Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Stupid Men of Sitcoms

A couple days ago Mike Stafford of AM640 was ranting about how media portrays men as stupid goofs and women as the ones running the business of life. For the most part he was ok until he started to name the titles of sitcoms which depicted man of the house as an utter idiot and while wife was the one where all wisdom resided. Following four sitcoms were named often by Mike and by the callers who mostly agreed with him. Most caller know that if they disagree with The Holy Mike Stafford, they will be cut off then mocked and insulted without any chance of response from them. Here are the sitcoms that came up:

  1. King of Queens (Doug Heffernan)
  2. Everybody Loves Raymond (Raymond “Ray” Barone)
  3. Home Improvement (Tim Taylor)
  4. According to Jim (Jim)

Following is a brief sketch of these male characters:
Doug Haffernan
He is fat, loves to eat, loves to hang out with friends and he has no ambition what-so-ever. He is very well contended with his life and job; however, it does bother him occasionally when the circumstances force him to acknowledge that his wife makes more money than him. His wife, Carrie, is clearly much more intelligent than him; she is ambitious and always enthusiastic about progress in life. Doug is clumsy and often has hard time understanding often simple things. He is often childish and impulsive but not more than his father-in-law who lives with the couple and, simply put, is an adult baby, often tended by his daughter who acts more like a mother of her own father. Alright, Doug Haffernan is stupid.
Raymond “Ray” Barone
Raymond, mostly referred to as Ray, is clearly and utterly stupid but somehow a gifted sportswriter. He cannot pronounce many of the words properly and doesn’t seem to be very verbose. Yet he is a successful sportswriter. He often has problem understanding simplest of family issues. He doesn’t have any particular talent and is proudly clumsy. He has a relatively happy life and a strong financial position still he loves to complain. He has whiny nasal voice which becomes even more annoying when he slants single words to the length of half a sentences while acting like an adult child. He often argues with his hot (but not) wife on his self-centered non-issues. His wife, Debra, is perfect in every way except that she cannot often cope with the stupidity of his male in-laws and mischievousness of her only female in-law, Marie. In conclusion, yes, this sitcom’s got a lota stupid men.
Tim Taylor
I haven’t seen much of Home Improvement but I can tell that the man’s got a hot wife and he’s an idiot of sorts. However, his level of moronity (I am trying to invent a word here) is not as high as his friend’s, who is his co-host in a TV show titled Home Improvement (coincidence? Maybe.). In addition, he’s a got a shady neighbor who is always available when his wife needs to complain about her husband and seek advice. A wise man never lets his wife share her secrets and regrets with other men. Moral: Tim Taylor is not a wise man; he’s a stupid.
Also known as University of Jim, he looks stupid, acts stupid but is not stupid. Yeah, I know, this last sentence had a lot of stupid in it but Jim isn’t part of it. Despite his laziness and apparent clumsiness, Jim is one of the most intelligent characters in the sitcom. He runs his own construction company, keeps his business smooth and customers happy. This requires a lot of intelligence and leadership capabilities. At home, he lets the household business go by on its own and intervenes only when it’s needed. He often argues with his wife on seemingly petty issues, however, most male viewers would easily agree with his stance on household conflicts, which is just common male sense. On the other hand, his wife, Cheryl, is naive and impulsive. She is always trying and planning to outsmart Jim with the help of her conniving sister, Dana, and more than often she fails. Even when, Dana, who openly expresses her utter contempt for her brother-in-law, is rescued and comforted by Jim by his words of wisdom reflecting his profound understanding of life. Jim enjoys sincere respect of his wife’s brother and other co-workers. He, being deprived of father’s love at an early age, is very sensitive to his family’s needs and is often overprotective of his wife and children. It is his that kindness by which he has taken his wife’s siblings under his protective wing.
On the other hand, Jim likes and enjoys keeping his inner child happy as a result of which he often finds himself involved in unnecessary one-on-one fights. He doesn’t mind a happy night of roaming the streets while drunk along with intoxicated friends. He is always a ring leader and never stays behind when it comes to partying or music. In conclusion, with all of his humanly shortcomings, the character of Jim is different from all lead males from other three sitcoms. Jim is a character who acts stupid to get out of chores while other three are genuinely stupid. He is the most lovable character in all four sitcoms.

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