NBC Clueless About Showing Guys With Kids


by Dan Treadway
Okay, so I might be not giving NBC enough credit for the amount of preparation that went into the creation of their new show “Guys with Kids.” But I don’t think I’m that far off.

The show, which premiered about a month ago, focuses on three “dudes” taking on the responsibilities of fatherhood. Indeed, “whether it’s hosing down their babies in the kitchen sink or hitting the bar strapped with ‘babybjorns,’ these guys are taking on fatherhood in ways no one has ever seen before.”

Yes, as hilarious as the idea of hanging out with your newborn in a bar is, I’m afraid NBC is facing a tiny issue with this premise: It’s the year 2012.

Dads raising and even *gasp!* staying home with their children isn’t whimsical or noteworthy, it’s a growing, long-coming reality. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2011, only 18 percent of families have the husband serving as the lone wage-earner. In addition, roughly 29 percent of wives earn more than their husbands, a number that has steadily increased almost every year since 1987. As the New York Times recently reported, in the last decade, “the number of men who have left the work force entirely to raise children has more than doubled.”

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