To every guy out there, the very real future of fatherhood looms in front of us. Sure, to some it might happen more quickly than to others, but either way, unless you’re shooting blanks, it’s coming. Pun very much intended.
Here is a (maybe not so expected) list of the top 5 TV dads that all men should aspire to be one day:
1) Alan Matthews
Alan is a cherished hero to any young man who grew up alongside Cory and Shawn in one of the greatest TV shows ever made, Boy Meets World. Whether he was doling out fatherly advice to everyone, even kids that weren’t his, or skydiving out of a plane just to bond with his kids, Alan was a standup Dad. I’m sure everyone remembers the episode where Cory yells at Alan that he doesn’t want to just be average, and that he is more than the son of a grocer (back before Allen bought the hunting/camping store). Alan took this to heart and later made Cory go on a walk with him to his very first home. He explains to Cory that he is proud of what he has built for his family and that there is nothing wrong with being “just average.” The episode later ends with Cory interrupting his sister Morgan at a talent and turning her performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings” into a duet for Alan. You’re our hero too, Allen.
2) Uncle Jesse
Danny Tanner? No. Dude was a stiff. Uncle Jesse brought the party in every way possible. Back before he cut his hair and ran the Smash Club, he was running a train on girls in his brother-in-law’s house in San Fran. Then he tied the knot with TV Anchor Rebecca Donaldson, had adorable twins, and still managed to stay a rockstar. He had things so under control that he didn’t even have to move out once he got married or had kids. Motorcycle? Check. Skydiving? Check. Hot wife? Check. The only thing I think we can agree on is that only he could pull off the leather pants. Future dads out there, don’t try that one.
3) Roger Sterling
This may come as a shocker to a lot of people, because what is there to envy about Roger’s role as a Dad? He had a kid out of wedlock with the office secretary and his own child hated him for screwing up her wedding. He also then took his tiny grandson to the theater to see Planet of the Apes. By all standards, that’s a bad father. But allow me to point this out – he is a father when he wants to enjoy his kids, and he is a rich, successful ad man who at the age of 60 can still get as many women as he’d like. Roger, we salute you. Keep on playing.
4) Rick Grimes
Okay, you might be saying “this guy is full of shit” right about now. The dude from The Walking Dead? Really? Yes, really. Rick knows how to handle a weapon and protect people. Ask anyone around, aside from Daryl Dixon, he is the biggest badass on the show.
5) Walter White
Jesse Pinkman may have most recently called this man the devil, but I disagree. Why would any one of us want his life? Dude has cancer. Yes, he does, but I don’t see it slowing him down too much (yet). Let’s dissect Walter a bit, shall we? He finds out that he has lung cancer and has a baby coming. He is poor. He missed out on his opportunity to be a billionaire when he sold his stake in a company he and his college friends built, so add in a lifetime of regret into the already baby and cancer-filled situation. Now he discovers that he can cook crystal meth better than anyone. Boom. There is his money problem. His entire motive was so save money for his family for after he is gone. That makes him a caring dad. Sure, he goes into remission and continues the meth business but who doesn’t get a little greedy sometimes? If any one of us found out we had a very short life expectancy and had a family to provide for, why not go out in a blaze of glory like Walter is surely on his way to do. For a man that has lived a lifetime of good, he is breaking down barriers and quite simply put, Breaking Bad.
All of these dads range from excellent, standardized father figures of the 90s to modern day heroes in some form or another. Maybe the last few aren’t the stereotypical “World’s Greatest Dad” recipients by societal standards, but they bring more to the table than people see. To any guys out there questioning this list, let’s think about how these men manage to provide for people while still having fun. Isn’t that what life is all about? Damn right it is.