From The BVX–TV dads don’t get enough credit. And while most scripted families left the child-rearing to women — Mama from “What’s Happening,” Nell from “Gimme a Break” — we’re honoring a few good men this Father’s Day who embraced their roles and took a strong stance in raising their broods.
Does anyone remember the ZRBTT ? It’s what little Rudy Huxtable called the sloppy kisses her dad Cliff Huxtable gave her that sounded like stinky flatulence. In one episode of “The Cosby Show,” teenage Rudy rearranges her room in a rebellious way and Cliff reminds her that parents aren’t the plague and, while she can make some of her own decisions, she would always be his baby girl.
The 13-year-old ZRBTT:
The first ZRBTT:
2. Fred and Lamont Sanford on “Sanford and Son”
Life for Lamont, Fred Sanford’s son and business partner, may have been cozy as a child but as a 30-year-old man trying to get lucky with the ladies while living at home — forget it. When Lamont and a date seek some on-the-couch affection Fred interrupts them repeatedly with complaints of “Arthur Ritis,” just falling short of his favorite one-liner, “Elizabeth, I’m coming to join you!” When Lamont moves out, he realizes that he really can’t live without his dad because he’s the only one who really cares.
3. Mr. Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes”
Sometimes the saying “Dad” is the same as saying “I love you.” When Arnold and Willis decide to use the term to refer to Mr. Drummond after the adoption is finalized, he almost melts.
The “melt” moment is 5:02:
4. Bernie Mac on “The Bernie Mac Show”
Like he did in life, Bernie adopted his sister’s children after she goes into drug rehab on the late comedian’s self-titled sitcom. Bernie and the wife try to maintain control over the household though their nephew and two nieces, one who is bitter and distant, consistently contradicts their wishes. Sometimes fathers have to lay down the law “until the white meat shows.” Merely a threat, Bernie breaks through to his bunch making him the go-to shoulder to cry on.
5. Carl Winslow on “Family Matters”
When Eddie gets pulled over for DWB (driving while black) Carl believes Eddie must have been in the wrong. After all, Eddie had gotten two speeding tickets in two months. When Eddie describes how he was told to lay down, hands behind his back, Carl finds his fellow men in blue and sets them straight about racial profiling.