America in Primetime


Updated Mon, Apr 30, 2012 3:55 pm

 

America in Primetime
 
America in Primetime is structured around the most com­peling shows on television today, unfolding over four hours and weaving between past and present. Each episode focuses on one character archetype that has remained a staple of primetime through the generations – the Independent Woman, the Man of the House, the Misfit, and the Crusader – capturing both the continuity of the character, and the evolution. The finest television today has as its foundation the best television of yesterday.
 
Episode 1: Independent Woman
Far removed from the model housewife of yesterday, women today on TV care less about pleasing others, and more about being true to themselves.
 
Episode 2: Man of the House
In 1950s television, the man of the house was king of his castle, but then he began losing control. Was it all an illusion to begin with?                        
 
Episode 3: The Misfit
Whether they are oddballs, losers, or just plain weird, misfit characters have grown beyond comic stereotypes and are taking center stage with a vengeance, refusing to apologize for who they are.
 
Episode 4: The Crusader
Heroes today are complex. Their stories are told with increasing humanity, depicting characters who confront almost impossible choices as they fight evil in a world where the line between right and wrong is often blurred.
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