7 TV Dads Who May Not Deserve Father’s Day

Adam Fay,

We’ve already given you our list of TV Mums who we think need to work harder to earn their breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. Well now it’s Dad’s turn.

These 7 TV Dads range from likeable to downright dastardly. Each one will have to lift their game if they are going to be considered for a new neck tie or pair of knitted socks this Father’s Day morning.

Let’s take a look at their parental skills and determine if any deserve a Father’s Day gift this year.

John Dutton – Yellowstone

Questionable Father Moment:

Poor Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley), son of ruthless ranch owner John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is the black sheep of the family. Preferring politics to ranch work, he’s simply not built like the other Duttons. In a moment of weakness he contemplates ending it all until dad John hits him with a fatherly truth bomb that stops him in his tracks.

Questionable Father Quote:

“No one will mourn your loss, son, because this isn’t losing your life; this is quitting it.

Father’s Day Worthy?

Nothing is more important to John Dutton than family, but one thing we’ve learned from 3 seasons of Yellowstone is that you dare not cross him or threaten his beloved ranch.

We suggest playing it safe and gifting him something you know he’ll like. Let’s see, he’s partial to a bit of denim, cowboy hats….and that’s kinda it. Good luck.

Tywin Lannister – Game of Thrones

Questionable Father Moment:

For someone hellbent on keeping his family in power, Tywin (Charles Dance) was pretty vicious when it came to his son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). He blamed him for the death of his wife in childbirth, he continually mocks him for his small stature, and even orders him to be killed. Then he offers up this nugget of fatherly love…

Questionable Father Quote:

The day that you were born! I wanted to carry you into the sea and let the waves wash you away. Instead, I let you live. And I brought you as my son. Because you’re a Lannister.

Father’s Day Worthy?

He’s hardly the kind of dad that would appreciate a warm cuddle and a poem in a handmade card this father’s day.

No, we think the only gift worth giving this monster of a man is the pointy one he ended up receiving from Tyrion at the end of the series.

Ray Shoesmith – Mr Inbetween

Questionable Father Moment:

While solo parenting his impressionable 12 year old daughter, he has to deal with her finding (and firing!) the gun she discovers in his bedroom. Even worse, she comes home from school one day high on drugs. Ray’s response is swift. He tracks down the kid who gave his daughter the drugs and keeps things plain and simple for the young schoolboy.

Questionable Father Quote:

Mate if you don’t tell me what I want to know, I’m gonna take that skateboard and beat you round the head with it….If I ever see you with my daughter again, I’m gonna cut your balls off.

Father’s Day Worthy?

Ray has good qualities. He’s likeable, funny and always finishes what he starts. Unfortunately he’s also a cold-blooded psychopathic killer for hire. It’s hard to hold this against him though, when at the end of the day, he’s just trying to protect the daughter he loves.

We think taking him out for a special Father’s Day “dimmy” or two can’t hurt.

Jonathan Fraser – The Undoing

Questionable Father Moment:

Did he or didn’t he do it? You need to watch the twists and turns of The Undoing to find out the answer, but one thing we know about Jonathan Fraser (played by Hugh Grant) is that he is a pretty dodgy character from the get go.

After the murder weapon was found in his son’s violin case, Jonathan was quick (maybe too quick?) to blame his 12-year-old boy for the murder. Always nice when your Dad has your back.

Questionable Father Quote:

“Everyone presumes they know their own family, but I can assure that’s not the case.” 

Father’s Day Worthy?

Jonathan is the sheer definition of a narcissist. He plays the victim constantly and would sell out his own family when put up against the ropes.

We’d suggest gifting this devilish Dad a few self-help books for Father’s Day. But please, no handyman tools, no Bunnings gift voucher, and definitely no hammers!

Martin Byrde – Ozark

Questionable Father Moment:

After choosing a life of crime and doing deals with a series of unsavoury people, Marty (Jason Bateman) decides to come clean to his daughter and young son about everything. This includes the part about how there are people very much wanting him and the family killed.

Questionable Father Quote:

This is our life now. I can stay here. I can talk about our feelings. Or I can go take care of stuff and make sure that we don’t die, okay?”

Father’s Day Worthy?

He’s dragged his family across the country after being chased by mobsters, he shows no signs of slowing his criminal ways, and even buys a strip club. Marty is far from the ideal father figure. In fact, the way he takes risks, we’d be nervous of him simply making it to father’s day alive.

Whatever you buy him as a present, make sure you can return it if things go sideways. Keep the receipt.

Mark Mossbacher – The White Lotus

Questionable Father Moment:

A beautiful Hawaiian beach setting is the location for what turns out to be one of the more awkward father/son bonding chats when Mark (Steve Zahn) lets a little too much of his true feelings slip when trying to get closer to Quinn (Fred Hechinger)

Questionable Father Quote:

Mark: I dunno I’m just thinking. Being a man, and a young man in this time right now can’t be easy.

Quinn: Why? Because we can’t harass girls anymore?

Mark: No!….well…yeah.

Father’s Day Worthy?

This brilliant HBO series screams with undertones of white privilege and social climbing, all displayed by father Mark Mossbacher, whose self-centred, slightly dimwitted persona is both laughable and sad at once.

Given his..ahem..swelling problem down below, we suggest buying him some nice, loose underwear this father’s day (maybe a size or two bigger than usual)

Bobby Axelrod – Billions

Questionable Father Moment:

After his son gets into some hot water at his upmarket, elite private school. Billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) does what any normal father would do – he jumps in his chopper, flies down to the school and tries to bribe the headmaster. When that fails, he then straight-out blackmails him instead. To top it all off, Bobby then takes to the stage at his son’s school assembly to impart his capitalist, rich-man wisdom to the young kids…

Questionable Father Quote:

I’m here to give you a little bit about what the school has been holding back from you. The god damned truth about Darwin, scarcity and the world you actually live in. It’s not the warm, swaddled place your headmaster and your parents have told you about. It’s populated by people like me, who will tear you apart!

Father’s Day Worthy?

Let’s face it, for a guy who owns all the cars, planes and houses you could wish for, there’s not much else you could bring Bobby Axelrod with his breakfast in bed on father’s day morning.

We’d suggest anything that strokes his ego and we aren’t sure that slaving over bacon and eggs or those hand-knitted pair of socks you spent all week making him will really do it for this hard-hearted billionaire.

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