Comedies often make fun of short people, especially men, for the sake of a laugh. They may portray short people in one of three ways:

Below are a few examples of how television has portrayed short men during the past quarter century. They are listed in reverse chronological order. We hope the future will bring more examples of Type 3 short people. Hollywood can well afford to sacrifice a few laughs for some bold social statements, as they have done for other socially impoverished groups.