10 of the best TV dads to look up to this long weekend

2017-06-15 14:44
 

Cape Town - Since Father’s Day falls on a long weekend this year, you’ll have plenty of time to bond with your dad. Take your pick from our bumper line-up of series and movies on internet TV that feature some super-dads who have fatherhood waxed.

1. Eddard Stark, Game of Thrones

From the very first episode you’ll see that the Lord of Winterfell leads from the front - and when Ned (Sean Bean) carries out judgment, he also delivers the punishment. Honourable, fair and just, he loved his family and raised his children with dignity and respect. He also gave them Dire Wolves as pets, so you know he’s cool, too. And with the new Game of Thrones premiering on 16 July, now's the perfect time to binge-watch Seasons 1-6 on Showmax. 

Get a sneak peek here:

Available on Showmax.

2. Reason, L-Tido, Ma-E, Rap Dads

Rap doesn't always have the best reputation. But these born-and-bred-in-Mzansi dads shed light on the more intimate side of the game, and they all have one thing in common. When it comes to their kids, they don't compromise. 

Watch the trailer here: 

Available on Showmax.

3. David Wozniak, Delivery Man

David (Vince Vaughn) is a slacker of a delivery man, but a mistake at the sperm bank leads him to having 533 children. At first you'll  think he'll run, but he decides to start helping them and brings them all closer together. With Chris Pratt as his friend Brett - a real father with his heart in the right place. 

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

4. Nathaniel Fisher, Six Feet Under

He might be dead, but the Fisher patriarch is still a prominent figure in his family’s life. He appears as a “ghost” to his children after his death, as their conscience, giving them advice and encouragement from beyond the grave. In their interactions with him, we see how we always tried to support his kids while also giving them their space - a balance that wasn’t ever easy to strike with this lot. 

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

5. Ray Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond

Yes, he’s cynical, whiny and lazy, which drives his wife crazy, but he’s not a bad guy. Everybody Loves Raymond holds a special place in the hearts of many, and is loosely based on events and characters from lead actor Ray Romano’s real life. In the show, he’s a sportswriter who lives with his wife and three children, and his overbearing mother practically shares their house, too. You can’t help but feel for the guy, and for his wife Debra who has to put up with him. 

Get a sneak peek here:

Available on Showmax.

6. Frank Reagan, Blue Bloods

He was the third generation of Reagans to become a police officer, and all four of his sons followed him into the force. So it's clear that Frank's house is all about law and order. Played by Tom Selleck, Frank is a disciplined straight shooter who takes no nonsense, but he's also a loving dad and grandfather. 

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

7. Ross Geller, Friends

No matter how you feel about the goofy, bumbling scientist Ross (David Schwimmer), there's one thing that's certain: He loves his kids. From dressing up as the Holiday Armadillo for Ben to singing Baby Got Back to make his baby daughter laugh, he always goes the extra mile for them. He’s not in a traditional nuclear-family set-up with either of his kids, but despite the challenges, he never stops trying with them. 

Get a goofy sneak peek here:

Available on Showmax.

8. Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings

You could say that Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) sent his son, Bjorn Ironside, to battle at a young age. But he knew the kid could take care of himself, especially with a name like Ironside. It was a crazy time in the middle ages when the Vikings started invading France and England. It was ruthless and violent, as you’ll see in the show. But Ragnar was fair and just, and it’s clear that he absolutely loves his family.

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Showmax.

9. Shoukath Shah/Ansari, Master of None

Comedian Aziz Ansari (who you’ll recognise as Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation) co-created and stars in this Peabody- and Emmy-Award-winning rom-com. Ansari cast his real-life mom and dad as his character Dev’s parents, and Shoukath, his IRL dad, shines as a source of understated humour. In Season 1, episode 2, titled “Parents”, Dev, a second-generation immigrant who’s always been distant from his parents, decides to honour the sacrifices they made to raise him as an American. After the episode aired, Shoukath Ansari admitted that the only reason he agreed to be cast in the show was so that he could spend more time with his son. 

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Netflix.

10. Josh Pfefferman, Transparent

Jay Duplass plays the middle sibling in this Amazon Original multi-award-winning, groundbreaking comedy-drama series about a middle-class LA family whose lives are turned upside down when the family patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out as a trans woman. Josh, the only son, was always fiercely protected by his parents, and, it turns, out, they even covered up the fact that he got his babysitter pregnant when he was a teenager. In the finale of Season 1, Josh discovers the truth - in the form of a strapping 17-year-old boy. In Season 2, we see Josh doing his very best to be a father figure to his son, even inviting him to move in with him. But is it all too little, too late?

Watch the trailer here:

Available on Amazon Prime.

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