How Al Bundy Became Gay

Rolling Stone
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September 12, 2012

The two baby-faced gay fathers of The New Normal exemplify the new breed of television's trying-too-hard superdad. From Modern Family to Parenthood to Up All Night to Guys With Kids, the sitcom staple has now become Dad as a panicky man-child in way over his head with adult responsibilities. Their sexuality takes a backseat to their desire to be Fred MacMurray; the real key to them is – and these dudes can't shut up about it – they want to be the family man. Unlike the sitcom dads of old – Fred Flintstone, Archie Bunker or Al Bundy – they're desperate to get it right.