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Name ________________________________ Date _______________________ Period ____________

Compare and Contrast Between “I Love Lucy” & “Friends”

• Father Knows Best


• Leave It To Beaver
• The Dick Van Dyke Show
• Andy Griffith Show
• Happy Days – made in the 1970’s – tried to depict life in the 1950’s

• During the 1950’s, most shows were filmed live, focused on variety shows, big band music, situation
comedies & serious dramas.

• Advertising – take a show that you already know is popular….situation comedies, game shows & soap
operas – and advertise there… this started the “big” charge for what commercials are shown with the
higher rated shows. (example: Superbowl)

• What is “I Love Lucy” such a significant show? (Desi Arnezs’ idea)


1. First show where every episode was taped – leads o syndication. (they owned the rights to
the show) It’s now shown in over 80 different countries.
2. First show to use 3 cameras…giving the 3 dimensional look to the viewers.

You are going to compare “I Love Lucy” & “Friends” in the following areas:
1. Dress and clothing
2. Values shown on the show
3. Language used
4. Social norms ( roles, living arrangements, gender roles)
5. What people are playing the major and minor roles? What were the specific roles?
6. What situations are the characters deal with in the episode (be specific)
7. How, in YOUR OPINION, is programming and viewing of television different in 2008, than it was in
1950-1959?

To help you organize your thoughts and provide specific details, you will take notes over the episodes of “I
Love Lucy” & “Friends”. The notes you take will be included in your final grade.
“I Love Lucy” Notes

Dress & Clothing:

Values Shown on the Show:

Language Used:
Social Norms (ex: different roles, living arrangements, gender roles):

What people are playing the major and minor roles? Where were the specific roles?

What Situations are the Characters dealing with? (be specific)

What is television programming like in the 1950’s? How would you describe the “I Love Lucy”
show?
“Friends” Notes

Dress & Clothing:

Values Shown on the Show:

Language Used:
Social Norms (ex: different roles, living arrangements, gender roles):

What people are playing the major and minor roles? Where were the specific roles?

What Situations are the Characters dealing with? (be specific)

What is television programming like in the 1950’s? How would you describe the television show
“Friends”?
Now that you’ve taken notes over both television shows, it’s time to put the information together in an essay.
Use your notes to compare and contrast each of the above areas. Be sure to write in COMPLETE sentences.
Make sure your answers are well thought out and well written. (One short paragraph is not going to cut it). Be
sure to address ALL 7 points for both T.V. shows. This essay and your notes will be worth 45 points.

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