With Father's Day right around the corner, we have dug deep into our costume caverns to bring you some of the best fatherly advice ever given by some of our favorite TV dads.
When you think of great father figures, you probably won't view Homer Simpson as one of the most stalwart examples. If you look beyond Homer's general lazy ignorance, however, you can see that Homer's had moments when his heart appeared to be pure gold. Fool's gold, perhaps, but still gold nonetheless. For example, there was one memorable episode when Homer was told he had but one day to live. What did Homer do? He gave a heartfelt man-talk to his son Bart, spent time listening to Lisa play her saxophone, and even made a video message for his baby girl Maggie. Here are a few other precious gems of advice from Homer Simpson!
“Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.”
“Kids are great, Apu. You can teach them to hate the things you hate, and they practically raise themselves now-a-days, you know, with the Internet and all.”
“Marge, there's an empty spot I've always had inside me. I tried to fill it with family, religion, community service, but those were dead ends! I think this chair is the answer.”
“Don't eat me. I have a wife and kids. Eat them.”
“Movies are the only escape from the drudgery of work and family … No offense.”
“It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to squeeze in 8 hours of TV a day.”
“What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts. “
“Remember as far as anyone knows; we're a nice normal family.”
“Well, it's 1 a.m. Better go home and spend some quality time with the kids. “
“Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is another nail.”
"I want to share something with you -- the three sentences that will get you through life. Number one, 'Cover for me.' Number two, 'Oh, good idea, boss.' Number three, 'It was like that when I got here.'"
You may be wondering why Gomez Addams would ever be considered a good father. When it comes to fatherly advice, there was no one like Gomez. Let's face it, how many fathers out there would prefer to have their children stay home from school than have them go to school each day? Gomez also clearly loved his wife Morticia--like no other, he's always fawning all over her, while giving his kids an up-close example of how to properly treat a spouse. Gomez was well dressed, super wealthy, smoked a nice stogie and sported a groovy mustache to boot--so what kid wouldn't love having this quirky guy for a father? He even let the kids play in his electric chair. Talk about letting the kids get away with murder--this TV dad likely would have encouraged it! Gomez was a real family man and simply could not stand being away from his kids, much preferring them to be nearby learning about important things such as breeding thoroughbred spiders.
“Isn't that sweet? They fell in love and intertwined. And then they choked each other.”
Herman Munster has a lot to offer when it comes to parenting. Although his daddy style was truly his own, Herman was always very patient and loving with his children. He also had a penchant for some very (almost embarrassing) corny jokes and used them unabashedly, usually only to his own delight.
Wanting always to attempt to do the right thing, Herman Munster would even try his hand at firm discipline from time to time which almost never got him anywhere, yet likely scored him some big points with his son, Eddie.
“Young man, I think we're just gonna have to suspend some of your privileges. No more standing in the closet, no more sleeping in Spot's cage and from now on every night, you're going to have to go to bed while it's still dark."
Mike Brady faced many challenges as a widower, the most difficult thing being blending his family of three young sons with Carol and her three lovely girls. Always a calm voice of reason, Mike Brady was a dedicated family man who spent much of his time working from home at his architecture business. No matter how busy Mr. Brady was, he always seemed to have a chance to offer up advice to whichever of his brood needed guidance.
No one can forget the time Mike Brady helped Jan to calm her nerves when she had to speak in public for a school debate. He explained to Jan that if she envisioned the audience members all sitting there, watching her in their underwear, it would make them seem less intimidating.
“When you get up in front of those VIP's, you picture them sitting their in their underwear.”
“By tattling on your friends, you're really just tattling on yourself. By tattling on your friends, you're just telling them that you're a tattletale.”
“Exact words are hard to live by”
Let's face it. Fred Flintstone has been known to fly off the handle at times. His temper tantrums are the stuff of which cartoon legends are made, but in spite of his ability to lose his cool, Fred also is a very dedicated and doting father, with his heart almost always in the right place. For example, when Wilma was expecting Pebbles, Fred spent a lot of time practicing how he would get her to the hospital. He also moved his family to a better neighborhood, just because he wanted young Pebbles to have the best of everything. Additionally, no one takes more home videos than Fred Flintstone--just ask his friends who have had to watch them ad nauseum.
“Now let's get this straight, Rubble, I don't need permission from my wife to make a decision. In my cave, I reign supreme. Supreme! “
“Yabba, Dabba, do!”
Even though George Jetson could arguably be the most futuristic of our favorite TV dads, he's also one of the goofiest. Known for doing things like taking dance lessons just so he wouldn't embarrass his teenage daughter Judy at her upcoming party, George clearly has his priorities straight when it comes to wanting to make his family happy. Fun loving and apparently very hen-pecked, George wants his children to have culture, civility and to learn to be industrious, just like himself, even though for the most part, they pay little attention to him except when they need money. Even still, George manages to juggle family time with working for at Spacely Space Sprockets. Just because he has a flying car and a household robot, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's got it easy. Not all household problems are solvable with modern technology, and George continues to prove that old -fashioned family values combined with pure devotion often are the best solution.
“Everything, EVERYTHING you bought goes back to the store.”
“Honey, you asked me for $20 yesterday, now what did you do with that?”
“Why did you wake me? I was dreaming about sleeping.”
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