All in the Family a show which aired from 1971-1983 was one of the most important and influential series that aired during the time frame mentioned above. This show did not shy away from addressing controversial or socially relevant issues. MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) aired from 1972-1983, this show was revolved around the 4077th MASH which was one of the surgical units stationed in Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953). The staff of a Korean War field hospital used humor to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
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This show was mostly liberal and this show often criticized politicians who mired the United States in Vietnam (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lytle, & Stoff pg. 932).
Both All in the Family and MASH were condemned by the religious right because they believed that shows played a major role in corrupting the family values. Religious right considered the shows of the 1970s to being permissive, having positive portrayal of unmarried women, premarital sex along with drug use, profanity, homosexuality, nudity, violence and prejudices. The religious right was determined to limit the issues mentioned above in media content and this caused clashing with liberal commitment to free speech and toleration for diversity in lifestyles (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lytle, & Stoff pg. 932). For example Archie Bunker frequently use the term “Hebes” for Jews, “Spics” for Hispanics, “fag” for homosexual, and “spade” for African Americans. Another example comes from MASH- “Hawkeye” Pierce and his fellow surgeons began the series as hard drinking, womanizing foes of war and the military (Davidson, Delay, Heyrman, Lytle, & Stoff pg. 932).
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