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Old 02-20-2017, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Nemo View Post
There was an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show where Rob thought the hospital had mixed up their baby with another couple's child. He finally tracks down the other couple and invites them over to discuss the possibility. The punchline of the episode is when the couple arrive they're black.

Nothing really offensive about that but a writer probably couldn't sell the idea today.
A far worse episode from a modern viewpoint is "The Bad Old Days", where all the women on the show become subservient to their husbands.
And although criticizing 50s shows for having dated gender roles is shooting fish in a barrel, this "Father Knows Best" episode is especially notable. Betty, a smart and beautiful teenager, is talked out of an engineering career so her husband "can come home to some nice pretty wife".