Whether it's the parades or football games or Charlie Brown cooking toast and popcorn, television is as much a part of Thanksgiving as the turkey and cranberry sauce. This year, we're giving thanks to some of our favorite TV holiday celebrations. It was supposed to be a top ten list, but just like with Thanksgiving dinner, we couldn't resist a little extra stuffing.
Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.
Jack Burton would never win a father of the year award, but he might qualify as a fun dad. Starting with a flashback (which reminded me of Shawn's memories on Psych), we quickly learned that Sarah was a grifter-child, lead astray by her charming, conman rogue of a dad, Gary Cole. Well, better a rogue con artist than another rogue spy.
Just like real fathers, TV dads come in all shapes and sizes.
We've got the good (Cliff Huxtable, 'The Cosby Show'), the bad (William Walker, 'Brothers & Sisters') ... and the really, really scary (Tony Soprano)?
How well do you know these popular paterfamilias? Take our TV dads quiz now and find out.
To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, April 4 simply telling us why you'd like to own this DVD set. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
- To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own Father Knows Best season one on DVD.
- The comment must be left before April 4, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
- You may enter only once.
- Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
- Five winners will receive a copy of Father Knows Best season one on DVD (valued at $34.99).
- Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
Earlier this week we told you that actress Jane Wyatt had passed away at the age of 96, and now Time magazine's Richard Corliss writes a beautiful, long appreciation of the actress.
Most TV fans only seem to think of her as the mom on Father Knows Best, and even then, as Corliss points out, many of them are confusing her with the actress who married Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman. But she had an amazing depth to her body of work that not only spanned several decades in the movies, but an impressive stage resume as welll, including Clifford Odets' Night Music, Dinner At Eight, The Fatal Alibi (from Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, where her costar was James Lipton from Inside The Actor's Studio(!)
But this isn't just a rattling off of her credits. Corliss had a personal connection to Wyatt after meeting her in 1987, where they got into a discussion of politics and race. It's well worth reading.
Although Jane Wyatt was in one of the most classic films of all-time, 1937's Lost Horizon, she will always be remembered as Robert Young's wife on Father Knows Best, which ran from 1954 to 1960.
Wyatt starred in many films in her seven decades of work, including Great Expectations, Gentleman's Agreement, See How They Run, Amelia Earhart, Superdome, and Tom Sawyer. She made tons of guest appearances on TV shows over the years, including Star Trek, St. Elsewhere, Alias Smith and Jones, Love, American Style, Marcus Welby, Studio One, Alfred Hitchcock, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hotel, and The Young Indiana Chronicles.
Wyatt died Friday of natural causes in Bel-Air, California. Except for a documentary in 1997, her last role was in the 1996 film Simisola.
It's Father's Day! Your wife and kids let you sleep late, and then presented you with a lovely breakfast. You took a leisurely shower, read an entire issue of Maxim on 'the throne' (you know what I mean!) and now you're comfortably snug in the recliner that faces your new 50-inch plasma television, with built in HDTV digital recorder. That's the one that your wife bought with the change she saved from the grocery money (no wonder you were eating tofu burgers the last few months).
So, what are you watching? Perhaps you're tuned into the U.S. Open or maybe the World Cup Championships. Or, you may be watching your favorite baseball team play on FOX, ESPN, or one of your digital cable (or satellite) channels. If you're not into sports, you may be watching a favorite show or DVD, such as Father Knows Best, Bachelor Father, Father Murphy, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home or Make Room For Daddy or Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. Then again, if the family is out of the house, you may be watching porn.
So, let us know what's on your moving picture machine. And, if you did get a 50-inch HDTV plasma television, please let us know; we at TV Squad would like to come over, friend.
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