The Cosby Show: Impact On Society And Culture

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In today’s society TV is and always will be a persistent phenomenon in most if not all Americans' lives. It has transformed from it just being perceived as a fad to its nature of commanding many people's attention for several hours on a daily basis. It seems that we are being somewhat controlled by the encroachments in technology. Though, this is not so obvious to many, being that it’s such an integral part of our life. But it dictates how we live our lives. In the middle of the 1940s and 2000s, commercials alone had a philosophical and inclusive impact on American society and culture. In many ways television helped to spread American culture around the world. Talk about a phenomenon, at times television contests with other foundations of human…show more content…
“The Cosby Show” for many represented the first-class consequence of the civil rights movement and the battle for racial equality. The Cosby Show was written in contrast to the stereotypical ideals stressed in the shows that came before it. The Huxtables lived in a chic Brooklyn townhouse and a peaceful neighborhood. The dad, Heathcliff, was a well-respected doctor, and the mom, Clair, was a successful and accomplished attorney. Together they had five children and all of the Huxtable kids were loved and steered clear of serious trouble; while in the same breathe they never really had to worry about money as like other Black sitcoms were portrayed. One of the best episodes dealing with the subject matter of money was episode 8 of season 3 entitled “Vanessa’s Rich.” all of the Huxtable kids had received their fair share of learning lesson of morals and values but in this episode Vanessa particularly gets a lesson in the perception of wealth. She had found herself socially outcast for reasons of her family being wealthy. She invited some friends over from the pep squad to the house, and while giving a grand tour of her house, she casually mentioned that an original painting that hangs in the family’s living room set her parents back $11,000. The next day at school there were rumors of her family’s status and Vanessa ends up in her first school fight after she’s called a…show more content…
shows that featured women questions of leading women starting to come in to play. Coming upon the 60’s was the era were women and their ideas of feminism was portrayed on T.V. A variety of shows depicting the challenges that women faced but one show in particular that captured feminism in its entirety was “Sex and the City.” “Sex and the City first made its debut to television in the late 90’s and that was the start of a cultural impact amongst women. The series consisted of four women who lived four very different lives but still at some pointed shared the same common struggles. Carrie Bradshaw is a self-proclaimed fashionista who has a shoe fetishist, she focuses most of her attention and finances on designer footwear. She often goes on shopping sprees. Her only source of income is from her freelance weekly newspaper column, yet she often finds time to spend beyond her limits and maxes out her credit card in a single shopping trip. Charlotte is an art dealer and graduate of Smith College with a wealthy Connecticut blue-blooded upbringing. She is the most conservative and traditional of the group, the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust, and is always searching for her "knight in shining armor". Miranda Hobbes, is a career-minded lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. A Harvard University graduate from Philadelphia, she is Carrie's confidante and voice

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