Rebellion against the old order & status quo. The beginning of new, even avant garde ways of thinking & expression. The starting of dissolution of old paradigms, especially in terms of racial, gender, & moral mores. The beginning of people considered to be outsiders by the dominant society developing self-pride & the right to their own brand of self-expression.
Television shows were becoming more inclusive regarding race & gender, discarding stereotypical roles. The broadening of definitions of what it is to BE. Fashions becoming less staid & conservative, becoming more experimental, even futuristic. Widening possibilities & breaking limitations. The VERY BEST of times to be alive.