Dead Beat Dads: The 5 Worst Fathers On TV
Good fathers serve as models' target='_blank'>role models for their young and impressionable children. After all, a child usually turns out quite similar to his or her parents once he reaches adulthood. Such an evolution can be both a good thing and a bad thing. No one wants bad parents raising bad children. On television, there are plenty of fathers who serve as good parental models, but that doesn't mean there aren't an equal share of bad apples in the barrel. These five TV dads are the types of parents you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy's children.
If there were an award for the World's Worst Father, Peter Griffin would be a strong contender to win it every single year. In virtually every "Family Guy" episode, Griffin is inebriated or abusive. He takes particular delight in tormenting his teenage daughter, Meg, through a combination of mental and emotional abuse. Griffin also routinely endangers his family through his stupidity. It's a good thing Griffin does not represent an accurate depiction of the average father. Parents like him would cause an apocalyptic end to our modern world.
No redeeming quality can be found in Al Bundy. He is crude and crass to his wife and two children in virtually every episode of "Married with Children”. Bundy's antics can be funny, but his laziness and degrading attitude toward everyone else in his life are not things that should be emulated in real life.
No one could be blamed for abandoning a father like Frank Barone in a retirement home. In "Everybody Loves Raymond,” Barone made a habit of spewing insults to his wife and two adult sons. He was equal parts lazy and demanding and generally did not show even a spark of happiness. It is a mystery trying to figure out what compelled his family to put up with him and keep him around.
Mobsters rarely make good parents. Tony Soprano is no exception. He cheated on his wife. He paid little attention to his children. Indeed, Soprano seemed much more invested in running his mob family than his actual family. Then again, what do you expect from a character in "The Sopranos" whose sole purpose in life is to kill and steal from as many people as possible?
There was a point in time where Walt White of "Breaking Bad" apparently had his family's best interests in mind when he decided to start cooking up meth and selling it. White was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. He knew he could not provide for them with a teacher's salary amid mounting medical bills. White took it to the extreme and became a full-fledged drug dealer and murderer who puts his family in danger at every turn. That is obviously not what you call a textbook role model father.