There seems to be a recurrent theme in British comedy, amusing as it often is, the most amusing comedy seems to involve men with gross personality problems. I wonder why we can’t laugh at women in the same way? Some kind of subconscious privilege perhaps?
My experience growing up at the time when many of these programs aired was of hearing a lot of criticisms of men and their many perceived failings. Just something to think about.
As with our legal system, the mass media is much about man bashing. I suspect our patrilocal tribal history gave rise to this tendency to put other men down. It’s not something I want to encourage but then risking being seen as a joke is a strong social incentive to not behave like a dick.
Absolutely Fabulous seems to of been something of an exception and a late arrival.