two the song remains the same: little has changed besides their clothing and hairstyles

“Those Were The Days” by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse:

“Those Were The Days” by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse Boy, the way Glenn Miller played. Songs that made the Hit Parade. Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days. Didn't need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight. Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days. And you know who you were then. Girls were girls and men were men. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent. Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days. Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win. Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin. Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song. I don't know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days. fiscally conservative backlash anti-counter-culture / anti-hippies homophobic reference

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“Meathead” (a liberal-minded leftist) vs. Archie (a neo-fascist)

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“Twinkies?” “Yeah, it’s kind of a WASP’s soul food.”

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“Get out of the chair!” “Sit right down here, Mr. Davis, right in this chair. It’s the best in the house.” later

TV periodization (according to the history of African American representations):

TV periodization (according to the history of African American representations) 1950 – 1953 _______________________ 1954 – 1967 _______________________ 1968 – 1971 _______________________ 1972 – 1983 _______________________ 1984 – 1989 _______________________ 1990 – 1998 _______________________ 1999 – _______________________ Era of “Social Relevancy” (a.k.a. the Lear Years)

Bobby Lee:

Bobby Lee Lee’s parody of Memoirs of a Geisha

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