The TV dinner isn't exactly a beloved part of American cuisine. The frozen meals-in-a-tray have been the butt of countless jokes since their introduction in the 1950s. Even regular consumers of the product usually buy them for the convenience, not the taste.

But that convenience shouldn't be discounted. It revolutionized middle-class life in the mid-20th century–especially the lives of the women who were expected to put dinner on the table.

In the latest episode of Food History, host Justin Dodd explores the surprisingly massive impact of the humble TV dinner. To see what the invention has to do with modern technology and the evolution of gender roles, check out the video below.

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