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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:36 AM
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Poll question: Favorite TV dad? (poll this time)
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 12:29 PM by undisclosedlocation
Previous thread was here: http://democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az...
I'm basically putting on anybody who was mentioned at least twice there.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:38 AM
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1. Out of that group, Dan Connor.
Hands down.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:47 PM
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30. that name brought to mind
Chuck Connor, although that was not the Rifleman's name. So that's my pick - and he was a single parent too.

Wait, I'm not gonna get sent to the gungeon am I? :hide:
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mark414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:40 AM
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2. dr. huxtable!
but out of that group...dan connor
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 11:50 AM
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3. He's up n/t
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:31 PM
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4. Looks like no other nominees, so I just stuck Mike Brady on there
If you yell real loud real fast, though, I'll try to put any other suggestions on.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:39 PM
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5. Definitely Red Forman
He kills me. :D
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:43 PM
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6. Dumbass!
:)
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:45 PM
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8. LOL
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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:48 PM
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15. Kurtwood Smith
is a liberal... :) He's supposedly a very spiritual, earthy sort of guy......all the better...
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:49 PM
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16. He was awesome in Robocop too!
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:58 PM
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19. Red and Kitty were the best TV parents EVER.
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 01:58 PM by FVZA_Colonel
They just clicked so well. Not to mention that their contrasting parenting styles were one of the show's better sources of humor.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 03:35 AM
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40. Red Foreman
So reminded me of my own Dad. Plus the setting is similar with my graduating HS in 77. His bark is worse than his bite, but he does bite. And as brittle he was on the surface, he was a real softy underneath.

I've been collecting these over the years, so in no particular order:


Red Foreman's Words of Wisdom

There are only three times a man can say 'I love you': When he is drunk, When he is dying, and when he is in really deep trouble, which normally means he's drunk.

When used separately, women and alcohol can be a lot of fun. But if you mix 'em, they can turn you into a dumbass.

Son, you don't have bad luck. The reason bad things happen to you is because you're a dumbass.

Son, leisure suits are for dumbasses, trust me.

Without rules, we'd all be up in trees, flinging our crap at each other.

If you're not mad enough to bare-knuckle box, you're not mad.

Everyone, thank you for coming. I just wanna say that when my time comes, I wanna be buried face down, so that anyone who doesn't like me can kiss my ass.

Life's too short to spend it with people who annoy you.

I can't afford to feed your friends. I can't afford to feed you, but the law requires me to.

If I were a bird, Id fly into a ceiling fan.

He's an ass... and he's dumb... He's a dumbass!

I've got two stages: anger and drinking.

I'm probably the only one here who's actually killed a man.

What are you going to put on your resume, Beck? Dumb-ass?

If they liked me, they'd leave me alone.

You do still like girls, don't you son?

I like the sound of a 'beer church'.

I'm not loving anyone I don't legally have to.

Oh, would you stop?! Luke Skywalker this. Luke Skywalker that. I'm sick of hearing about that little fruit.

ERIC: Look, Dad, I need my car. Don't you remember when you were in high school? I--I bet you had some good times drivin' around senior year with your friends.
RED: My senior year I was drivin' a gunboat around Okinawa. And if you count the Japanese snipers as my friends, then yes, I had some good times.

What the hell kind of college is this? Barefoot hippies playing Frisbee, barefoot hippies singing songs to trees?

There's nothing any of us can do. We're all screwed. You think I like being stuck here, nursing my lunatic wife back from the brink? Hell, no! But we can't control what happens to us. Even if by some stroke of luck, you actually hang on to Donna, eventually she's gonna turn into that. (he gestures to the bathroom.) And then a few years later you'll die.

You need to start thinking about your future: college, getting out of my house.

He did worse than Kelso? I watched that kid glue his hand to his face! You! What happened on the SATs?

Now use what little brains you got and hit the books, dumbass!

Why does everybody go everywhere with us? Look at all these damn kids. I feel like a Mormon.

Oh, no. She hasn't done this since Elvis died on the crapper.

Sorry Kitty, yellings the only part of being a father I enjoy.


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cobalt1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:22 PM
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42. those are GREAT!
I voted for Red too. Reminded me a little of my dad. Lots of bark, a small danger of a bite, but underneath a lot of love.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:43 PM
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7. Bill Bixby in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"
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hopein08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:47 PM
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9. Gotta go with Ward Cleaver...but I can't quite decide why...
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:49 PM
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10. You forgot the funniest TV dad ever.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:16 PM
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25. NOT the original Frank Costanza
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Costanza

In Frank Costanza's first appearance in the episode "The Handicap Spot" of season 4, the character was played by John Randolph. At the urging of series creator Larry David, once Stiller had been cast for Frank Costanza, the scenes with Randolph were reshot with Stiller for syndication. Also, Jason Alexander once revealed that a third (unnamed) actor had briefly been cast in the role circa 1993.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Randolph_%28actor%29
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_testify_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:38 PM
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27. Interesting bit of trivia!
However, they did hit a homerun with Jerry Stiller.

