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The Bad SixtiesHollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements$
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Kristen Hoerl

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817235

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817235.001.0001

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Growing Up from the Counterculture in Family Ties and The Wonder Years

Growing Up from the Counterculture in Family Ties and The Wonder Years

(p.61) Chapter Two Growing Up from the Counterculture in Family Ties and The Wonder Years
The Bad Sixties

Kristen Hoerl

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that the television programs Family Ties and The Wonder Years advanced the neoconservative politics of the eighties even as they appeared to evince halting nostalgia for sixties-era dissent. The caricature of the hippie-turned-yuppie in eighties era television teaches viewers that radical beliefs, countercultural lifestyles, and women’s liberation were forms of youthful indiscretion that the baby boomer generation learned to outgrow. These programs recentered the family as the site of individual agency and moral activism, giving televisual form to the ideas undergirding neoliberalism and postfeminism.

Keywords:   yuppies, Family Ties, The Wonder Years, neoconservativism, postfeminism

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