Tony Earley’s “Somehow Form a Family”: Who’s Watching?
Opie, from "The Andy Griffith Show," a popular American TV show that ran from 1960-1968 and was set in the fictional small town of Mayberry.
Mr. Greenjeans (right) on an episode of "Captain Kangaroo," a long-running children's TV series (1955-1984). The show was based on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children."
Hoss, from the show "Bonanza," a popular western TV show that ran from 1959-1973.
Gomer Pyle (right) and Sgt. Carter from the show "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1962-1964). Jim Nabors played Gomer Pyle.
A clip from The Brady Bunch, in which Jan runs for Most Popular Girl at her school, ft. the Bradys’ housekeeper, Alice (in blue). The show ran from 1969-1974.
Like Tony Earley in his essay, consider what television shows are popular today, or were popular when you were a kid.Think about how these shows shaped your expectations of family, love and relationships, work, school, etc.
- How has television influenced your view of the world?
- What characters did you relate to and why?