Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Favorite TV Dads

As you can see. I got this idea from Leah Instagram post. It seem like something fun thing to share on the blog. So here we go. 

Arthur Spooner
Sarcastic, brash, and always scheming, Arthur lives in the basement of Doug and Carrie's house. Quick to take offense, he shouts frequently and often unnecessarily, and often comes up with absolutely absurd, irregular, or illogical money-making scams.

Arthur frequently makes bizarre claims (for example, that he invented the moist towelette, and claiming that Charles M. Schulz based Charlie Brown on Arthur's life). He also steals change from Doug's nightstand. Arthur is walked by a dog walker named Holly Shumpert, and his best friend is Mickey.

Eric Taylor
As a coach, Taylor is firm but fair to his players and is against nepotism, a characteristic which put him at odds with Joe McCoy and led to his ousting and subsequent transfer to East Dillon High. He is held in high regard as a "molder of men" and greatly respected by his players, many of whom lacked a father figure or significant male role model in their lives and saw him as a surrogate father. As his former star quarterback Jason Street once said of him, "You [Taylor] will always be my coach". His high school counselor-turned-principal wife Tami often groused about how the lines between football and academics at Dillon High are blurred and the fact that there was the perception that football players could get away with anything. Nonetheless, his strong sense of morality is seen a number of times, such as when he suspended Smash Williams for using steroids, personally apologized to a student who was beaten up by one of his hot-headed defensive ends (Bobby Reyes) and does not hesitate to punish players for disobeying rules, whether on the field or off it.

Taylor loves his family very much and is much more affectionate around his wife, contrasting with the brusque and "hard-ass" football coach image he maintains at practices. He and their daughter Julie are close but relations between them were strained for a while when she went through a rebellious phase in season 2. Despite her dislike of football, Julie is often seen at games cheering her father on and Taylor tries his best to relate with her, taking her to the father-daughter dance and playing table tennis in their driveway.

Phillip 'Uncle Phil' Banks
 Philip is a somewhat strict and gruff man, but he does have a softer side, and is an upstanding citizen. Nonetheless, his anger can get him into trouble at times, especially when he feels his image is being besmirched. Additionally, Philip can be financially greedy; he pays his butler Geoffrey a salary so low that Geoffrey quits after Philip gives him a mediocre additional annual raise, and only returns when Philip apologizes for taking him for granted and agrees to increase his salary, benefits and to hire more help during formal functions. In the series finale, when Geoffrey retires, Phil rewards him with both a large cash bonus and an expensive first class plane ticket to London, England. Similarly, while he always spoils Hilary, Philip refuses to increase the allowances of his children, although in later seasons he begins to tire of spending his hard-earned money on spoiling Hilary and becomes more gruff with Hilary to pay her own way in the world. A recurring gag is about Philip's children being afraid of his punishments because, while his anger is understandable, he can be incredibly sadistic and sociopathic in his punishments. For example, in season three's "The Best Laid Plans", in which Will tries to trick a girl he is dating (who does not believe in premarital sex) into marrying him in order to go all the way with her, Philip became severely disappointed and upset, and promises to impose the cruelest punishment that he could find (which he manages to do three years after the incident, when he read about medieval tortures and with a malicious smile in his face).

Despite being a miser, Philip is a very caring and loving husband and father. He makes sure that he does what is best for all his children, including Will. Despite being related to Will only by marriage (and though he sometimes grumbles about Will being a goof-off), he very much cares for him as his own son. Throughout the series, Philip has been there for his children in their time of need, which rubs off on his nephew as Will comes to see Philip as a genuine father-figure (as opposed to his true father, who left him and his mother when Will was a young child). When Will is eager to bond with his biological father Lou after he suddenly re-enters Will's life, Philip warns Will to be wary of Lou and comforts him when Lou is unable to rekindle their relationship.

Carl Winslow
Carl is constantly annoyed by his pesky neighbor, Steve Urkel, who has a very high level of respect for Carl, and affectionately calls him "Big Guy". Although Steve is relentlessly annoying, and has cost the Winslow family large amounts of time and money from his own clumsy demeanor, he has shown he's more mature than Eddie is in accepting responsibility. Carl is often there to back Steve up, and help him out in times of distress. Although he continues to be exasperated and irritated by his antics, over the progression of the show's run, Carl develops a fondness for Steve that surprises even himself.

