So, I was standing in front of my sink the other night and for some reason the theme song to Green Acres was running through my head. I grew up in the time period where you could catch some of these shows on Nick-at-Nite (can’t remember if they were still making new ones when I was a child) and the theme song was always something that I found funny– if not Zsa Zsa Gabor’s accent.
You see, television is a good indication of where your culture is headed. Things that are “pioneered” on television soon make their way into real life, such that if you look back on shows in the past you think that they are old and out of date. Green Acres and it’s theme song is one of these such things.
In the theme song, there is a family tug of war going on between the husband and the wife as to where to live. Oliver Douglas doesn’t like the fact that he is living in the big city and wants to move to the country. His wife doesn’t like the idea of country living and wants to stay in her penthouse. They each list the things that they like “fresh air”, “time square”, but it’s what they say at the end of the theme song that shows us how much culture has changed today. Mr. Douglas, at the end says, “You are my wife” to which Mrs. Douglas says “Get me my lawyer!” Or, that’s what she would have said in 2007.
She instead says “Goodbye city life!” You see, at this point in time, the culture still promoted, encouraged, and supported the family structure. Of course the wife would go with the husband even if he was taking her out of her comfort zone. No question. There was no thought to getting a lawyer, a divorce, having a separation, or how much alimony she could get out of him. You don’t see Lisa Douglas calling up her female friends to complain about her husband.
Not only would it have ruined the setup for the show, but it was against a society that valued a husband/wife relationship where the man was the head of the home. I suppose the only way this show would have survived a feminist onslaught would have been for the green peace people to say that Green Acres promoted the environment and country living.
See how much our society has changed? Look at the television shows and movies today. Examine the homes that they create– the structure of man and wife, the authority system, and the respect they give toward marriage. It’s amazing isn’t it? Perhaps the reason that these shows do so well in reruns and DVDs is that, deep down, we crave something that is right, good and supportive. Or maybe we just like a good laugh.