''Bringing Up Father'' is a retired newspaper comic strip debuting in 1913 (written by George [=McManus=]) and ending in 2000, featuring the day-to-day life of "Jiggs", an Irish-American with a habit for drinking, brawling and being generally uncouth, and his long-suffering, abusive wife Maggie, who is constantly trying to get the family into "society". The over-reaching gag is that Jiggs prefers the simple life, eating corned beef and hash, drinking and partying with his buddies, and lazing about, while social-climbing Maggie beats him over the head with various utensils while attempting to force Jiggs into more civilized behavior- dressing up, meeting other rich folk, travelling the world, and more. Filling out the recurring cast is their daughter Catie, a pretty, but horrifically spoiled, young woman who shares her mother's social-climbing tendencies, and recieves dozens of marriage proposals from wealthy Dukes, Generals, and businessmen.

More or less a comic strip version of a DomCom, with a healthy dose of ethnic-based humor (more European than anything), DomesticAbuse, and the everlasting image of the HenpeckedHusband.

!! This strip contains examples of:

* ArtEvolution: Maggie was initially very fat, and Jiggs was taller, burlier and hairier. Maggie eventually grew into a tall "old hen" build, while Jiggs grew more squat to make Maggie's beatings seem more believable.
** Also, Jiggs' best pal Dinty Moore was drawn differently in nearly every instance for no apparent reason.
* BrotherChuck: Maggie and Jiggs had a son in the first couple strips. He quickly vanished, not really working within the confines of the strip (which worked best with two women admonishing him).
* DomesticAbuse: Played heavily for laughs as a major running gag. Maggie frequently beat Jiggs with frying pans, rolling pins, and whatever else was available when he displeased her.
** Parodied by ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' with "Bringing Back Father", where the domestic abuse was played seriously.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: The strip just wouldn't work without this.
* HenpeckedHusband: Jiggs is one of the almighty versions of this, constantly being berated by his wife (and daughter) to act more civilized to get them into "society".
* LocalHangout: Dinty Moore's tavern is Jiggs' favorite haunt.
* NoNameGiven: It seems that the family name is "Jiggs" sometimes, but it isn't very clear. And then, one wonders what Jiggs' ''first'' name is.
* RuleOfFunny: Many gags blatantly ignored continuity, which wasn't seen as that important. Jiggs and Maggie would often suddenly be unable to read for the sake of a gag (being unable to order at a restaurant), when they were shown reading a newspaper only strips earlier.
* RunningGag: Several. Most common is Jiggs' constant (though mainly accidental) befuddling of Maggie's attempts to civilize him, and the resultant beating. Others include Jiggs running out to drink (filling various things with alcohol).
* ShownTheirWork: George [=McManus=] was a ''very'' thorough researcher, designing all the women's clothes based off of the latest Parisian fashions.
* SocialClimber: Maggie.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jiggs loves corned beef with cabbage. Justified in-universe by him being a first-generation Irish-American.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Jiggs and Maggie are hideous, cartoonish exaggerations, while their daughter Catie is drawn as a typical turn-of-the-century beautiful chorus girl.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The strip's second year featured the outbreak of hostilities, and it was referenced quite often (the characters had just ended a large world tour).