Television sitcoms from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s offered an array of family situations. The Wonder Years featured a nuclear family, as did Roseanne, Growing Pains, and Family Ties. Widowers like Danny Tanner on Full House and Max Sheffield on The Nanny were helped by uncles and, well, nannies, respectively. Blended families on Step by Step and the juxtaposition of Will and the rest of the Banks family on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air added another perspective on kinship.
Moms were missing from a few of these shows, but each one had a dad. Sitcom fathers could be quirky and fun, or stern and gruff, and some were exactly the person to seek out for much-needed advice. The different big dad energy seen across the sitcom dad spectrum is impressive, as are facts about the men who brought those characters to life.
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