From the 1950s to the present, Americans have frequently turned to television for entertainment and information. This course will examine how television has affected and reflected, American society – traditions, relationships, role models, language, diversity, the arts, technology, politics, religion, and naturally, humor. It will follow a thematic and historical approach with weekly viewings on such topics as gender roles, family and the workplace. In the end, each student will act as a television writer, creator, producer, and viewer. By watching full shows and specific scenes, students will gain an understanding of why we watch these shows and what they tell us about ourselves.