We Salute Television’s Dads

father's day clip artAt this time of year, we think of those unsung heroes and for the most part, the first man we had a relationship with. That’s right DAD… we salute all those television dads whether they are lawyers, surgeons, cops, writers, or the President of the United States. We love them all and in honor of Father’s Day..

mark and derek as dadsBoth of these dads are no longer with us, but we can’t start off a father’s day tribute without mentioning them. Dr Mark Sloane (Eric Dane of The Last Ship) and Derek Shepherd (remembered as the death of the year , Patrick Dempsey) were two awesome dads. Mark had found out that he had fathered another daughter, Sloan and add karma that Sloan was pregnant as well. Shortly after Sloan left, Mark had a night of passion with his bff Callie which resulted in her and Arizona’s daughter , Sophia. Derek adopted a girl from Africa named Zola and he also has two other children, Bailey , born on the night of a storm and Ellis born eight months after his death.

don draper as dad“Mad Men” may have had its last hurrah but we will long remember super Dad , Don Draper (Jon Hamm) . Here he is with his children Sally, Bobby, and Gene. Sally was scarred when she saw her step mother have sex with Roger Sterling and her father with a neighbor lady .

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Here is Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn  Walker ) of “Chicago Fire” holding his new son with his wife and father who is none other than (shut your mouth, Shaft) Richard Roundtree

EMPIRE: Lucious (Terrence Howard, second from L) gifts his sons in the special two-hour “Die But Once/Who I Am” Season Finale episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, March 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured L-R: Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray and Trai Byers. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

 One of television’s newest hits is Fox’s “Empire” . The patriarch of the Lyon empire is Lucius Lyon (Terrence Howard) . Here he is with his three talented and smart sons. Hakeem, Jamal, and Andre.

some people never grow upRick Castle of “Castle” (Nathan Fillion) became a dad when his wife Meredith became pregnant. Alexis was born and then Meredith left Rick to raise her alone with Martha’s help. Now Alexis is all grown up even though it seems Dad has a problem with that. Hopefully Kate will make him grow up in time for their kids.

ari-gold-and-daugtherIn honor of the release of the “Entourage ” movie, we present another awesome daddy and that is Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) . Here he is at the Bat Mitzvah of his daughter . She only wanted one thing, she wanted Vinnie Chase to come to the celebration. Mazel tov!

poppa-pope-eliJoe Morton of this summer’s “Proof” is the winner of the father of the year on “Scandal” Joe is Rowan/ Eli Pope. the father of Olivia Pope. Rowan by day is a paleontologist at the Smithsonian but at night is the head of B613. Eli has murdered and besides  that he had kept Olivia’s mother prisoner, killed Olivia’s lover’s son, and just caused mayhem. Here he belittles Olivia.

maddie and deaconChip Esten is Deacon Claybourne the “Nashville” dad who found out the love of his life’s  daughter was his. Maddie worships Deacon and has inherited her dad and mom’s talent. Will Maddie lose her dad since he was going under the knife?

christeningOn “Scandal”  . Cyrus Beane and his late husband James Novak, (Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky) adopted a little angel by the name of Ella. Here they are on the day of her christening, Ella has special godparents since one of them is the President of the United States. Maybe years later Ella will find out what happened between Aunt Olivia and Uncle Fitz that day.

danno and  gracieScott Caan may be looking for the bad guys on “Hawaii Five O ” but first he is a dad to his little girl , Gracie .

goldbergsMurray Goldberg is a man of the eighties. Jeff Garlin is the very real dad of the Goldberg clan. He rules his castle from his Lazy Boy throne wearing his tighty whities and nothing else.

blackish with dreAnthony Anderson  is “Dre” the man who wants his children to embrace their heritage on “Blackish” . The problem is he is raising his kids in the middle of suburban LA.

Tom Selleck has returned to television in “Blue Bloods” As Frank Reagan , he is father to his police officers and his whole family.

stabler of svuOn “Law and Order SVU” Christopher Meloni as  Elliot Stabler works to preserve the rights of children and sex abuse victims. This is important since he is also a father to his children.

lindsay and hank chicago pd Lindsay has a father figure in Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) on “Chicago PD” . He also has a son and acts as the father to his cops in the Windy City as well.

juliette avery and babyJoshua Jackson as Avery on “Nashville” has recently become a new dad with his daughter . Both mother and dad continue to shine on the Opry stage as they balance parenthood.

the chief and maggieDr Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) embarked on an affair many years ago with Ellis Grey. Richard was married to Adele and Ellis to Thatcher . The affair resulted in a daughter , Maggie who returned years later to Seattle. Richard has also acted as a father figure to his interns , especially Meredith Grey.

teddy and fitzFinally we end with a man who is the acting father to his kids. He acts as father because he isn’t sure they are his. Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) is the Leader of the Free World and POTUS on “Scandal”. Despite how happy he looks, there is only one person who brings him any joy and that is Olivia. We all hope that Olivia will make him a father again very soon.

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