But we don't bother anymore. First off, those shows are mostly dead and gone - even wildly successful Seinfeld. And secondly, the shows made today, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, and the latest, "Dads" depict men as immature, incompetent, stumbling, bumbling children. Its pathetic. Even when the shows are quite funny - Two and a Half Men used some decent scripts - ultimately they're awful. And controlling much of this, is the female audience.
Men have tuned out. Men are watching movies. James Bond style stuff. Jack Reacher, Skyfall, War of the Worlds, Rambo, Die Hard, etc.. Many of those movies portray men, even if they are first seen as bums, as ultimately very capable bad-asses who get things done and are righteous in doing so. THE VERY OPPOSITE OF THE CRAP-SITCOMS ON T.V..
So who is watching t.v.? Women. That's who. And watching many of these stupid programs - from a woman's perspective - is very, very different. They basically excuse women for being around and marrying these bozo-men in the shows. After all, if the men are so pathetic, why are the women in the shows with them? Why don't they just walk away? Or never get with them in the first place? That's never addressed, of course. NEVER. Instead the show is like a recipe for women; it says to them, See? There are plenty of women out there stuck with chauvinist losers, JUST LIKE YOU! This is why half-way intelligent people don't watch t.v. at all anymore and the internet-based programs through Netflix and others are radically increasing viewership, especially among the young. Youthful (late 30s and under) people are watching HBO, A&E, or other unique, crafty network programs. Breaking Bad has exploded in popularity and that show is about a bumbling Chemistry teacher turning into a murderous, drug-dealing, money-making bad-ass. This man is involved in a criminal enterprise and he is the hero - out-thinking and out-witting his naive wife; making millions to give to his family as he is planning on dying from cancer.
He is doing bad things for a good cause and the cause isn't even himself. It brings out his inner demons and ultimately twists him into something terrible, but his reasons at the outset were not himself, they were his family. THIS is a popular show. Everybody loves Raymond was cancelled. Take a hint, dear reader.
The women who watch the shows below are RELIEVED; they are so because they are stuck with either low-class, low-level boys from fatherless homes who are immature, INSECURE, macho lunatics, who, thanks to their fatherless home (I'm sure in each and every case the father was a monster, anyway, right?) learned their life lessons from rap videos (hence the racist and sexist angle). Or else the women who watch are stuck with a well-earning yet twisted, insensitive, and out-of-touch-with-anything-female type man. This show is to point out how foolish these men are and how much they need the women that they are with. Because the inverse of that MUST NEVER BE TRUE! RIGHT!?!?!?
The show is meant to alleviate and calm all the anxieties these female viewers have. Men don't watch these shows. They have enough outlets telling them they need to be more of a "real man" earning more, and "taking care of" their wife or girlfriend who is wildly depressed at out-earning the husband she wants to be more dominant. Men don't need injury added to the insults they receive; they watch the shows that embody who they want to be - the man who can think on his feet and outwit the world to protect his family and earn for them. Its a fantasy inside of a life lesson.
The Fox "Dads" show will be cancelled within a few months, if it takes that long. These one-sided shows on men are gaining absolutely no traction. Shows like Two and a Half men showed the man's viewpoint and his vulnerability quite often; both men and women enjoyed that; ultimately that show was doomed by its singular dimension, but it clearly had a broader audience. "Dads" does not portray "flawed" men, or even take a quick insightful look at women's flaws; it merely piles on the garbage and ills of men and then asks you to stomach it. Its a show for the white trash - I don't know how else to put it. Here's to a quick death of it.
Another look at this show appears below, but I think Robert misses on the women's angle to this.