Includes bibliographical references (pages -317) and index.
Three Sitcoms : Till Death Us Do Part ; All in the Family ; Ein Herz und eine Seele ; Comparison -- Three Settings : Britain ; United States ; West Germany ; Comparison -- The Era of Limited Choice : Britain ; United States ; West Germany ; Comparison -- Alf Garnett and the British Lifestyle Revolution -- Archie Bunker and the American Lifestyle Revolution -- Alfred Tetzlaff and the West German Lifestyle Revolution -- Comedy Against Racism -- Trading TV Bigots: Transnational Trajectories -- Conclusion: Television's Social Impact.
"Television was one of the forces shaping the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, when a blockbuster TV series could reach up to a third of a country population. This book explores television's impact on social change by comparing three sitcoms and their audiences. The shows in focus -- Till Death Us Do Part in Britain, All in the Family in the United States, and One Heart and One Soul in West Germany -- centered on a bigoted anti-hero and his family. Between 1966 and 1979 they saturated popular culture, and managed to accelerate as well as deradicalize value changes and collective attitudes regarding gender roles, sexuality, religion, and race."--Publisher's description.