Back in the mid 50's there was a marriage of two things that dramatically changed people's lifestyle.
Television: TV was finally coming of age, and everyone had to have one in the living room.
T.V. Dinners: The latest rage, enjoy your dinner while watching television.
Mom and Dad and their two kids Johnny and Mary could now sit on the living room couch and enjoy a TV dinner while watching their favorite television program. They were easy and fast for Mom to prepare after a busy day, and inexpensive too.