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)
Steven Keaton (1980’s)
Steven Keaton (played by Michael Gross) was the liberal, loving dad to three in Family Ties (1982-1989). Both Steven and wife Elyse were former flower children trying to reconcile their now suburban lifestyle with a soulful quest to “do good” in the world. Steven found an outlet for his altruism in his career – running the public TV station; but at home, this former hippy was constantly foiled by eldest son Alex “P.” Keaton, a hard-core Reagan Republican.
Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).