14 of the Worst TV Dads of All Time

If you're anything like us, this year's Father's Day celebration will probably consist of grilling out, drinking a few brewskis and having a catch in the backyard with dear old pops. But not all fathers are created equal; some folks get stuck with duds for dads, and what better way to remind you how grateful you are for your old man than by running down the worst TV dads?

Grab a drank and then check out the the list below... and then hug your dad.

1. Aaron Echolls, Veronica Mars


Not only did Aaron beat his son and have an affair with his son's girlfriend, but he murdered her in a fit of rage. And then when his son's new girlfriend found out and was going to turn him in, he tried to kill her, too. He may have been a movie star, but he's not winning any Father of the Year awards.


2. Malcolm Merlyn, Arrow

Malcolm failed both of his children. His son Tommy died in Malcolm's attempt to destroy the Glades as vengeance for the murder of his wife, while he forced his daughter Thea, the product of an affair with Moira Queen, to murder her friend Sara Lance in order to spark trouble.


3. Jimmy Cooper, The O.C.

Jimmy meant well—and it couldn't have easy being married to Julie, who probably thought money really did grow on trees—but bad investments, stealing from clients and having to skip town didn't exactly paint him in the best light.


4. Rabbit, Banshee

Rabbit raised his daughter within his criminal organization, and when she tried to escape with the love of her life, Rabbit set him up to be arrested and imprisoned. Fifteen years and two TV seasons later, Rabbit tried to kill them both, because god forbid his daughter have a life of her own.


5. Don Draper, Mad Men

Don wasn't always the worst—there were moments toward the end with Sally that were really great—but he was an absentee father who didn't even know how to interact with his children, and who placed his own wants and desires above their own.


6. Walter White, Breaking Bad

For a long time, Walter claimed he did everything for his family, and although it probably started out that way, he came to like being a bad man because it felt good. Unfortunately, it put his entire family in danger, and in the end, he lost it all.


7. Conrad Grayson, Revenge

No matter how you look at it, Conrad was an evil man. Responsible for a tragic plane crash that killed hundreds of people, he framed his wife's lover and taught his children to cherish money and power above all else.


8. Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

Tony was good at being bad, and it's one of the reasons we love him. Heck, he's the reason several of the other men on this list even exist. But his life of crime made life incredibly difficult for his two children, Meadow and A.J.


9. Dan Scott, One Tree Hill

Even if we ignore the fact Dan murdered his own brother, he's still one of the worst human beings on this list. Having impregnated two women within a short amount of time, he abandoned the first son to raise the second, who eventually hated Dan enough to become an emancipated minor.


10. Christopher Hayden, Gilmore Girls

Christopher popped in and out of Rory's life infrequently over the years, but it was still frequently enough to give her hope that he'd changed, only for him to prove over and over again that he hadn't. And when he was around, it was usually just to remind everyone how much he sucked.


11. Arlo Givens, Justified

Raylan never much liked his wannabe criminal father, and Arlo never liked the son who became a lawman. But the real kicker came when Arlo shot a man in a hat to save Boyd Crowder -- and had just assumed that man had been Raylan. Ouch.


12. Stannis Baratheon, Game of Thrones

It'd be easier to highlight the few good fathers of Westeros than try to single out the worst, but we're going to hand it to Stannis, who burned his daughter alive for religious convictions and for a chance at becoming king. We can still hear her screams.


13. Frank Gallagher, Shameless


There are horrible fathers, and then there's Frank. An alcoholic, he frequently abandoned his six children to get high, blew through whatever money they had and routinely disappeared for days or weeks on end. The Gallaghers had to raise themselves, but whenever Frank needed more money or managed to find his way home, he usually just made things worse.


14. John Winchester, Supernatural

John isn't the worst father on this list, but when his wife was killed by the yellow-eyed demon, he packed his two sons into a car and spent his entire life fighting monsters and hoping to avenge her death. Sam and Dean were raised in crappy motel rooms on crappy food, and it's no wonder that they are unable to live normal, happy, healthy lives as adults.

Who would make your list of worst TV dads?


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Mar 23, 2017
John Winchester doesn't deserve to be on the list, ya hunting demons wasn't the healthiest way to raise his sons but he was a single father and he tried. Gotta give him that.

