From wise to foolish: The portrayal of the sitcom father, 1950s-1990s
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
An exploratory content analysis of family-oriented sitcoms shows modern television fathers and working class television fathers are more likely to be portrayed foolishly than fathers of the past or fathers of higher socioeconomic classes. A sample of long-running and top rated domestic sitcoms from the 1950s through the 1990s is examined. A theoretical argument is made that the portrayal of sitcom fathers can be linked to changing social climates in which certain jokes become "fair game."
Scharrer, Erica, "From wise to foolish: The portrayal of the sitcom father, 1950s-1990s" (2001). Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. 39.