Have you noticed how TV Dad’s get a raw deal? They are often portrayed as stupid, the butt of everyone’s jokes in the sitcoms. In the soaps they are usually the bad guy. Even in cartoons the Dads are not treated much better. Take Daddy Pig for instance, he’s overweight and grumpy and can’t even hang a picture properly.
So bearing this in mind I’m going to choose five of my favourite TV Dads to share with you, and lets see if we can find some good qualities in them and present them with a best Dad Award.
My Hero – George Sunday
This Dad was actually a superhero, Thermoman, from the planet Ultron. He lived on earth under the guise of loveable George Sunday with his wife Janet and two children Cassie and Ollie. George was a really nice guy but he often had trouble understanding humans and their earthly customs creating some funny moments. The character flips from being Thermoman, here to save the world, to a normal family figure. His children also have superpowers and can talk from when they are born.
So, although he messes up a lot, it’s not because he’s a bad person, it’s because he is an alien superhero.
I present George Sunday with the Award for Best Superhero Dad
The Simpsons – Ned Flanders
Ned Flanders is the neighbour of The Simpsons. He is friendly and compassionate and considered a pillar of the community. Ned was married to Maude who died in a freak accident. They had two sons Rodd and Todd, that Ned is left to care for. A devout Christian Ned Flanders is a truly nice guy who would do anything to help anyone, even donate his kidney.
Ned did once get drunk in Vegas with his neighbour Homer and end up marrying Ginger who later came to live with him. She left when she got sick of his sickly sweet personality.
So Ned’s only fault is that he is too ‘darn diddly sweet’
I present Ned Flanders with the Award for Best Single Parent Dad
Ok, I’m going out on limb here as this is a bit of a weird choice. However, I was a big Angel Fan and unbelievably, he did actually become a Dad to baby Connor.
Both Angel and Connor’s mother were Vampires and shortly after his birth he was kidnapped and taken to another hell-like dimension. (I did mention weird)
In this dimension time went faster and the baby grew quickly. He was brought up by his father’s nemesis and soon returned as a teenager to kill Angel.
Angel never wanted any harm to come to his son despite that he had returned more than a little crazy. To save him he arranged to have his son’s memory wiped so he could go and live a normal life with a regular human family.
I present Angel with the award for Dad Who Made The Biggest Sacrifice
My Family – Ben Harper
The Dad in this show was a dentist and a father of three. He was quite cynical and mistrusting of people and was bossed around by his wife and fleeced for money by his children. Altogether they are displayed as a dysfunctional family but really they often all work together to get each other out of trouble.
So, although Ben Harper would not really win any Dad of the year awards, he was always there for his kids, even if it was just to hand out the cash!
I present Ben Harper with the Award for Best Sardonic Dad.
The Royle Family – Jim Royle
The Royle family appear to spend their lives on the settee in front of the television. Jim Royle is lazy, ill-tempered and rude. He constantly rants at the television and his family and expects everyone to do everything for him. On occasions though, he shows a much more compassionate side, especially when his family are in trouble. The only time I really liked him as a Dad was in the Christmas special episode where his daughter Denise went into labour unexpectedly early and he was the only person home. He sat with her in the bathroom and comforted her until help arrived. He showed true compassion for a short while he remembered the time when she was born.
The Royle family are a regular family, nothing special, nothing strange, just portraying their every day life normal life.
I am presenting Jim Royle with the Award for Most Normal Dad
There you have it, my favourite Television Dads and the awards I would present to them. Do you remember them? Who would you choose as your favourite TV Dad?
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