How “Ozzie & Harriet” Whitewashed Family Life in the Fifties
TV’s first reality sitcom wasn’t real at all
The American family in the 1950s looked very different from today. For one thing, the man in the family was the breadwinner and the woman in the family was the full-time homemaker. There may not have been a typical family — but there was an ideal one shown on TV: The Nelsons.