Progression or Regression?

Roseanne debuted in 1988 and ended in 1997. This television serious focuses on Roseanne and Dan Conner and their three kids Becky, Darlene and D.J. This program was different from the others at the time, due to the star of the show being a woman. Roseanne is the lead character clearly seen by the title of the show. Roseanne has a big personality and not afraid to speak her mind. Her comments are crude, but despite her abrupt remarks she loves her family. This family is lower middle class and not working isn’t an option. This program is more of a realistic view of the typical American family, and the struggles they have to go through. In one episode Roseanne has to pick up a couple extra jobs on the side in order to support her family and pay the bills on time. Roseanne has a more accurate depiction of women. She is not always wearing beautiful clothing, she wears jeans and a T-shirt, and her body is not perfect. This is one of the first television programs where a woman is depicted realistically and seen as an equal to their husband.

The television programs from the 1950s, 1960s, all the way to the 1990’s show the changing role of women. From ditzy housewife to band manager to an independent woman as the star of the show prove that women have come a long way. The start of television portrayed stereotypical women with perfect hair, clothes and no job, but as time went on women found a voice for themselves and television responded. Television represents women with goals, aspiration and not only as mothers and wives.

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