Building on less successful efforts, Swanson coined the term “TV dinner” in 1954.  Ironically, the very first TV dinner they ever sold was a Thanksgiving meal, perhaps the most traditionally elaborate American homemade meal.

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Sources: on TV dinners and Found in Mom’s Basement.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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