SERENITY NOW!
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:49 PM
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31. they never did that with Jerry's dad. n/t
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 03:15 PM
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33. Oh yes they did
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morty_Seinfeld

Morty was originally played by Phil Bruns, who appeared in only the second episode. After that episode, Larry David decided that the character as played by Bruns was too laid back, and felt Jerry should have a more crotchety dad. By the time Morty made his second appearance (in "The Pony Remark"), the role had been recast with Martin. When the show went into syndication, Larry David wanted to reshoot Bruns's scenes with Martin (as he had done with the two actors playing Frank Costanza), but decided against the idea because the Bruns episode was too far in the past, and the differences in the other actors' ages would be noticeable.

No good picture of Phil Bruns available, google it though you will recognize him.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Bruns
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 10:11 PM
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37. but that agrees with what I said
that they never reshot the scenes with Jerry's new dad. Thus I was aware that Jerry's dad was played by two different actors.
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cspanlovr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 12:57 PM
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11. Danny Thomas (Marlo's father) on Make Room for Daddy.
I really was a good show, and he was a very realistic father. Very funny show, too. Jean Hagen was the mom. She played the horrible movie star who hated nice Debbie Reynolds in Singin' in the Rain.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:04 PM
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12. Lorne Greene on Bonanza...Pa, I think they called him
and I liked Michael Landon as Pa in Little House on The Prarie...basically I was born in the wrong era :shrug:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:13 PM
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24. My parents almost bought the Bonanza land
But they couldn't find it
Someone burned the map

:rofl: :bounce:

:spank:
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:40 PM
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28. well, fortunately I saw it before it was completely burned.
its on the northern borders of Lake Tahoe, south of Virgina City and Carson City, and somewhat east of Reno...pretty large spread some 600,00 acres. Your parents looking for a daughter to adopt :P :bounce:

:rofl: :spank:
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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:06 PM
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13. Fred Sanford
Funniest TV father ever. Al Bundy is second.
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:42 PM
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14. My personal favorite-the very sophisticated Gomez Addams...
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 01:43 PM by Rowdyboy
The peculiar patriarch!

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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:50 PM
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17. THE DAD FROM FAMILY MATTERS
duh
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:11 PM
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21. Sargent Al Powell???
Family Matters was a spin off from Perfect strangers by the way
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:12 PM
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22. His name was Karl
It doesn't matter, spin-off or no... Family Matters was quality TV.
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Ariana Celeste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 01:56 PM
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18. Do cartoons count?
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 01:58 PM by Ariana Celeste
:)

Because my fave is Dad on the Brak Show.
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deucemagnet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:09 PM
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20. Other -- Homer!
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LSdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:40 PM
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29. I agree (nt)
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:12 PM
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23. How about Herman Munster???
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:17 PM
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26. of that list CLEARLY Andy Taylor
No contest there.

That is easily in the top 5 all time of TV shows sitcom or not.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 02:50 PM
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32. James Evans (John Amos) "Good Times."
Fred Sanford is certainly the all-time funniest TV dad. The rest are miles behind him.

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 03:17 PM
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34. Did his character die or did he just split?
Anyway he went on to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

:bounce:

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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 03:28 PM
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36. Well, in the series his character died in a car accidident,
but I have no idea if that was because John Amos quit the show.

hhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Times
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 03:23 PM
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35. Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford!
Edited on Wed Oct-11-06 03:25 PM by tk2kewl
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 10:13 PM
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38. I went with
Jonathan Kent last time...but Charles Ingalls(Michael Landon), as a father in LHOTP was pretty damn good, IMO...so, Charles...
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 10:14 PM
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39. Dan Connor (nt)
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:14 PM
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41. kick for Pa Walton :) n/t
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:00 PM
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44. Ralph Waite
Agnostic and understanding, sensitive but not self pitying. He brought some realism into that Norman Rockwellish family. But how he ever had such a whiney son like John-Boy, I'll never understand. And Will Geer was the best grandparent ever on TV.
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Dukkha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:24 PM
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43. Steven Keaton of Family Ties
The great Liberal PBS documentary creater.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 07:05 PM
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45. No one has mentioned Homer Simpson yet? Blasphemy!
"Oh Lisa, you and your stories. Bart is a vampire. Beer kills brain cells. Now let's go back to that building thingy where our beds and TV is."
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:14 PM
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46. No Rusty Venture?
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Dem_4_Life Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 08:36 PM
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47. Dan Connor nt
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