The wisdom of a father is not something that can be taught. It is something that is cultivated through the work of raising children and having a family of your own. Since the beginning of time dads have been looked to for advice and guidance by their children.
However, if there is one male figure that is equally as important to a child as their actual father it is a TV Dad. The role of a TV Dad is one of the most vital in our society. Without even knowing it TV Dads teach and guide the life paths of generations through humor and insight that only a dad would know.
With Father’s Day this weekend we pay homage to those dads that have graced our television screens and influenced our lives we weighs we cannot measure.
Mike’s calmness was only surpassed by his love for his sons and stepdaughters. While Mike didn’t always make the best decisions at the barbershop (his disco-style, fro-ish curls were borderline cringe worthy), he often acted as a lifeline for his kids when guidance was needed.
“As a wise man once said, “Wherever you go, there you are.”
Red would just as soon kick you, as he would hug you. But, it cannot be disputed that Red provided valuable insight on how to survive the hardships of the real world.
“When my time comes I want to be buried face down. That way whoever doesn’t like me can kiss my ass.”
For brief instants Homer’s stupidity and simplicity gave us moments of insight and wisdom that I’m sure he was completely unaware of.
“I dunno what to tell you, Marge! I don’t think about things. I mean, I respect those who do, but… I just try and make the day not hurt until I can crawl back in with you.”
Dr. Heathcliff ‘Cliff’ Huxtable
This kind-hearted, dedicated family man used his humor to keep us in line. Cliff taught us respect and made sure that children knew their role in the family.
“A long, long time ago, three to four generations ago, parents didn’t talk much to their children. At four A.M, the father would come home, look at his son sleeping, wake him up and say “Boy, go out and plough the field now”. And the boy would rub his eye and say “Yes, pa”. And occasionally, the son would ask the father how much he’d get paid. And the father grabbed the plough, and ran over his son.”
Phil constantly shows us that being an adult doesn’t mean the fun is over. However, it’s his moments of passionate seriousness that teach us the truly important lessons.
“You don’t tell a man on the throes of passion for Celine Dion to grow a pair. The ship sank, but her heart will go on!”
Frank was always a bit zany in his parenting style (which explains a lot about George). Through all the screaming rants, when you thought Frank was one moment away from passing out, he got us thinking about life on a higher level.
“Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who’s having sex with the hen?”