Splen­did dads

We pay trib­ute to 10 sin­gle fa­thers on tele­vi­sion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tv - By MUMTAJ BEGUM and KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

THIS Fa­thers Day, Star2 shines the spot­light on sin­gle fa­thers in TV land – from the zom­bie-slay­ing Rick Grimes on The Walk­ing Dead and Su­per­nat­u­ral’s ghost-bust­ing John Winch­ester to the warm, lov­ing Ig­na­cio Suarez from Ugly Betty.

Joe West (The Flash)

Some of The Flash’s best emo­tional mo­ments are when it fo­cuses on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his adop­tive dad, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin).

There are plenty of good times, but even if Joe and Barry do ar­gue or dis­agree over a cou­ple of things, they would hug it out and set­tle those dif­fer­ences by trust­ing each other.

Sim­ply put, they are each other’s he­roes.

Jack Bauer (24)

Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) may very well be the most an­noy­ing fic­tional daugh­ter on TV. So, you re­ally can’t blame the au­di­ence for cheer­ing on when a moun­tain lion pur­sued her dur­ing a pa­thetic es­cape at­tempt from her kid­nap­per.

So, it’s dou­ble credit to Jack Bauer (Kiefer Suther­land), who can beat an en­emy into sub­mis­sion, for his ded­i­ca­tion (not to men­tion pa­tience) to­wards ev­ery­thing he does for Kim. The guy saved the world again and again for her, after all.

Richard Cas­tle (Cas­tle)

Hav­ing been raised by a sin­gle par­ent him­self, Richard Cas­tle (Nathan Fil­lion) al­ways makes sure his daugh­ter knows she is the most im­por­tant per­son in his life above his ca­reer and so­cial life.

This ex­plains why he never hired a nanny; choos­ing in­stead to raise Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) by him­self ... with a lit­tle help from his mum, who lives with him.

While he’s quite a fun dad, Richard can be strict too. The fact that Alexis turns out to be quite a sen­si­ble young woman, who can give Richard sound ad­vice when he needs it, proves he’s done a good job.

Tony Mi­celli (Who’s The Boss? )

Tony Mi­celli (Tony Danza) must be saluted for breaking all kinds of stereo­types: The former pro­fes­sional ath­lete not only took on the job of a house­keeper but he’s also a great sin­gle dad.

How great? He bought a bra for his teenage daugh­ter Sam (Alyssa Mi­lano) de­spite be­ing em­bar­rassed about the whole thing and was to­tally up­set that his lit­tle girl was grow­ing up too fast.

Plus, “Mr Good Mum” not only cared for Sam, he also took gen­uine in­ter­est in the well-be­ing of his em­ployer’s young son, Jonathan.

Danny Tan­ner (Full House )

What makes Danny Tan­ner (Bob Saget) a great fa­ther is that he isn’t afraid to ask for help. And who’s bet­ter at help­ing out than his own fam­ily

mem­bers and good friends?

When his wife dies sud­denly, leav­ing him with the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of rais­ing his three daugh­ters, in­clud­ing a baby girl, Danny turned to his broth­erin-law and a child­hood friend to help par­ent the girls.

As we know,


Rick Grimes (The Walk­ing Dead

Be­ing a sin­gle dad is al­ready hard enough; Rick Grimes (An­drew Lin­coln) has to be one while nav­i­gat­ing through a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse.

Rick’s love for his son Carl (Chan­dler Riggs) – he’ll do any­thing in his power to make sure he’s safe – is one of the most beau­ti­ful things about the show. But he is more than just a fa­ther to Carl. The way he watches out for the group of sur­vivors he leads, Rick is a fa­ther to many oth­ers as well.

John Winch­ester (Su­per­nat­u­ral

John Winch­ester (Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan) prob­a­bly wasn’t the kind of fa­ther who told his sons Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ack­les) that there were no mon­sters un­der the bed. After their mother was killed by a de­mon in the mid­dle of the night, John raised his sons to hunt su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures fear­lessly.

While John was not the per­fect fa­ther – he was of­ten away fight­ing off evil forces, leav­ing older brother Dean to be the man of the house – he did the best he could to en­sure his fam­ily’s safety and passed on his knowl­edge as a hunter to his sons.

Ge­orge Alt­man (Subur­ga­tory

Sin­gle fa­ther Ge­orge (Jeremy Sisto), who knows noth­ing about the mind of a teenage girl, but al­ways tries his best to un­der­stand his 16-year-old daugh­ter Tessa (Jane Levy). It doesn’t al­ways turn out well, but Ge­orge’s heart is in the right place.

Fred An­drews

Like most teenagers, Riverdale’s Archie An­drews (KJ Apa) changes his mind a mil­lion times a day. One mo­ment, he wants to play foot­ball, the next, he wants to de­velop his mu­si­cal tal­ent. And don’t even get us started on his messy love life – a pen­du­lum that swings be­tween Veron­ica and Josie And The Pussy­cat’s Va­lerie (and some­times, Betty).

No mat­ter what his de­ci­sions (or in­de­ci­sions), Archie’s fa­ther Fred (Luke Perry) has stood by him through it all. While Fred wanted his son to fol­low in his foot­steps in the con­struc­tion busi­ness, he grad­u­ally ac­cepted and sup­ported Archie’s mu­sic en­deav­ours.

In a town so rife with lies and de­cep­tion, it’s nice to see that the sin­gle dad didn’t suc­cumb to any un­der­hand deal­ings es­pe­cially when the go­ing gets tough, thus set­ting a good ex­am­ple for Archie.

Ig­na­cio Suarez (Ugly Betty

As the sin­gle fa­ther to Betty (Amer­ica Fer­rera) and Hilda (Ana Or­tiz), and grand­fa­ther to Justin (Mark In­del­i­cato), Ig­na­cio Suarez (Tony Plana) al­ways knew just the right thing to say.

After a long, dif­fi­cult day at mag­a­zine, you could count on Ig­na­cio’s warm, sooth­ing voice to com­fort Betty.

Sure, he had doubts when the less-than-fash­ion­able Betty first an­nounced she was go­ing to work at a fash­ion mag­a­zine, but his love and sup­port for her never waned, and that’s prob­a­bly what made Betty the op­ti­mistic, glass half full per­son she is on the show.

The Walk­ing Dead The Flash 24 Cas­tle Ugly Betty

Subur­ga­tory Su­per­nat­u­ral Riverdale Who’s The Boss?

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