In honour of Father’s Day 2017 on June 18, let’s reflect on how dads are portrayed in pop culture and how they keep pace with society.
Andy Taylor: The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
Pillar of the community. Andy is a sheriff, member of his local church, family man, and the guy people turn to when they need sage advice.
Fred Flintstone: The Flintstones (1960-1966)
Bumbling guy next door. Fred became a father mid-way through the initial series’ run. While fatherhood brought out a softer side of Fred at home, he continued his loud-mouth ways around town.
Philip Banks: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-1996)
Patriarch. Father of three and father-figure to one spirited nephew, Philip works to keep his upwardly mobile family moving in the right direction while trying to contend with the youths in his life.
Mike Brady: The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
Urban professional with a blended family. Father to three boys and stepfather to three girls, Mike lets the kids get themselves into trouble but is always there to rescue them when they needed it most.
Maura Pfefferman: Transparent (2014-present)
Vulnerable dad in turmoil. Maura is a transgender dad with three needy adult children who bring more turmoil to her life than her own personal evolution.