Earlier this week for our Thanksgiving holiday theme of Favorite TV Families, we gave our favorite TV moms some love, so now it's those TV dads' turn!
The roles of fathers on television have evolved over time like the roles of mothers have, though in different ways as mothers on TV often reflect the changes throughout time for women moving from trapped in the kitchen housewives to working moms, and so much more, while to be very general about it, TV dad roles have mostly changed in how involved dads are with the family and how he treats his work life and family life.
Since the times of Leave It to Beaver, dads are more involved with their kids, for the most part, than coming home to dinner on the table, and children clean and perfect. Back in the day we'd see dad check in with the family then continue working or play with briefly with the kids before bedtime.
As TV has progressed, we still see uninvolved dads who spend most of their time at work, but even those who do work a lot like the lovable Cliff Huxtable, Danny Tanner, or Eric Taylor are still shown very often having meaningful life chats and fun bonding moments with their children, showing that TV dads, just like real dads, have become more involved in their kids lives, no longer assuming children were meant to be left to their housewives to raise and care for... but then you always have your satirical dads like Peter Griffin who don't remember their kids' names - ah, the joy of our fav animated families knocking American life at all times.
So, caring and considerate or hilariously inattentive, here are some of our favorite TV dads, so check them out and comment with your own favorites!
The Cosby Show: Cliff Huxtable
Boy Meets World: Allen Matthews
The O.C.: Sandy Cohen
Full House: Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis
Family Matters: Carl Winslow
Who's the Boss?: Tony Micelli
Home Improvement: Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor
Friday Night Lights: Coach Eric Taylor
The Simpsons: Homer Simpson
Family Guy: Peter Griffin
American Dad!: Steve Smith
Arrested Development: George Bluth Sr., Michael Bluth
Gossip Girl: Rufus Humphrey
Kyle XY: Stephen Trager
Big Love: Bill Henrickson
That 70's Show: Red Forman
Married with Children: Al Bundy
Everybody Loves Raymond: Ray Barone, Frank Barone
Good Times: James Evans Sr.
The Brady Bunch: Mike Brady
Sanford & Son: Fred Sanford
Desperate Housewives: Carlos Solis
Ugly Betty: Ignacio Suarez
90210: Harry Wilson
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