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Evolution of the TV dad
Fathers of the world, rejoice! The era of the doltish dad is over. In the early 1990s, wise patriarchs like Cliff Huxtable, Tony Micelli and Steven Keaton began to disappear from the dial, replaced by hyper-incompetent, and sometimes downright mean, dads like Reg Forman of That 70s Show and Ray Barone and his father, Frank, of Everybody Loves Raymond. No more. These days, sensitive single dads and loving family men rule network TV. As someone with a husband whose patience and ease with children regularly puts me to shame, I say it’s about time. Here are five TV dads we love right now.
So-long doltish TV dads. Hello sensitive, loving family men. Network TV is finally giving us real role models and some valuable parenting tips.