To celebrate the upcoming Fathers Day, Currys have asked bloggers to list their top TV Dads.
As this is also part of a competition to win a very sweet TV, I figured I would join in. I would admit, it wasn’t easy – Dads aren’t shown in the greatest of light in the media, but hopefully you enjoy my list of Dads I settled on…
Yes. The Dad from Friends. In a TV Show that many people growing up in the 90s / 2000s grew up with, Jack Geller was one character that some how managed to be simultaneously clueless, yet totally on the ball. A man without a clue, yet he actually knew all that was happening. A man of few words… and the words he said often were not great.
There was one constant, even though he screwed up every now and then – he loved his kids.
Wilfred “Wilf” Mott
Doctor Who, a TV series that has been going for over 50 years featuring a character that is described in the show as “…like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun… ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe.” It’s no wonder that we never got to see a father figure in the Doctors life.
Then we met “Wilf”. The Grandpa of the Doctors companion, these two seemed to hit it off from the moment they first met, to having the ability to have this father / son style chat:
Hear me out on this, but there is a point of view that Darth is a good father, that is trapped in an impossible situation. Empire Strikes Back is filled with evidence that shows this:
- He tests that being frozen in carbonite will not kill his son, by testing it on his daughters boy friend.
- Darth totally had Luke on the walk way (in the below clip), if he really wanted to kill he really could have done.
- (In the below clip) When Luke was hanging out on the edge, Darth was holding out his hand to help. Could we even argue that Luke was throwing a toddler-like strop by backing away from him?
There’s also that bit in “Return of The Jedi” where he kills his obviously well paying boss in order to help his son out.
Could Darth Vader in fact be the best TV Dad* ever?
*I’m arguing that Darth Vaders appearance in the TV special “Star Wars Holiday Special”, and upcoming Star Wars Rebels episodes, qualifies him as a “TV Dad”.
Homer Simpson. Man. Husband. Father. Legend.
Not a great cook.
Homer is there for those guys who are caught between just wanting a quiet life, and wanting to do the right thing for the people he loves. Whilst you wonder at times if he wanted a wife and kids, he’s still going to try and look after them. His relationship with Bart might be “interesting” at times, but when he upsets Lisa, he’ll do anything to make it right.
Its the episodes that focus on Maggie, that show us what Homer is really willing to do for his family. This is a guy that will stay in a job that he hates, in order to look after them. And its photos of Maggie that give him hope, that he’s doing the right thing.
I think, Maggie, who never talks in the series… kinda knows:
The seventh series of Doctor Who included the storyline of the Doctors companions trying to juggle a normal life while travelling with the Doctor. While the Doctor symbolised their life amongst the stars, we met the guy that symbolised their life at home.
Brian Williams, a normal bloke. Helpful. Practical. Trustworthy. Useful around the house, and a waterer of plants. A guy that loved his son and daughter in law. In the short time we knew him, the Dad of Rory Williams showed himself to be a bit of a legend.
Because he felt it was best for them, he convinced Amy and Rory to keep travelling with the Doctor.
He never saw them again. Amy and Rory became stuck in New Yorks past, and died there.
Brian Williams, only found out about the death of his son (and the existence of a Grandson) in this unfilmed scene.
The immediate acceptance of the new family member, shows what being a dad is all about. (Yes… I may welling up with big manly tears at the above)
Who would you have included in your list of top TV Dads?
Please see the currys website for further details on the competition.