This book analyzes how situation comedies have provided cultural insight into both the good and the bad sides of American motherhood through the years. Judy Kutulas argues that while early sitcoms tended to reinforce conventional visions of motherhood, more complex and problematized mothers began rising to prominence as cultural norms continued to diversify. Ultimately, Kutulas explores and demonstrates how increasingly diverse depictions of motherhood reflect changing social expectations, new social and professional opportunities, and expanding debates about what it means to be a mother. Scholars of television, media, American, cultural, and women’s studies will find this book of particular interest.
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