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Thinking about the stereotype that is made from the working-class buffoon has had little changed, as explained by Butsch, since initial characters have been created in early television. I think about some of my favorite programs from the 90s and they all follow the formula Butsch discusses. All of these men don't have the most glamorous jobs, they aren't great parents and their wife is typically a smart bombshell. I think of a television program such as According to Jim, where Jim, the father, was constantly getting himself into strange situations because of his ego and usually his wife was the one bailing him out. To reduce risk, we see the same formulas played out on television time and time again, but how does this particular formula have success? Could it be that we view the father figure as someone who is commonly irresponsible an their for to personify this idea into media culture, the humor is in the inherent truth? Or is it that we have become so accustomed to these ideas throughout television's history that we don't even think about it anymore?

Now there are shows like Modern Family that find themselves in various standpoints of who plays what role. Are any of these pairings playing this "buffoon" character Butsch describes? I think it could be argued either way. All of the male characters have pretty upstanding jobs that pay good money, by the looks of their houses and items they own. They all are the characters that were exemplified in the early years of television and holds true for those in programs where the men have good jobs. But this program has a twist where everyone sort of takes their turn as playing the "buffoon" mildly, even the "hot" moms.

Take Cam and Mitchell, the gay couple, for example. Mitchell is a lawyer who is can be considered uptight and usually the voice of reason between him and Cam. Cam lies on the opposite end by being, typically, unemployed, could be considered a "free-spirit" and loves music and theater. They both experience their moments, because of their juxtaposition in mannerisms, of getting into strange predicaments.

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