Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Great Dads on Film and TV

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of great movie dads and list of daddy-daughter movies include wonderful films for families to watch together and talk about the great fathers in their own families.

Some of the best dads on film appear on television, which allows us to see families in a variety of circumstances over many years. Some of them even start to feel like members of our own families. These dads are not perfect but they always seem to know the right thing to say, whether comforting, guiding, or providing support. And they inspire even more through their own examples of trustworthiness and wisdom. My favorites include:

1. Tom Bosley on “Happy Days
2. John Goodman on “Roseanne.”
3. Andy Griffith on “The Andy Griffith Show
4. Danny Thomas on “Make Room for Daddy
5. Bil Cosby on “The Cosby Show
6. Bill Bixby on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”

7. John Amos on “Good Times”
8. Michael Landon on “Little House on the Prairie”
9. Robert Young on “Father Knows Best”
10. Peter Gallagher in “The OC”



  • jestrfyl

    You forgot Herman Munster. Sure he was an assemblage of other people’s parts. But he was a caring dad whose first concern was always his family. They even took in his “ugly” niece! What a great guy – and he drove an awesome hearse too – the envy of all 11 year olds.
    For that matter Gomez Addams was an ideal dad too. And his model train set was second only to Captain Kangaroo’s! And look how he doted on his wife, cared for his kids and was always trying to help Uncle Fester and the rest of the family.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I loved Herman Munster! Fred Gwyne was a favorite of mine going back to “Car 54 Where Are You?” and continuing through to “My Cousin Vinny.” Herman was a very loving father with a tender heart and a hearty laugh. Excellent addition!

  • jestrfyl

    Nell
    I have fond memories of Toody & Muldoon (the namesake for our first pet rabbit). “Oo Oo Oo!”

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I hoped you’d remember that classic, jestrfyl! One of our family favorites. P.S. Our cat was named after Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) on “Gilligan’s Island.”

  • jestrfyl

    Maynard has been a lifelong hero! My first “girlfriend” (6th grade) reminded my mom of Zelda Gilroy (the actress is now a grand fromage in CA gov.) – to my Dobie Gillis. That was an awesome show.
    Now, can you sing the “Car 54″ Themesong?

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    There’s a hold-up in the Bronx, Brooklyn’s broken out in fights, there’s a traffic jam in Harlem, that’s backed up in Brooklyn Heights, That’s backed up to Jackson Heights, there’s a scout troup short a child, Kruschev’s due at Idlewild, Car 54, Where Are You?

  • jestrfyl

    I am indeed impressed (once again)!!

  • Anne

    My favorite dad currently on TV is Burt Hummel on Glee.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    He is terrific, Anne. I love the way he stands up for Kurt — and defies the audience’s expectations.

  • monkie

    I love this conversation :D
    I used to have 2 rats named Tuesday and Thalia (from the actress and character on Dobie Gillis)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Monkie, that is GREAT! Our family cat was named after Maynard G. Krebs!

Previous Posts

Trailer: Like Sunday, Like Rain with Debra Messing and Leighton Meester
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B28IHhaQXCE?rel=0" frameborder="0"]

posted 8:00:29am Feb. 27, 2015 | read full post »

List: The Best Movie Con Games and Grifters
In honor of this week's release of "Focus," here are some of my favorite movies about con games and grifters. Remember that "con" comes from "confidence." A con man (or woman) makes you believe in them and have confidence in their schemes. And cons make great movies. If you haven't seen these, crank

posted 3:45:21pm Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Love & Mercy with Paul Dano and John Cusack as Brian Wilson
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VUhFpFQeilM?rel=0" frameborder="0"] "Love & Mercy" tells the story of Brian Wilson, the brilliant but troubled member of the Beach Boys.

posted 8:14:21am Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Contest: Win an Insurgent T-Shirt
Getting ready for the second film in the "Divergent" series? Not sure you have just the right thing to wear? I'm here to solve your problem! I have an "Insurgent" t-shirt (Size L) to give away!

posted 3:55:04pm Feb. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Toys That Impair Imagination: The Over-Licensing of Children's Toys
It's always tempting to give children toys from the movies and television programs they love, and some of them are high-quality or even educational. But Melissa Atkins Wardy has a very good argument

posted 8:00:05am Feb. 25, 2015 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.