When I was a child, most people in the family were employed by the State. Payday was on Thursday so grocery shopping was done that evening.
In the early 1950s, Grandpa and Grandma were the only people in the family who had a television set. After grocery shopping on Thursday evening, everyone would gather there to watch TV and eat ice cream. The program of choice was always wrestling from Sunnyside Gardens because a cousin chauffeured the wrestlers from their hotel to the venue.
Haystacks Calhoun and The Sheik would be throwing each other all over the place. Meanwhile, the announcers would be saying things like, 'A Happy 30th Anniversary wish to Mr. & Mrs. John Jones of Canarsie from Bubba, LuAnne and the kids', or 'Best wishes to Ginnie on her graduation from Podunk High School. Mom and Dad are proud of you'.
It was surreal but it was also the essence of early television. It was also great family fun.