What would a weekend be without a Z on TV poll? This week's topic: TV dads.
Last week, we did a poll on TV moms in honor of finally having exorcised Kate Gosselin from Monday nights -- for now. So, this week, why not do dads in honor of the fact that Jon Gosselin is also gone and he hasn't done anything crass, stupid or juvenile enough in the last week to be featured on the online tabloid sites? (I do believe, though, a court date looms within the next two weeks in Maryland.) We can also do it in honor of Tigers Woods showing what a phony media concoction his image as a good dad and husband was.
So, with all of TV history as your playing field, who is the best TV dad, and why? Here are some nominations: Cliff Huxtable, Tony Soprano and Homer Simpson. Okay, I am trying to be provocative with the last two. But this is a great chance to talk about the depiction of masculinity on TV and what form of it has been idealized in different eras.
Oh wait, I forgot the archetype of patriarchy: Jim Anderson, of "Father Knows Best." Come on, you know you love him.
Let the deconstructing begin.