11 TV Dads who give some stellar advice
In honor of the men who provide the worst jokes but all the wisdom, we're celebrating Father's Day with some of your favorite small-screen dads.
Eric Taylor, 'Friday Night Lights'
Whether as a football coach or father, Eric Taylor's advice was always impeccable, and when it came to teenage boys, Coach was a mind reader. Clear eyes, full hearts, food on the brain.
Sandy Cohen, 'The O.C.'
“The appetizer is as good as the main course.” A solid lesson for any restaurant ordering experience that can also be applied to other life scenarios. Plus, with Papa Cohen, there's likely bagels accompanying any advice sesh.
Phil Dunphy, 'Modern Family'
As long as you're learning from your mistakes, it's all good. Take note, this dad wrote his own "Peerenting Philosophy."
Ned Stark, 'Game of Thrones'
"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword." Maybe not super applicable in day-to-day life, but the message is strong. Act with conviction, follow through on your promises, keep your word, and don't let others do your dirty work for you.
Red Foreman, 'That '70s Show'
Nothing like an anecdote about Larry "No Foot" Mulligan to cheer you up after a breakup. The point of the story though? If you've got both feet, you'll be fine (or something along the lines of, "Things could always be worse"). So, march proudly onward with Red's advice.
You can always rely on Louie to preach generosity and goodwill. "The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to make sure you have as much as them." Unless it's Lucky Charms, maybe then there's some leeway.
Paul Hennessy, 'Eight Simple Rules'
Paul Hennessy has 8 simple rules for dating his daughters and a whole lot of wisdom, including this insight on thongs: "Maybe that's why your generation is so angry; you're always walking around with a wedgie."
Mike Brady, 'The Brady Bunch'
Here's Mike Brady, master of the blended family and general authority on all things teen, with a nugget of advice for conquering stage fright: "You picture them sitting there in their underwear." An oldie but a goodie.
Hal Wilkerson, 'Malcolm In The Middle'
Sometimes violence isn't the answer, and other times enlisting your older and taller brother's assistance with some ass-kicking is key. Hal knows what's up.
Luke Danes, 'Gilmore Girls'
"You do not shove a girl in a closet." Amen. Well, the real message is not to treat girls like dirt, but avoiding closets can't hurt.
Homer Simpson, 'The Simpsons'
This is some questionable, but honest girl advice from Homer, so listen closely: “A woman is more like a beer; they smell good, they look good, you’d step over your own mother just to get one, but you can’t stop at one. You want to drink another woman!”
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