The typical TV dad is an archetype so ingrained in Western culture that we need not dissect the character writ large. Picture a sweater, occasional exasperation and a pat on the back; there you have it. Another “TV dad” meme existing alongside this My Three Sons type of paternal model is “the bad father,” to use the simplest terms. The bad TV dad is usually an oafish lout fueled by a mix of alcohol and self-centered eccentricities. Depending on the quality of the writing (for example, see The Simpsons, seasons 3 – 11), these characters can be amusing and even charming, despite the fact that they are actually terrible fathers. Rather than reach for the low hanging-fruit of your Peter Griffins or Archie Bunkers, we decided to go a bit deeper on this list: were these fathers not actor portrayals, they would be less laugh-inducing and more horridly depressing.