AC Gender Stereotyping Dads on TV

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Wow! A show with a smart father! Maclean’s Oct. 2, 2006 In a world in which dads are either complete doofuses or MIA, Keith Mars is a bright spot Remember the TV dads controversy? A recent theme in journalism has been the bad image of fathers on television. Pundits like John Tierney of the New York Times and Ray Richmond of The Hollywood Reporter wrote articles complaining that fathers are, in Richmond's words, "the last subculture in America whom it is permissible to bash and malign with impunity." What did networks do in response to the complaints? Cut out fathers entirely. Surveying the new shows this season, it's clear that fatherhood is no longer much of a theme. 'Til Death, the new sitcom starring Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), is about one couple that's childless and another couple whose children have moved out. Most of the other male characters on new shows are childless men who aren't yet required to act like grown-ups, like the guys on Friends. In fact, one of the new sitcoms, The Class, is from a co-creator of Friends, and features a similar group of childless people. The most prominent fathers in the new season are Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow on
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