Carl is an officer for the Chicago Police Department. He takes his job seriously, and it is often suggested that he is very good at what he does, despite the fact that his boss, Lt. Murtaugh, is very incompetent. Fitting into the cop stereotype, he has an avid love for doughnuts and other junk food. This plays into the fact that he is overweight, and in several stories throughout the series, Carl's physical health plays a role (in the season 4 episode "Driving Carl Crazy", he is revealed to have high blood pressure, which got dangerous because he tried to dodge dieting). Carl starts the series as a police sergeant; he is later promoted to lieutenant in season 5's "That's What Friends Are For," and eventually captain in season 9's "Who's Afraid of the Big Black Book?".

Cameron Tucker & Mitchell Pritchett

Mitchell Vincent Pritchett , also referred to as Mitch, is Jay's son; Claire's younger brother, Manny's step-brother, Joe's half-brother, Luke, Alex and Haley's uncle; one of Lily's fathers; and partner of eight years to Cameron. He is a low-key, mild-mannered person, but has many sensitive qualities. At most times he is the exact opposite of Cameron which usually causes disagreements. Cameron acts as a counterbalance to Mitchell's uptight, worrying ways. Because of his mild-mannered, uptight nature, he is sometimes embarrassed by Cameron's flamboyance. He is uncomfortable with public displays of affection, as well as invasion of his personal space. He is an overprotective and cautious father. He is shown to be an excellent lawyer, even representing an entire building full of people one-by-one with no prior notice.[24] A recurring theme on the show is Mitchell's relationship with his father, which was strained by the revelation of Mitchell's homosexuality. Mitchell is a musical theater fan and enjoyed ice skating as a kid, though he later admitted that he liked working with his sister as a team more than the ice skating itself. Although he fancies himself as a handyman, everybody is afraid of him around tools. From his degrees hanging in his office, it is apparent that Mitchell attended undergrad at Cornell University and Law school at Columbia University.

 Cameron Scott Tucker , also referred to as Cam, is Mitchell's partner of eight years, and one of Lily's fathers, who has a very big dramatic personality. He frequently behaves selfishly and like a drama queen. His bubbly outgoing personality contrasts to Mitchell's uptight manner, which causes them to have opposing character traits.  Cameron was born on February 29, 1972 and grew up on a farm in Missouri. He was a starting center for the University of Illinois football team (which he and Jay bond over, much to Mitchell's envy) and is a very big sports fan. Because of this, he is physically quite imposing, and capable of scaring off anyone who threatens Mitchell. Cameron also fosters many unusual hobbies such as collecting antique fountain pens, being adept in Japanese flower arrangement, and is a classically trained Auguste clown named Fizbo. Cameron prides himself in shooting home films, not movies, and takes that role very seriously. Currently, he acts as a stay-at-home dad to Lily, though it is mentioned that he had taught music prior to this. Cameron is also an experienced rock drummer and as a result was brought in at the last minute to play in Dylan's band when they needed a replacement percussionist. It is also mentioned that Cameron was considerably thinner and in better shape when he first started dating Mitchell. For the first few episodes, his relationship with Mitchell was somewhat strained (as they disagreed on almost everything and showed very different parenting techniques). But in more recent episodes the relationship is much happier. Cameron and Mitchell met at one of Pepper Saltzman's "legendary" soirees, where during a game of charades, Cameron immediately knew the answer, "Casablanca," based on a subtle gesture Mitchell made with his hands. Common interests, like art, led them to form a relationship. Mitchell is impressed by Cameron's quirks, such as speaking French (to which Cameron replies, "un peu," or "a little"). Cameron is also said to be a fan of the movie The Wizard of Oz in the episode "Leap Day" when Mitchell plans him a surprise birthday party. During season 4, he goes back to work as a music teacher at Luke and Manny's school. In season 5, his music teacher job is eliminated, but he becomes the freshman football coach and physical education teacher. In season 6, he is promoted to varsity coach and his undefeated record and open homosexuality earned him a story on the local TV news.

James Evans Sr.
James, in being the patriarch the Evans family, despite being a veteran of the Korean War, deeply committed to doing whatever it takes to provide for his family, hard-working and honest, James can only seem to find poor-paying manual-labor jobs because of his lack of a formal education. The difficulties he endures while keeping a roof over his family's head leave him dissatisfied with many government policies. Somehow, he maintains his dignity and is a pillar of strength, even while struggling to raise his family amid the poverty of the Chicago projects. With his loving and devoted wife, Florida, by his side, James makes it a priority to teach responsibility and values to their three kids. Though his children are his pride and joy, they are often the roots of his angst. Between seeking employment, paying the rent and keeping food on the table, James manages to find the time to interrogate Thelma's dates, tune in to Michael's political arguments, and keep a close watch on J.J.'s increasingly shady antics. 

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