I expected Dan to be a lot higher on this list since he should be

Others
King Henry- Reign, married on of his sons off to his mistress and tried to kill the other. Among other things

Arvin Sloan- Alias
The dad on- Beautiful People, slept with his daughters best friend
Hank Summers- Buffy
Matt's dad- Friday Night lights
Meredith's father- Grey's Anatomy

Alot of people mentioned Clay as a step father, but also like most everyone on SOA who was a father. Most of the guys in the club were fathers but weren't involved in the kids lives. And he doesn't deserve to be on the list and isn't anywhere near Clay's level but lets not forget John Teller wrote that he supposedly didn't want Jax in the life but pretty much left him with Gemma knowing what would happen and spent most of his time at the end of his life in Ireland with his secret second family, girlfriend and love child, meanwhile Thomas, Jax's younger brother was in the hospital dying and Gemma was dealing with it alone. A better person, John was, but he def wasn't winning any parent awards either.
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Sep 17, 2016
  • I'm shocked nobody has mentioned Once upon a Time's Peter Pan. I mean the guy completely abandoned his son in favor of eternal youth and mocks his adult son Rumple for it. Then proceeds to kidnap his grandson and keep him captive for centuries. After that sends agents to Storybrook to kidnap his great grandson so he could rip out his heart and when that fails decides to not kill his son only so he could see his face when he kills everyone he loves and curse everyone else. Now that is a bad father.
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Jun 27, 2016
Frank Reynolds from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
most of the things he did/does to his "kids" are outrageous!
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Jun 24, 2016
I don't know that Christopher deserves to be on a list with murdering Malcolm, Dan and Aaron.
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Jun 22, 2016
Hank Summers: Pretty much abandoned Buffy after divorcing Joyce and never looked back, well he did but "sometimes" Then when his eldest daughter died only seemed to be able to make what? one phone call to his youngest? If that.

Kieth Mars: Kidding, he's the best. I just thought someone should say so.
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Jun 22, 2016



PUSHING DAISIES
had a couple crappy fathers. First there's Ned's father (who didn't even get a name), a man who, after the untimely death of his wife, dumped his son Ned at a boarding school for boys, remarried and then dumped his twin kids at a magic show. Also, Charles Charles, Chuck's father, who threatened t expose Ned's secret, stole his car, and tried to emotionally blackmail Charlotte to leave Ned and prefer cake over pie!
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Jun 21, 2016
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Peter Griffin. He has to be worse than Homer.
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Dec 11, 2016
who let you back in the house meg?
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Jun 21, 2016
Can't believe Smallville's Lionel Luthor isn't on the list
Raised his kid in a very unwholsome environment
instigated a rivalry between his sons (Stefan Salvatore) and Lex
Had Lex committed and electroshocked to keep his secret.


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Jun 20, 2016
I disagree with the inclusion of John Winchester on this list. I'm not a fan of the character, but worst dad ever...no. Not even in the top 20 worst on TV. He could be a bastard, but there is no doubt that he loved his boys, worked to keep them safe, and tried his best.

I've never watched Shameless, but simply based on the description of Frank Gallagher, he also shouldn't be on the list. A deadbeat dad just can't compare will the guys who killed or attempted to kill their kids.

I would include on this list: (a few have been mentioned in other comments)
- Barlow Connally from Longmire, who killed his own son to cover up his other crimes. This one was hard for me because he was played by the AMAZING Gerald McRaney who makes my list as one of the best dads on TV and I hated watching him be an asshole.
- Clay Morrow from Sons of Anarchy, I know he was only a step-dad, but step-dad's are dads and have a huge influence on their kids and he was no exception. Just a horrible human being.
- Peter Pan from Once Upon a Time. He completely abandoned his son, tried to kill his son and grandson, and tricked and stole the heart of his great-grandson. Yep, he's horrible.
- Lionel Luther from Smallville, who made it his life’s ambition to destroy his son.
- Phillip Bauer from 24, betrayed and attempted to kill his son and was complicit in the death of many others. I don’t understand how Jack was as good a man as he was with a father and brother like he had. They were terrible.

To make me feel better about the state of television, here are my top five TV dad’s:
5. Henry, Frank and Danny Reagan of Blue Bloods. One of the most supportive and loving families who have these amazing men as role models. They are tough, kind and very wise. Most importantly, they know that they aren’t perfect and are always learning to be better men and fathers.
4. Johnston Greene of Jericho. Was he hard on his boys? Yes. Did he do everything within his power to help, guide and strengthen them? Yes.
3. Sheriff Stilinski of Teen Wolf. The love between father and son is so palpable and touching. Their scenes always quickly become fan favorites.
2. Joe West of The Flash. Loving, wise, kind, strict, comforting, supportive…just all around great man, fantastic human being and the best role model his kids could ever have. The only thing that keeps him from topping the list is the whole making everybody lie to Iris in Season 1 thing.
1. Bobby Singer of Supernatural. One of the best human beings in the world who was a better father to his boys than their actual father. “Family don’t end with blood.” He would do anything, anything to help HIS boys.
Honorable Mentions: Aaron Hotchner of Criminal Minds, Danny Williams of Hawaii 5-0, Rick Grimes of The Walking Dead, Rick Castle of Castle

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Jun 21, 2016
Frank does belong on that list. He's not just a deadbeat or an absentee father. You have to watch the show to know the scummy things he's done to his family.

