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15.06.17 in Lighter side

Who’s the daddy? Our top TV dads

Father’s Day, 18 June, isn’t just about remembering to get your dad a tie, a pair of socks or miscellaneous toiletries. It’s a day of celebration. We thought we would share our five favourite fellas featured on Freeview. These dads are good, bad and totally mad…  

Ned Flanders – The Simpsons

Overzealous Ned would diddly-definitely win the theoretical award for biggest goofball. He is relentlessly loving even in the face of adversity and never fails to make us giggle with his comical phrases and earnest nature.

Pete Brockman – Outnumbered

Pete – outnumbered by his inquisitive children – might look permanently confused, but don’t be fooled. He’s the glue that holds the Brockman family together. From witty quips to historical insights, he’s a full-time father, teacher and legend.

Uncle Phil – Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Lumbered with a torrent of weight-related jibes from his cheeky offspring and the young Will Smith, which he bravely takes in his stride, Uncle Phil is the head of America’s most loved family. He may play the stern authoritarian but deep down he has a big heart – and a big appetite, as Will would say.  

Hal Wilkerson – Malcolm in the Middle

Hal is a bit of a bad dad. He passes off the blame in nearly all situations (usually to his kids) to escape his pending telling-off from Lois; the family’s matriarch. But he’s so entertaining we’re inclined to let that slide. From tantrums to rare moments of tenderness, Hal consistently proves to be one of the most dynamic on-screen dads.  

Father Ted

Last but not least is the brilliant Father Ted. He might not actually be a dad, but that’s just a technicality. Isn’t he a father figure to us all? Not all heroes wear capes – sometimes they wear dog collars and make a witty joke when you’re most in need of a smile.

Did your favourite make the shortlist? Tweet us your number one TV dad at @at800tv.

If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. If following your father’s advice doesn’t seem to resolve it, let us know – we’re happy to help!

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