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In sitcoms in the 1950s and ’60s, father figures were often portrayed as serious and wise — but in recent years, their portrayal has shifted to be more goofy, immature, and seemingly inept as parents.
Erica Scharrer, a professor of communication at University of Massachusetts Amherst, conducted a study into how dads have been portrayed in US sitcoms over time.
The study found that father characters were in fewer parenting-related scenes in more recent shows, and that when they were, most of the time they were depicted as “humorously foolish” rather than wise or caring.
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From Homer Simpson to Phil Dunphy, sitcom dads have long been known for being bumbling and inept.
But it wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, sitcom dads tended to be serious, calm, and wise, if a bit detached. In a shift that media scholars have documented, only in later decades did fathers start to become foolish and incompetent.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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