Thursday, September 18, 2008

70s TV & Relationships Examined

Although born after the 1970s, I loved 70s TV. Its topics were a lot more real, and did a lot more exploration of lifestyles outside the "norm" for that time. Nowadays, that's not uncommon but we need to think about what was going on then to consider it revolutionary: our country in transition, Civil Rights, Women's Lib, Vietnam War... And just out of the "simpler" time of the 1950s. I mean, face it: it was country-crisis time.

In "Three's Company," we have two girls and a guy, single living in hot, sunny CA... In "The Jeffersons," we have the exploration of an upper middle class Black family.. "All in the Family" breaks down the everyday life of a narrow minded, bigot of a man and his family... And in "One Day at a Time," we have newly divorced Ann Romano taking life into her own hands to start again as a single woman with two teen daughters.

It's the latter I want to take a peek at. I was watching a rerun last night about the main character Ann, and her reluctance to head to a singles bar while her daughters are away. Through coaxing by her friend and neighbor, she goes and witnesses how the "single and ready to mingle" live on a Friday night in 1970s Indianapolis. After witnessing men make the rounds, and the women who accept and reject their advances, she realizes that people need people. And, that's when she is aware of how much she has going for herself.

I LOVE going out. I get to do it less these days as most of my friend are in long term monogamous relationships and spend time with their significant others.

But I notice that when I go out, it's a lot like Ann. Which is when I smiled to myself, realizing I can take a lesson from 70s TV: people out there want something and someone. So the bar scene I go to, although 35 years later, isn't so different.

Who knew? Wondering what I can get out of watching a little Jack Tripper...

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