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Independent Woman 

In the early days of television, American prime time provided an idealized and stereotypical view of the American woman, who was more often than not portrayed as being subservient to the ... See full summary »


Lloyd Kramer


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Herself / Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
Robert King Robert King ... Himself - Co-Creator, The Good Wife
Michelle King Michelle King ... Herself - Co-Creator, The Good Wife
Archie Panjabi ... Herself / Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife
Roseanne Barr ... Herself - Executive Producer, Roseanne (as Roseanne)
Diane English ... Herself - Creator, Murphy Brown
Liz Brixius Liz Brixius ... Herself - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie
Jenji Kohan ... Herself - Creator, Weeds
Patricia Heaton ... Herself / Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
Steven Levitan ... Himself - Co-Creator, Modern Family
Will Scheffer ... Himself - Co-Creator, Big Love
Linda Wallem ... Herself - Co-Creator, Nurse Jackie
Danny DeVito ... Himself / Louie DePalma, Taxi
Ron Howard ... Himself / Opie, The Andy Griffith Show
Dick Van Dyke ... Himself / Rob Petrie, The Dick Van Dyke Show


In the early days of television, American prime time provided an idealized and stereotypical view of the American woman, who was more often than not portrayed as being subservient to the man, basically as housewife and mother in service to the family. In real life, most American women could could not measure up to this idealized view. From 1950 to 1970, three lead characters are seen as groundbreaking away from this stereotype (despite two being wife and mother): Lucy Ricardo in I Love Lucy (1951), Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), who were each independent for different reasons, much of those reasons specific to the era. Other characterizations of independent women that followed owed much to these three, and were reflective of the times. They include Roseanne Connor in Roseanne (1988), and the title character in Murphy Brown (1988). The lack of advertising on cable opened up the role of the independent woman even more... Written by Huggo

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30 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Entertainment and Empowerment rolled into one wonderful 'Impact'.
28 September 2012 | by oceanspiritSee all my reviews

This show will give you a very interesting and insightful look into the powerful influence that ground-breaking TV shows had within our society, in particular, this episode focuses on the shift and evolution of women's role.

I found this episode empowering because it was an emotional and uplifting reminder of our evolving attitudes and perceptions regarding the so called 'perfect' woman. It's obvious that TV has finally awakened and embraced individuality.

The best part...'No longer do you have to feel quality about being 'real'. The next best part....'No longer does the 'perfect' woman exist, nor did she ever exist. She was elusive for a reason.

Nope, that fictitious woman is history and the new role-models are now the 'real' woman among us.

Don't waste your life trying to live up to the old 'June Cleaver' standards from the black & white TV days...... ...society is all about vivid colour now.

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