D’oh! Study Reveals TV Sitcom Dads Are Getting Even More Inept
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.