Humanities › History & Culture Feminism in 1960s Sitcoms Finding Feminism on TV in the 1960s Share Flipboard Email Print Bewitched circa 1965. Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images History & Culture Women's History History Of Feminism Important Figures Key Events Women's Suffrage Women & War Laws & Womens Rights Feminism & Pop Culture Feminist Texts American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century View More By Linda Napikoski Journalist J.D., Hofstra University B.A., English and Print Journalism, University of Southern California Linda Napikoski, J.D., is a journalist and activist specializing in feminism and global human rights. our editorial process Linda Napikoski Updated March 18, 2017 Was there any feminism in 1960s sitcoms? The decade was a time of growing self awareness in much of U.S. society. A “second wave” of feminism exploded into public consciousness. You may not get explicit references to the burgeoning women’s liberation movement, but 1960s television is filled with proto-feminist portrayals of women’s lives. You can find emerging feminism in 1960s sitcoms in the conventional and unconventional ways women revealed their power, success, grace, humor….and even just their presence! Here are five 1960s sitcoms worth watching with a feminist eye, plus a couple of offbeat honorable mentions: 01 of 07 The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) Dick Van Dyke Show cast, about 1965. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Under the surface of The Dick Van Dyke show were subtle questions about women's talents and their "roles" at work and at home. 02 of 07 The Lucy Show (1962–1968) William Frawley, Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz out golfing in the television series 'I Love Lucy', 1951. CBS/Getty Images The Lucy Show featured Lucille Ball as a strong female character who did not rely on a husband. 03 of 07 Bewitched (1964–1972) Sandra Gould, Marion Lorne, Lillian Hokum, and Elizabeth Montgomery off camera from the television series 'Bewitched', 1966. Screen Gems/Getty Images There was no doubt about it: Bewitched featured a housewife who had more power(s) than her husband. 04 of 07 That Girl (1966–1971) Marlo Thomas as That Girl; circa 1970; New York. Art Zelin/Getty Images Marlo Thomas starred as That Girl, a groundbreaking independent career woman. 05 of 07 Julia (1968–1971) Diahann Carroll as 'Julia'. Archive Photos/Getty Images Julia was the first sitcom to revolve around a single African-American leading actress. 06 of 07 Honorable Mention: The Brady Bunch The Brady Bunch. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Straddling the 1960s and 1970s - when the show first aired - TV’s quintessential blended family made a fierce effort to play fair between boys and girls. 07 of 07 Honorable Mention: Monsters! The Addams Family. Hulton Archive/Getty Images The monster mamas on The Addams Family and The Munsters were strong matriarchs who injected hints of counterculture thinking and individuality into the TV sitcom family.