It seems like every generation develops a “TV Dad” that we all fall in love with, wishing that when times got tough we could simply sit down and have a healing chat with Alan Thicke, Tom Bosley or … well, we won’t get into Bill Cosby for obvious reasons.
But in real life, father doesn’t always know best. In real life, sometimes dad’s advice would just make things worse. But that’s why we’ve similarly come to embrace folks like Homer Simpson, Al Bundy and Peter Griffin — flawed, a bit dim, but still trying their best.
To help celebrate Father’s Day, let’s look back on some bad advice moments from TV’s most hilarious dads. You can laugh, you can smile — just be sure you don’t actually do any of it at home.
Helping at school
A good father is always willing to help out at their children’s schools. These dads, well, at least they try.
A good father knows how to correct their child’s behavior when he steps out of line. These dads tends to lean a bit more towards tough love.
A good father always knows just what to say. These dads don’t offer pearls of wisdom so much as barnacles.
A dad has to teach his children how to always conduct themselves with dignity and self-respect.
Love thy neighbor
A good father always teaches his children to be good to those around them, and never nosy or vindictive.
Patience is a virtue
Above all else, a good dad reminds his kids to stay cool and not sweat the small stuff. So, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there — even the ones who occasionally open fire on the toaster.