TV shows aren’t made in a vacuum, and all art is reflective of the times that created it. That’s the way it’s always been, too, even if the passage of time has dulled the those once sharp political edges. Just look at the sitcoms of the ’70s, from actively political All in the Family to the actively apolitical Brady Bunch. Norman Lear and Sherwood Schwartz were both acutely aware of the issues of the day, from Vietnam to women’s lib and Watergate, and their shows were equally a response to those issues either by tackling them directly or providing escapist fare for stressed out audiences.
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