As we celebrate the dads in our lives this Father's Day, Cheddar is taking a look back at some of the most iconic dads on television.
**Spoiler Alert: There will be spoilers here, so read at your own risk!
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC's 'Breaking Bad'
Walter White was a simple man. He was a high school chemistry teacher, husband, and father but that all changed after a cancer diagnosis. In fact, I am comfortable saying Walter White had one of the most wicked 180-degree character transformations in television history. The man we knew at the end of the series was a cold-hearted savage. While he might have started pushing crystal meth as a means to provide for his family after he was dead and gone, he grew to enjoy the thrill of the drug trade and everything that came along with it. Especially the power. Still, even in his last days, as a fugitive on the run, being a father trumped everything else in his life and tragically, he failed on that mission.
James Avery as Uncle Phil in NBC's 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
If there was a Mount Rushmore of TV dads, I think most people would agree that Uncle Phil deserves to be there. A successful lawyer turned judge, a father of four, and husband to an English professor. I can't leave out the fact Phil had done quite well for himself after relocating from Philadelphia to a mansion in Bel-Air. If there was a flaw to point out, I'd say he wasn't the best listener when it came to addressing the concerns of his kids. Still, there's an iconic scene from the series after Will's biological father once again abandoned him. Uncle Phil stepped up! Check out the scene below:
Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde in Netflix's 'Ozark'
Marty was a very interesting guy and certainly another iconic TV dad. I would say he made several questionable moves that often made you say, "Hmmm, something isn't quite right about this." For instance, willingly letting your children take part in your global drug ring is probably not the best idea. But I guess desperate times call for desperate measures? Like many other TV dads, Marty just wanted to set his family up to live perfect lives, and so what does he do? He launders money for a Mexican drug cartel. It sounds like the obvious choice, right? That is until it nearly got him and his entire family wiped off the face of the Earth. When a cartel boss knows the names of your children, you probably made some bad life choices. Still, I enjoyed the ride with Marty and the Byrdes.
Here's what Jason Bateman himself would do if he found himself at the mercy of a drug cartel:
Terry Crews as Julius Rock in UPN's 'Everybody Hates Chris'
Oh, Julius. That's pretty much all I can say when it comes to Chris Rock's TV dad; also known as the cheapest man alive! I think we've all met a Julius kind of man in our lifetime. He's the hardworking provider for a family of five, but he's also extra careful about every penny spent. I'm talking about a turning-the-alarm-clock-off-at-night-because-you're-running-up-the-electricity-bill type of person! It's just outrageous how frugal Julius was in this series. But Crews' comedic timing? Perfection. I highly suggest checking out this series if you're in the mood for non-stop laughter.
Bob Saget as Danny Tanner in ABC's "Full House"
First off, I have to say rest in peace to the legend that was Bob Saget. A hilarious, but raunchy, comedian in real life who was ironically loved by the masses largely in part due to his portrayal as the wholesome Danny Tanner. Danny was definitely in the upper echelon of TV dads because he was one of the few single dads on television at the time, figuring out parenthood on the fly. His wife Pam died at the hands of a drunk driver, and looking back, his situation was very tragic and sad. But it is what made him such a great personality in the series.