In keeping with my representation of Featured Television Contributor and my forte of old television shows that pretty much everyone has at least heard of; here are my ten dads who should write a blog in chronological order:
1. James (Jim) Anderson, Sr. was played by Robert Young on the early television program known as “Father Knows Best.” He was married to Margaret played by Jane Wyatt and they had three children. The oldest was Betty played by Elinor Donahue who her dad called Princess. The second child was James Anderson, Jr. known to everyone as Bud and played by Billy Gray. The youngest was Kathleen (Kathy) Anderson who her dad called Kitten. This program ran from 1954 until 1960 and Jim Anderson usually came out as the hero when his kids did wrong or made unwise choices. Remember this was back in the days when the nuclear family was the norm. Mothers stayed home and raised the children while fathers worked Monday through Friday. Jim’s blog would cover parenting back in the late 50’s and early 60’s; before internet, video games and wisea** kids like Bart Simpson and back when allowance was $1.00 a week and we earned it!
2. Ward Cleaver was played by Hugh Beaumont on”Leave it to Beaver.” He was married to June, played by Barbara Billingsley. They had two sons; Wally played by Tony Dow and Theodore (Beaver) played by Jerry Mathers. This program ran from 1957 until 1963 as we watched the two boys grow into teenagers. Ward was another typical father of the era who never raised his voice and although when doing something wrong, the boys always said things like; “Dad is gonna clobber you for doing that,” we never saw anyone getting clobbered. Ward had a stern demeanor even when the boys did nothing wrong and seemed more like a judge than a father. His blog would be interesting because of his less than jovial attitude it would be interesting to see how he would handle boys who walk around with their pants below their waist with their underwear hanging out and boys who do not answer with “yes, sir and no, sir.” His blog would ascribe to dress codes, manners, cleanliness and attitude for youngsters and how they treat their elders in general.
3. Darrin Stephens was played by both Dick York and Dick Sargent and ran from 1964 to 1972 on the television program “Bewitched”. Dick York left due to a debilitating back injury and was immediately replaced by Dick Sargent in 1969. Although they looked nothing alike, the series continued without a glitch. Bewitched was a story about a real witch named Samantha, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, who vowed to give up her powers and live like a normal suburban housewife and mother; but her wacky family virtually dropped in whenever to raise havoc to Darrin every chance they got. They had a daughter named Tabitha and a son named Adam who also possessed the powers their mother had adding to the mix. Darrin’s blog would address; having a wife who is a witch (yes with a w not a b), imposing and obnoxious in-laws, and nosy neighbors as well as strange supernatural occurrences that people may experience from time to time like seeing UFOs.
4. Archie Bunker was played by Carroll O’Connor from 1971 to 1979 on the program “All in the Family.” He was married to Edith who he referred to as Dingbat, played by Jean Stapleton and they had a daughter named Gloria played by Sally Struthers and a son-in-law named Mike Stivic played by Rob Reiner who Archie called Meathead. Archie’s blog will be devoted to being a politically incorrect as humanly possible. He will discuss race, ethnicity, gender, homosexuality and current events putting his own spin on everything as only Archie can do.
5. Howard Cunningham was played by Tom Bosley on the series that ran from 1974 to 1984 on the program “Happy Days”. Howard was married to Marion played by Marion Ross and they had two children; Richie played by Ron Howard and Joanie played by Erin Moran. Howard’s blog would cover the disappearance of his son Chuck in the early episodes, how to be a successful businessman from his hardware store experience, how to literally jump a shark, and how to make several spin-off blogs. Those spin-offs would include how to work in a brewery by two women who spoke Midwesternese; a blog by an alien from a far off planet named Ork, his daughter may even have her own spin-off blog with a cool person’s nephew.
6. Steven Keaton was played by Michael Gross on the series that ran from 1982 until 1989 on the program called “Family Ties.” Steve and his wife Elyse, played by Meredith Baxter were two flower children of the sixties. Their children were Alex P. Keaton played by Michael J. Fox, Mallory played by Justine Bateman and Jennifer played by Tina Yothers and later Andrew was born played by Brian Bonsall. Steve’s blog would consist of controversial topics on a liberal versus conservative nature. Being a staunch liberal and having a son and daughter who are avid conservatives, he would give many tips on how to keep peace in a bipartisan household.
7. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was played by Bill Cosby on his series that ran from 1984 through 1992 on the program known as “The Bill Cosby Show.” Cliff Huxtable was an obstetrician and his wife Clair played by Phylicia Rashad was an attorney. They had five children: Sondra played by Sabrina Le Beauf, Denise played by Lisa Bonet, Theodore Aloysius “Theo” played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Vanessa played by Tempestt Bledsoe, and Rudith Lillian “Rudy” played by Keshia Knight Pulliam. Cliff’s blog will cover the gamut of family life; being an obstetrician he knows about birth firsthand and having so many children, he knows about parenting and now even grand parenting. Cliff has always managed to maintain a sense of humor among the often chaotic surroundings and will also deal with the life of an urban husband in New York.
8. Dan Conner was played by John Goodman from 1988 through 1992 on the series known as “Roseanne.” Dan is a blue collar worker who has had his share of life’s ups and downs but is married to Roseanne played by Roseanne Barr. They have three children: Rebecca “Becky” played by Sarah Chalke, Darlene played by Melissa Gilbert and David Jacob “DJ” played by Michael Fishman. Dan’s blog will be an everyman blog facing the fears of all blue collar workers. He will deal with the loss of a job, a wife who has to work to make ends meet at sometimes unappealing jobs, obesity, social class and homosexuality among family members all while keeping his wonderful sense of humor.
9. Alphonse “Al” Bundy was played by Ed O’Neill from 1987 through 1997 on the series known as “Married — with Children.” Al was married to Margaret “Peggy” played by Katey Sagal. They have two ne’er-do-well children: Kelly played by Christina Applegate and Budrick Franklin “Bud” played by David Faustino. Al’s blog will be devoted to being a total loser and his followers will want all his best tips. How to marry a woman who not only is “a waste of a human life” but her maiden name was Wanker. How to raise two children who are as useless as both parents, how to be proud of being a shoe salesman and have disdain for neighbors, any guy who comes calling for his daughter and just about anyone in general who does not agree with his opinion.
10. Tim Taylor was played by Tim Allen from 1991 to 1999 on the series known as “Home Improvement.” Tim was married to Jill played by Patricia Richardson. They had three sons: Brad played by Zachery Ty Bryan, Randy played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Mark played by Taran Noah Smith. Tim played the “Tool Man” on a television program called “Tool Time” and he played one of two men who gave “do it yourself or rather don’t do it yourself information to the home and studio audience. Pamela Anderson played Lisa the “Tool Time Gal” for most of the series as the scantily clad and well endowed assistant to Tim and Al. Al played by Richard Karn was the voice of reason when Tim got carried away by adding extra power to everyday appliances. Tim’s blog would cover everything from being a father of three sons, a husband and a tinkerer of anything with a motor and will cover how to motorize anything that does not have a motor. An associate blog will also be done by Al who will offer instructions to counteract any damage done by Tim’s blog or just clean up after a Tim-induced disaster.