A Few Great Fathers in TV & Film

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Father’s Day is upon us. In a grand tradition where we go to our Fathers, and say “Thanks for being there, here’s a tie – or in some households a beer.” All kidding aside it is a day to show appreciation to the man of the house. How am I going to do that? By talking about some of my favorite dads in pop culture. This is just a list, if you have a favorite that you wish we talked about make sure to put it in the comments below. There are way, way too many great father characters to talk about, and there’s no way I could write about all of them.


Great Fathers

  • Al Bundy (Married with Children)Al_Bundy

    • Al may not seem like a great choice when you think of a great father. However, the man made sure his family was taken care of and cared for day in / day out. Going to a job that he hated in order to keep food on the table. Despite all the headaches that his family was, he never ran away. In one episode of the show where Al fears the old brown family Dodge had been stolen, because the car was really red and hadn’t been washed for years. Al freaks out because one of the most important items to his life are in the car. Despite the jokes of nudie magazines and whatnot, the item in question is in fact a picture of his family.


  •  Bryan Mills (Taken)Bryan_Mills

    • The dad you don’t F with. When I was thinking of which characters I wanted to include on this list, the message on my voice mail cleared it up. “I don’t know who you are, or if I’m on your list of great fathers? I do know that I have a particular set of skills, skills that I have acquired over the years. Skills that make me a nightmare to people like you. If you put me on the list that will be the end of it. If you don’t I will look for you, I will find you, and I will make you regret your choice.” After seeing the skills at work in the film Taken, and how much he shows that you don’t screw with Bryan’s family, I wasn’t about to leave him off this one.


  • Daniel Hillard (Mrs. Doubtfire)Mrs_Doubtfire

    • Daniel starts out as kind of a deadbeat. It takes having his kids taken away from him to really get his act into gear. This is a very true thing that happens in the real world, sometimes your father isn’t great until he’s lost it all. Daniel goes that extra step to do whatever it takes to be part of his kids lives. Dressing up in drag, and portraying their new nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, to comedic – and not very successful – results.


  • Tim Taylor (Home Improvement)Tim_Taylor

    • Tim fits the proper mold of a true father. Always there for his family, a role model to his children, stood by his wife in a partnership, and is not perfect when it comes to doing all of it. Tim loves all things macho, tools, “er” cars, “er UH” and sports “Er RUH RUH ERR”. Family came first and he was willing to find a solution when he was wrong and messed up, which was often.


  • Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)Phil_Dunphy

    • Phil is one of the most devoted fathers on television. He uses a parenting method that he calls “peerenting”, which is a combination of talking like a peer, but acting like a parent. Phil is portrayed as a good person who does his best to make sure his kids are taken care of. Phil is often obsessive over being his kids’ best buddy, which falls short especially as his kids go through puberty.He may be quirky, but when it comes down to it his kids love and adore their father.


  • Mufasa (Lion KingMufasa

    • He may be a cartoon lion, but he is one of the greatest father figures in all of pop-culturedom. Teaching his son what is required to be a rightful ruler, and how to make sure to take care of everyone from an early age. He looked to instill core values from the start. In effect, passing on the respect, honor, and strength that is looked for when looking at a father figure. Though he was taken far too early, what he left behind had a lasting impact.


  • Philip Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)Uncle_Phil

    • Uncle Phil was a great father to his own kids. He provided for them and made sure that they had the proper mindset. Not letting the factor that they were rich go to their head, rather you had to work for your success. Not only did he take care of his own kids, but became a surrogate father to his nephew Will. Teaching another young man how to be a proper person, and not a hooligan. There’s a scene in one of the episodes were Will breaks down to Uncle Phil about his own father not being there for him. Realizing his biological father is a deadbeat, and the love he had in return from his Uncle Phil.


  • Red Forman (That 70s Show)Red_Forman

    • Sometimes just speaking your mind, and saying how it is makes you a great father. That’s what Red had an abundance of. Never shying away from just being brutally honest. It was a very tough love kind of speaking, but we all need a little tough love every once in awhile. He knew when to tell someone to stop being stupid, and didn’t shy away from it “Dumbass!”.


  • Willis Davidge (Enemy Mine) Willis_Davidge

    • Davidge shows that not just being blood related makes you a great father, but the adoptive fathers are just as important. In a film where two species are fighting a war against each other, and having nothing but hate for each other. Willis rises above the hatred. Becoming a father to a different species, and even puts his life on the line to care for the child. A great showing of rising above hate and racism, and that love is just love.


  • Samuel Faulkner ( 9 Months) Samuel_Faulkner

    •  This is for all those guys that are just becoming a father. The thought of bringing life into the world isn’t always going to be easy, and it’s not going to make everything exciting. A lot of times it will be super stressful, also far scarier when looked at from different scenarios. Samuel gives us both sides of that. Showing what it takes to just swallow your pride, and take on that new wonderful role that has been thrown in your lap. It’s not always easy but it’s worth it.


Who else should be on the list?

This was just a few great father figures, and I’m not saying any are better then the others. We would love to hear from you. Who else should be on this list, also why do you feel they are a great father?  Let us know in the comments below. You can also tell us your favorite fathers from T.V. & Film on Facebook or Twitter.

Have a wonderful and happy Father’s Day!!!



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5 thoughts on “A Few Great Fathers in TV & Film

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    June 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    You know for a 90s throwback I would have thrown Eric Camden on here, but the actor that played him kind of ruined that. Same with Cosby. ugh. But you could throw Bob Saget from Full house on here. Danny was a dork but a pretty decent single father

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      June 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      So many great dad’s I wish I could have written about all of them

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    June 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Ah, Enemy Mine. One of those “must see” movies because of how personal they made it, and how palpable the struggle to survive. It felt like a freakin’ World War II classic, but it was Sci-Fi!


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