As we countdown to Father’s Day (06/21) – here’s our continuing look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.
TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)
Archie Bunker (1970’s)
Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O’Connor) was TV’s most morally offensive character – long before being morally offensive was popular. A working class father from Queens, Archie sat in his striped armchair, dispensing his always loud, usually bigoted opinions about people and politics. Pivotal to the show were Archie’s daily spars with son-in-law Michael (AKA “Meathead”), whose liberal views and perennial student status were fodder for Archie’s slurs.
Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).