From the days of “The Cosby Show” to today’s “Parenthood,” TV sitcoms have featured a wide-range of dads that reveal our society’s outlook on fatherhood.
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Alexis C. Madrigal wrote in detail about this in an article for The Atlantic, explaining how dads have been portrayed recently as bumbling idiots who are more often than not the punchline of a joke.
But what dads on TV have inspired and helped their children? Here’s a look at eight dads that have had a positive impact in sitcoms:
Danny Tanner — “Full House”
Bob Saget played the lovable father Danny Tanner, an OCD, cleaning-obsessed father of three who got help from his brother-in-law Jesse and friend Joey. Tanner, who made Life & Style’s list of top TV dads, constantly reminded his kids of the correct moral path, and never dabbled in bad decisions.
Alan Matthews — “Boy Meets World”
Father of Corey Matthews, Alan Matthews raised not only his two sons and daughter, but also Corey’s friend Shawn. Alan Matthews was always bringing his kids back down to earth and helping them get through life’s harder moments. In fact, Alan Matthews' work is what made his TV son, Corey, into a man, leading to him having his own children in new Disney sitcom "Girl Meets World," according to The Portland Press Herald.
Jason Seaver — “Growing Pains”
On the show, he played a father. Off the screen, he actually is a father -- of Robin Thicke, one of society’s biggest pop stars. Alan Thicke was known for portraying a stern and aggressive father figure on “Growing Pains,” keeping his young son Mike Seaver (played by Kirk Cameron) in line and maintaining order in his family. According to People Magazine, there’s a chance that the “Growing Pains” cast will be reuniting.