Why is it that, whenever Father's Day rolls around, we're hit with a barrage of lists proclaiming everyone's favourite TV dads? Yes, we all know that Ward Cleaver was pretty much perfect. But what about the bad TV dads? After all, you can't really appreciate how good you have it unless you get a glimpse of how horrible it can be. The list of hobbies the fathers on our list enjoy includes lying, cheating, stealing, extra-marital affairs and the occasional murder — and that's just Tony Soprano. In the end, some do show signs of redemption, but for the most part it's so much more entertaining to watch these patriarchs at their worst. And the best part about our list? There's no Ward Cleaver in sight.
TV Show: The Simpsons
"Kids are great, Apu. You can teach them to hate the things you hate and they practically raise themselves nowadays, you know, with the Internet and all."
Why you should be glad he's not your dad: There are so many reasons - Let's start with the fact that he's wrung his son's neck out of anger so many times that it's become one of his trademarks. How about his tendency to favour one child over another, pit them against each other or that he referred to kids as nails in the coffin that is marriage? We could discuss the life lessons he imparts ("Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is - never try."), his priorities ("Well, it's 1 a.m. Better go home and spend some quality time with the kids."), his valour ("Don't eat me! I have a wife and kids. Eat them!") or his intelligence ("I'm not a genius - or are I?"), but we'd need to build a whole other slideshow.
Likelihood for redemption: Believe it or not, quite high. Despite the contempt he openly exhibits for performing his fatherly duties, at the end of the day Homer always manages to rise to the occasion and prove his love for his children. It only lasts until the beginning of the next episode, mind you, but it's something.
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