FTDM Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart Analyzes Ethnicity in 1950s TV

unknownFTDM professor Kylo-Patrick Hart’s article “Minimizing Ethnicity in 1950s Television: The Rapid Rise and (Inevitable) Demise of Life with Luigi” has been published in the academic journal Studies in American Culture. It examines network efforts to reduce the stereotypical narrative strategies and messages pertaining to Italian Americans in the popular but short-lived 1950s CBS situation comedy Life with Luigi, which initially aired in the time slot following I Love Lucy. It further demonstrates how such efforts to revamp the series, by reducing its ethnic imagery and altering its approaches to humor, were futile at the particular historical moment when television was spreading quickly from America’s cities into the suburbs.