Fictional biography[ edit ] Jodie Dallas is a young gay man living in his mother's home, he makes his living directing television commercials. It acted as an LGBT rights organization that " envision[ed] a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer cultures. Jodie chooses his daughter over his friend. Fred quits a few episodes later, stating that Archie is not ready to work with an openly gay man. Capsuto, p. Activists had mounted several large-scale demonstrations against individual episodes of the series Marcus Welby, M. The censorship reportedly infuriated Ellen, with her telling reporters: Carol's mother Peggy Pope shows up with his infant daughter, Wendy Jenna Kay Starr , she offers him custody but only if he agrees to make Alice move out. The episode equated homosexuality with pedophilia by depicting a gay may as a middle school teacher who preyed on his students. However, to be sure that his relationship with Maggie is real, Jodie decides to see a therapist, he emerges from a hypnotherapy session believing that he is a year-old Jewish man named Julius Kassendorf. Archie is outraged and, after ranting about how God hates homosexuals, declares his intent to sue for the tea service. The book also draws connections between important sitcoms and other shows that were influenced by or strikingly similar to these trendsetting programs. Gays, the viewing public was told over and over, were simultaneously dangerous and sick, to be feared and to be pitied. Each entry presents background information on the show, including the dates it aired, key cast members, and the network; explains why the show represents a notable turning point in American television; and provides an analysis of each sitcom that considers how the content was received by the American public and the lasting effects on the family unit, gender roles, culture for young adults, and minority and LGBT rights. Edit "The Cook" — Veronica Rooney Anne Meara is hired as the cook, and insists that her openly gay nephew, Fred, is hired as a waiter. How did the writers of The Simpsons make it acceptable to air political satire through the vehicle of an animated cartoon ostensibly for kids?