In the '50s they had Fred and Ethel / in the '70s we had Stanley and Helen. Both wives were hot for their husbands and got no action, and both husbands were insulting and condescending to their wives. I guess since the beginning of television there've been dysfunctional marriages (even hundreds of years before television with Punch and Judy puppets). I don't know why we we're so amused by them. I guess for those who have good marriages, it makes us glad that it's "them not us"; or maybe for those with dysfunctional marriages themselves it makes us glad that it's "them too and we're not alone". Whatever.