Has there ever been an active (or non-active, even) bisexual male in a TV sitcom?
I've never seen one but then again, I don't really watch many sitcoms.
Dorothy on Golden Girls
Wasn't Billy Crystal on Soap with both men and women?
BTW was that show ever syndicated, despite being too young I'm usually an expert on 70s sitcoms...yet I've never seen that one.
Didn't Jody on "Soap" go from gay to dating women? Don't know if they ever actually called him bisexual. Of course, I think the character originally wore women's clothes and wanted a sex change so the writers' idea of gay was inaccurate to say the least.
And yet, R4, that was the most accurate and grounded representation of a gay man on television up to that point in time. And the closeted football player? That was supremely shocking to American audience... the notion that a gay guy could be a hot jock and athletic and good at sports.
So what was the first gay character ever? I thought the MTM where Phyllis finds out her brother was gay was the first.
BTW that was done so excellently. Phyllis' reaction and happiness that he was gay and not dating Rhoda was wonderful.
R3, SOAP used to play on Comedy Central years ago, but beyond that, I have never seen it pop up anywhere else.
Here is a link to an article listing some characters...
Found an article for you OP "Male Bisexuality on the Big and Small Screen: Is Visibility Slowly Improving?" (see link)
I don't watch a lot of TV either but the one example I could think of off the top of my head is an episode of Ally McBeal when Ally starts dating a bisexual guy (played by actor Mark Feuerstein) and then dumps him when he tells her he's bi because she's convinced his bisexuality would make it impossible for him to be faithful/monogamous.
Tobias Beecher and Chris Keller from Oz. Excellent show, btw.
The OP asked specifically about "Bisexual male in a TV sitcom".
That eliminates R8, R9, R11 and R12.
The guy on Dynasty. Fucked both men and Sammy Jo. And Claudia.
There's a sitcom called 'Homicide: Life on the Street'?
R14 Dynasty is not a sitcom.
Yes! John Barrowman's character on Dr.Who and Torchwood, Cpt. Jack Harkness. Not sitcoms, per se, but he was often very amusing.
It's sad there isn't an equivalent to Amy Farah Fowler on Big Bang Theory... a guy who is obviously attracted to the opposite sex, but also turned on by the same sex.
R13, since male bisexuality is so unfortunately rare on television, I figured I'd cast a wider net, and include all male bisexuals that I know of on TV. If the OP doesn't appreciate it, then I stand corrected.
Maybe because there's nothing inherently funny about a bisexual male.
[quote]The OP asked specifically about "Bisexual male in a TV sitcom". That eliminates R8.
I thought "The Starter Wife" was a sitcom. It certainly wasn't a drama.
[quote]If the OP doesn't appreciate it, then I stand corrected.
The OP doesn't appreciate it.
[quote]So what was the first gay character ever? I thought the MTM where Phyllis finds out her brother was gay was the first.
Possibly, or what about when Phil Carey played Archie's gay friend on AITF? Maybe that was the first.
SO OP's point was disproved, but still he will persist in feeling victimized.
The whole of Frasier was about bisexuals.
No, R26, it wasn't. It was about *Metrosexuals*.
God help me for knowing this, but Maulik Pancholy on Whitney. Just goes to prove the old adage that bisexuality is just a stepping stone to going back to 30 Rock
There was a character on Taxi who dated Elaine but was also interested in Tony.