Sunday, June 15, 2014, is Father’s day. It is a holiday that is celebrated internationally. However, the date is different across the globe. Basically, Father’s day is celebrated year round. At first, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were not national holidays in the United States. During the 20th century, Father’s Day became an official holiday after Mother’s Day. Both holidays celebrate parenthood. You do not have to be a child’s biological father to celebrate this day. Adoption, foster care, and surrogacy make this holiday a little complicated. I’m sure Hallmark is hard at work creating tasteful cards suitable for unique circumstances. Parenthood is not always easy, but it is the best job out there. Sometimes, Parents need encouragement. Working through different stages of a child’s life is challenging. This is evident in many family sitcoms. In a way, these shows give father’s a template on how to deal with different situations. This is why we are honoring TV dads.
[ New Page=10. Philip Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) ]
10. Philip Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Not only was Philip Banks an engaged protective father of his children, he took on the fatherly role with his nephew Will. When Will needed him, he was there. As he listened to Will’s angry monologue about his birth father, he listened with pain and hugged him. That makes Philip Banks a real man and a great father to start off the list.
[ New Page=9. Tim Taylor (Home Improvement) ]
9. Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)
Tim the “Tool Man” Taylor is an excellent TV dad, because he spends time with his kids, communicates with his wife, and is good with a tool box. Sometimes he can make the situation worse, but he means well.
[ New Page=8. Michael Kyle (My Wife and Kids) ]
8. Michael Kyle (My Wife and Kids)
Michael reminds me of Cliff. Both men are comedians. Only, they cover different time periods. I would consider Michael to be a modern father. He can be over protective and overbearing. If his children make mistakes, he is there to support them. He gives them the opportunity to be an adult about it as well.
[ New Page=7. George Lopez (George Lopez) ]
7. George Lopez (George Lopez)
You do not see many Latino families on television today. You can still catch George Lopez on Nick at Night. He doesn’t represent Latinos as a whole, but it is a start.
[ New Page=6. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) ]
6. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
Hey, no one said he had to be a person. Homer Simpson is a blue collar worker. He isn’t the brightest tool in the shed, but he loves his family. For the most part, he is able to give his family a middle class lifestyle. Honestly, I’m surprised he still has custody of Bart. All that public strangling had to turn heads.
[ New Page=5. Reverend Eric Camden (7th Heaven) ]
5. Reverend Eric Camden (7th Heaven)
Being a church official and a parent can be challenging. Since he has a spiritual responsibility to the church and family, he has to balance the two. It is a juggling act of when it is appropriate to be a reverend and a father. He does not agree with all of his children’s choices, but he is there for them.
[ New Page=4. Paul Hennessy (8 Simple Rules) ]
4. Paul Hennessy (8 Simple Rules)
In a way, Paul Hennessy is like a Homer. He is an active father, but he doesn’t always take life seriously.
[ New Page=3. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) ]
3. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Ray is not the liveliest person in the world. Most of the time he looks overwhelmed. It is not easy living next door to a mother who is constantly making digs at your wife. Through it all, he takes care of his family and his kids.
[ New Page=2. Bernie Mac (Bernie Mac) ]
2. Bernie Mac (Bernie Mac)
Raising your own kids is tough, raising someone else is harder. Bernie Mac uses his mother’s methods and wife’s suggestions to help these kids make it. Since he is their uncle, it can put him in a tough position. He isn’t their father, but he is a male figure in their life that provides discipline, love, and consistency.
[ New Page=1. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show) ]
1. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
The number one TV dad goes to…Cliff Huxtable. Mr. Huxtable is active in all of his children’s lives. He is open with his children about his past. Plus, he is a funny guy.