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Free Content Two men and a moustache: Masculinity, nostalgia and bromance in The Good Guys

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Abstract:

The 2010 Fox series The Good Guys presents a replay of the buddy cop relationship that promotes male bonding while self-consciously acknowledging its homoerotic overtones. This article explores The Good Guys as a text that somewhat ambiguously promotes hybrid masculinities while reinscribing other racial and gender stereotypes. The Good Guys illustrates, and challenges, both previous and present concepts of masculine performance; at the same time, its affectionately cartoonish action-genre tropes suggest masculine wish fulfilment and nostalgia for the not-too-distant ‘good old days’ always just out of reach.

Keywords: bromance; gender; homosociality; masculinity; television

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jptv.1.1.69_1

Affiliations: Red Deer College

Publication date: April 1, 2013

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