A few years ago, I had an amazing idea for a documentary. Someone should interview all of the TV dads from 80s sitcoms, the guys who helped shepherd all of us 80s children into adulthood, and find out where they are now and how they coped with being pop culture patriarchs (and also why all the moms were always dead before the show started. WTF?). Another angle could be more of a reality TV show, in which the dads live together in a house and compete in challenges like “talk to your teenager about the dangers of drunk driving while wearing a hideous sweater,” and “chaperone your adolescent daughter’s middle school dance with embarrassing and/or hilarious results.”
Anyway, here are my top 12 casting choices, in no particular order:
Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable from "The Cosby Show," aka Bill Cosby
The grand poobah of sitcom dads! Who didn't want to be a stow away in the Huxtable's Brooklyn brownstone? Cosby's Cliff remains one of the most lovable, drily hilarious fictional dads of all time. Although to interview Cosby himself might be depressing, as his real life seems, um, darker than Cliff's (see also: his sexual harassment suit).
Some dads didn’t make this list, either because they’re probably dead almost dead (oh, oops, Conrad Bain and Bob Uecker are still alive, so sayeth Wikipedia. My bad.), originated in 1990 or later (I’m looking at you Nick Russo, Jim Walsh, Graham Chase, and Philip Banks), or appeared on shows I didn’t really watch (Silver Spoons, Just the Ten of Us, Gimme A Break, and, despite what my first grade class picture may lead you to believe, Punky Brewster). Did I forget anyone? Remind me in the comments!