Am I the only one who remembers the TV show Homefront? It had an all too brief run in the early 1990s, but the series was remarkable for looking at what happened in the states after World War II soldiers came home and how society began to change after the war. Historical dramas were fairly uncommon at that time on network TV in the U.S., and the series struggled to gain more than a small, devoted fanbase. It was ahead of its time — today, Homefront could have found a strong niche on cable or streaming and lasted four or more seasons. Alas, it’s never been released on VHS or DVD, and there are only snippets found on YouTube.
Set in a fictional small-ish town in Ohio between 1945 and 1947, the stories revolved around several families, the Metcalfs, the Sloans, the Davises, and others. Social issues such as racism, sexism, and capitalism were explored. A decorated war hero comes back to experience discrimination because he’s black. Women who took on higher paying jobs during the war are fired or relegated to minor jobs. Union leaders agitate for better wages. All of these play out realistically without too much of a heavy hand. And the serious matters were all woven around a standard helping of romance and family drama.
Costume designers Chic Gennarelli and Lyn Paolo won two primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costuming for a Series and Jerry Gugliemotto and Barbara Ronci won an Emmy for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series. At the time, Homefront‘s costumes did seem historically accurate for a TV series, but looking at the photos now, it appears a bit more 1940s by way of the 1980s. But it’s hard to say from just a few stills and poor-quality vids.
Homefront ring any bells?