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Top Ten TV Dads

0 Comments 08 June 2012

Shade Enthusiasts,

With Dad Day just around the corner the staff got together and really wanted to make something special for all the dad’s out there. I think we’ll all agree that with all the hub bub around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day often time gets swept under the rug. For the most part dad’s are cool with this. Because more than anything else they want anonymity. Then want a few hours to look back through the threshold of adult/parenthood to remember the times when they sat in their friend’s basement and drank beers, watch sports and made derogatory remarks about slightly attractive and/or fat girls. In other words…the good ole days.

While we can’t turn back the hands of time to fix any of your (potentially) bad life choices we CAN give you a list of some of our favorite TV dads.

#10 –  Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham T. Lubbock in Just The Ten Of Us: Your typical gym teacher/jock dad. He’ll teach you the right way to execute a bounce pass in the driveway and most likely will give you a beer at age 10 if the wife isn’t around

#9 – Alex Karras as George Papadapolis in Webster: He’s got to be a good guy. After all not just anybody adopts a kid. Plus something tells me he has an extensive reserve of Werthers. ADDED BONUS – check out this Karras commercial for Schlitz

#8 – John Goodman as Dan Connor in Roseanne: Just being man enough to have relations is worthy of recognition. BUT, mark my words, when its all said and done and John Goodman passes on and we start seeing retrospectives of his career we’ll all say “Damn, I didn’t realize how awesome he was”. You heard it on The Shade first.

#7 – Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad: Yes, its a sexy, current choice BUT Breaking Bad is an amazing show. Period. And it wouldn’t be without Cranston. Plus who wouldn’t want to have Walt as a dad? He’s a goddam badass and can score you some decent cush if you’re in a pinch before an Aerosmith show.


#6 – Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey in The Shield: A bit of an element similar to our #7 pick with more in-your-face badassness. Having Mackey has your dad would give you some serious street cred in the post school parking lot fight scene.

#5 – Bernie Mac as Bernie Mac in The Bernie Mac Show: Just read that first line over again and realize how awesome it is. No further explanation is necessary. RIP Bernie.

# 4 – Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza in Seinfeld: Very rarely can a tertiary character completely dominate episodes of a show like Frank Costanza did during Seinfelds reign. With his performances Stiller moved into elite company in that he could just walk into a room and I couldn’t keep it together. So expressive, so angry and so anxious. LOVE IT.

#3 – Homer Simpson in The Simpsons: At this point Homer Simpson is an American Icon. He’s such an accurate embodiment of the current state of the American spirit its scary. Honest, somewhat hard-working, blindingly loyal to his family, and in the end always wants to do right (as long as it doesn’t take too much time and effort). What a guy

# 2 – Ed O’Neil as Al Bundy in Married With Children: #1 and #2 were a struggle. If you score 4 touchdowns in one half (as Al did with Polk High) it really gives you carte blanche to do whatever the hell you want with the rest of your life. But with a whore daughter, loser son, sex-crazed aging wife and disgustingly yuppie neighbors I’d say Al was pretty well adjusted.

#1 – Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker in All In The Family: Just the best. Any son under his tutelage would be on a great work and life trajectory. I think we’d all be better off if we could sit down and have a beer with Archie at the end of every day.


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