Bringing Up Father


Genre: humor

Created in: 1913

Bringing Up Father is an American comic strip created by cartoonist George McManus. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, it ran for 87 years, from January 12, 1913, to May 28, 2000.

The humor centers on an immigrant Irishman named Jiggs, who came into wealth in the United States by winning a million dollars in a sweepstakes. Now nouveau-riche, he still longs to revert to his former working class habits and lifestyle. His constant attempts to sneak out with his old gang of boisterous, rough-edged pals, eat corned beef and cabbage and hang out at the local tavern were often thwarted by his formidable, social-climbing (and rolling-pin wielding) wife, Maggie.

Maggie is middle-class Irish American whose desire to assimilate into mainstream society. Her goal is to bring father (the lowbrow Jiggs) "up" to upper class standards, hence the title, Bringing Up Father. Jiggs, for his part, continually resists and frustrates her efforts.

class differences; daily strip; domestic humor; immigrants; Irish immigrants; Irish-Americans; middle class family; newspaper strip; nouveau-riche; social climbing; working class family

Feature Relations

as feature in other language: Fiinbeck og Fia (Norwegian)
as feature in other language: Gyldenspjæt (Danish)
as feature in other language: Gyllenbom (Swedish)
as feature in other language: Herr Schmerbauch (German)
as feature in other language: Schmerbauch (German)
as feature in other language: Vater will nicht (German)