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Dads - Funny for me, but may not be for most.

Television has come a long way since when they were introduced.  Television diverted a majority of people from the going to the theaters to simply watching a constantly growing collection of shows in the comfort of one’s own house.  In more recent times, the vast ocean of TV shows has drawn many people into shows that are now designed for certain aspects of a person’s interests and tastes.  However, the originality of a show has become very scarce and shows are now just seem similar to one another.  “Dads”, a new show that aired on the Fox channel, is no exception unfortunately.

As mentioned earlier -- as well as the Fox website (http://www.fox.com/dads/) --  “Dads” is a new sitcom that premiered back on September 17, 2013 and airs on the Fox channel.  The show’s creators are Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild, and finally the well-known Seth MacFarlane (also the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show).  The show is about two grown men, Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi), both in their mid-30s and whom work at a successful game company called Ghost Child Games that they founded.  The two guys seem to live balanced lives as the two almost rely on one another with their strengths and weaknesses. However, they both share very unusual and common problem: bad and awkward relationships with their fathers starring Peter Riegert as David Sachs (Eli’s dad) and Martin Mull as Crawford Whittemore (Warner’s dad).  The source has just the basic information, but it is 100% correct because (well) the sitcom is one of Fox’s new shows.

The main theme of Dads is about lost honor; the show simply conveys the slow and painful process of rebuilding that father-son relationship.   According to The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy section (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/09/17/seth-macfarlanes-dads-is-bad-but-could-it-have-been-worse/), that process goes through a collection of racist content.  This source seems dependable as it went through a thorough analysis of the show’s pilot episode revealing apparent details like Warner’s dad greatly confusing about Chinese and Japanese cultures at inappropriate moments.  In addition, the source tried to get commentary from Fox and they declined.  Another theme may also be anti-social mobility.  Even though the show’s most basic was to be funny, there seems to be some negativity in regards to the work environment;  one of the other characters, Veronica (Brenda Song), is forced to dress up as a schoolgirl to appeal to the Japanese businessmen during a presentation.  Probably the most explicit theme would be father antipathy.  Huffpost TV (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/how-bad-is-dads_n_3938375.html) said, “The truth is, viewers who celebrate MacFarlane as well as those who revile him should be equally dismayed by ‘Dads’ ”.  This source goes into a little more detail how “Dads” just another “Family Guy-themed” story.

The many elements that make the show suggests that “Dads” was meant was for people 16-17 years of age and over.  Again, the content presented in the sitcom is something that would be frowned upon if children or teenagers were to extrapolate from it.  The advertisements that were grouped with each episode also contributed to the type of audience that should be watching this show.  They were ads on different jewelry commercials revealing opportunities for couples to get that perfect ring for the significant other.  Another topic that showed up in the ads were many technological-themed commercials.  For example, they were many Sprint and Best Buy commercials that features opportunities for a person to go out and something expensive for one’s family (somewhat contradictory to the show’s personality).  Also these commercials were probably to get people ready for the upcoming holiday season.  However, there were few advertisements that about insurance and pet products that tied with the small family values that the TV show conveyed.  Another example would be the IAMS dog food commercial showed that family relationships are always strong despite the long term separation.  Overall, the TV programming as well as the TV show itself exhibited a message of gradual understanding; it takes time for someone to appreciate for what they truly have.

Even though “Dads” is not a very original show,  the sitcom was very amusing.  Broadcasting and Cable (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/496253-Fox_Picks_Up_Dads_for_Full_Season.php) reported that the show is getting nine more episodes.   The site talked about the future development of this new show.  It provided sufficient information that Fox needed a multi-camera show instead of their single-camera dramas.  Again, not a great show, but it does provide entertainment for people to kill some time.

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How Bad Is 'Dads'?

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NEW YORK -- What's all the fuss about "Dads"? This new Fox sitcom has drawn more than its share of attention leading up to its launch Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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Huffpost TV said, “The truth is, viewers who celebrate MacFarlane as well as those who revile him should be equally dismayed by ‘Dads’ ”.  This source goes into a little more detail how “Dads” just another “Family Guy-themed” story.

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Dads on FOX

Dads on FOX | Dads | Scoop.it
DADS follows two successful guys – and childhood best friends – now in their mid-30s, whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their inappropriate and pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in.
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This site was obvious to go to since Fox was airing the TV show.  It basically revealed what the show is about.

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Seth MacFarlane’s 'Dads' Is Bad--But Could It Have Been Worse? - Speakeasy - WSJ

Seth MacFarlane’s 'Dads' Is Bad--But Could It Have Been Worse? - Speakeasy - WSJ | Dads | Scoop.it
Most critics agree Fox's sitcom "Dads" is bad. But an early script suggests the show, which has been criticized by some for being anti-Asian, could have been even more controversial.
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This source seems dependable as it went through a thorough analysis of the show’s pilot episode revealing apparent details like Warner’s dad greatly confusing about Chinese and Japanese cultures at inappropriate moments.  In addition, the source tried to get commentary from Fox and they declined.

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Fox Picks Up 'Dads' for Full Season - 2013-10-25 23:01:00 | Broadcasting & Cable

Fox Picks Up 'Dads' for Full Season - 2013-10-25 23:01:00 | Broadcasting & Cable | Dads | Scoop.it
Seth MacFarlane produced sitcom joins fellow Tuesday comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine in getting back-nine order
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The site talked about the future development of this new show.  It provided sufficient information that Fox needed a multi-camera show instead of their single-camera dramas.

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