In order to bring balance to the force, I present some of my favorite dads in film an television, a companion piece to my one on moms which came out last month.
1. Alfred Pennyworth – Batman
Okay, I’m cheating a bit on this one. But Bruce Wayne is nothing if not Alfred’s son in spirit, and Alfred’s contributions to Wayne’s mission can not be denied.
2. The Man – The Road
Keeps his son safe and sane in virtually the worst circumstances imaginable.
3. Dad – About Time
Can you imagine a more idyllic childhood and family life than the one Tim got in About Time? Plus, he taught him how to time travel, to boot.
4. Jack Pearson – This is Us
Jack has had more effect on a television show than a dead man ever…well, since…
5. Ned Stark – Games of Thrones
…yeah, Ned Stark. The impact of his life lessons are still felt on the remaining Starks.
6. Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird
A paragon of morals and ethics.
7. Jim’s Dad – American Pie
Caught his son banging a pie, and was pretty chill about it.
8. Ron Swanson – Parks and Recreation
Ron became a father late in the series, and can you imagine a better one? Those kids will know how to properly cook meat and build their own house, at a minimum.
9. Mike Heck – The Middle
He may not say much, but he’s the rock the Heck family is built on, and almost always knows the right thing to do.
10. Sam Baldwin – Sleepless in Seattle
Picked up the pieces after the death of his wife, and even got together with the new mom his son picked out for him.
George Banks – Father of the Bride
Adam Braverman – Parenthood
Martin Crane – Frasier
Andy Taylor – The Andy Griffith Show
Eric Taylor – Friday Night Lights