In S1E18, Emily is trying to liven up the dinner conversation, and she says, “Do you know that every night at dinner, the Kennedy clan would sit around the table having lively debates about everything under the sun? They would quiz each other about current events, historical facts, intellectual trivia.”
The Kennedy family was a prominent force in U.S. politics for much of the twentieth century. It consisted of Joseph Kennedy Sr., a wealthy businessman and ambassador to the United Kingdom, his wife Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and their children: Joseph Jr., a soldier who was killed in World War II; John, 35th president of the United States; Rosemary; Eunice; Patricia; Robert, Senator from New York; Jean, ambassador to Ireland; and Ted, Senator from Massachusetts. There’s way too much to say about the Kennedy’s than can be said here, but it is true that they had strict dinner table rules and that the children were expected to intelligently answer questions posed by their father at dinner.