And this isn't a Most Evil Dads list, just the worst. They don't have to kill people to make it on there.

And John Winchester screwed up his kids for life. Had he simply mourned their mother's death with his kids and tried to help them live normal lives, they might have turned out okay (okay, Azazel still would have come back for Sam, so... scratch normal life). But he dragged them around the country on a vendetta, putting himself and them in danger at their expense and not being around as a result.

Their mother never wanted them to live this life. Sam goes off to college to succeed in life and John disowns him. Like in Death's Door where Bobby yells at John that they ought to be throwing a ball around instead of learning how to shoot. Like in Bad Boys, on his insistence that Dean leave *immediately* instead of letting him stay for the dance. He made them soldiers and treated them like soldiers, not sons. And then he burdens Dean with Sam's secret and the survivor's guilt of being alive at his expense.
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Jun 20, 2016
People forgot The Frey from GOT
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Jun 20, 2016
How does Mikael from The Vampire Diaries/The Originals not make this list?
If spending 1000 years doing everything you can to make your children miserable (and preferably dead) isn't enough to get you on the bad dads list, nothing is.
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Jun 20, 2016
How about The Smoking Man from The X-Files? He shot one son in the head and he is Mulder's biological father, they have an interesting relationship. Locke's father from Lost deserves a place here too, a terrible man.
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Jun 20, 2016
You missed Homer!
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Jun 20, 2016
He was on my original list! I unfortunately had to make some cuts for time. But yes, Homer is a bad dad for sure.
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Jun 21, 2016
Homer from the Simpsons? I guess thats from the later seasons of Simpsons.
In The early season:
he worked Several Jobs so Lisa could get a pony.
Gave up his dream to provide for Lisa.
Bart well a lot of bad things there but Still thats their groove.

Homer is bad at a lot of things but not as a father.
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Jun 20, 2016
Only watched 2 of the 14 shows in the article. Over the years there are many imperfect (human) dads on tv, but many more imperfect (human) sons & daughters whose characters didn't appreciate how good they had it compared to most people in the world.
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Jun 20, 2016
Jared Talbot, Ethan's father from Penny Dreadful. Turning your son in a butcherer of Indians isn't getting you any father of the year awards in my books. Also being surprised that your son then turns on you is funny.
p.s. Ethan's Apache father wasn't much better, massacring the Talbot family, while promising not to do so.
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Jun 20, 2016
The fact that there are so many bad fathers (and bad men in general) on TV in recent and current shows indicates the glorification of really creepy and bad people on TV these days. I prefer men of character in my stories rather than watching the horrors that Tony Soprano, for example, inflicted on innocent people and people equally evil as him. I don't get this taking pleasure in watching bad people do bad things.
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Jun 20, 2016
Actually you could fill this article with almost all the fathers from Game of Thrones:
Craster, Tarly, Lannister, Greyjoy, Aerys, Robert Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon,...
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Jun 20, 2016
Yep. It was hard to pick just one.
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Jun 20, 2016
Well, if I had to pick I would also go for Stannis. Or for Craster.
It's really hard to decide. ^^
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Jun 20, 2016
then there is 50 cents in Power. he killed his son
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Jun 20, 2016
I am shocked that Clay Morrow isn't here
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Jun 20, 2016
I cut him from the list for the sole reason he was Jax's step-father and not biological father. But still. He was the worst. It'd be hard to condense why he was so awful into just a few sentences!
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Jun 20, 2016
Agree he was a major asswipe & I didn't shed a tear when he died but he wasn't a dad though
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Jun 20, 2016
I'm sure I can come up with more, but I'm rewatching Firefly, and it's pretty much:
Simon: I think your 14 year old daughter is being tortured.
Simon's parents: What are you talking about? don't answer that, we're going partying.

Also, Peter Pan from Once, Locke's dad from Lost, Hank Summers(leaving is one thing but your fake daughter is underage and alonesome with her sister's drugged unemplyed friend and the best parental figure paying her attention is a blood sucking old dude. ) I probably have so much more but they're slipping my mind at the moment.
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Jun 20, 2016
Frank Gallagher by far

No matter how bad a dad is in any show I've ever watched, none of them have ever made me facepalm & groan "Oh Jesus, Frank! What the fuck?" with such rock solid consistency as he does.
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Jun 20, 2016
I definitely second Dan Scott, from OTH. The guy who played him (Paul Johansson) certainly ends up on my List of Actors Who Are Good At Playing Outrageously Horrible People... hereby joining:
-Matt Barr (Psycho Derek, also from OTH)
-Jack Gleeson (Prince/King Joffrey, from GoT)
-Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Jaime Lannister, from GoT)

Anyway, I digress. I must, however, disagree with the placement of Christopher, Rory Gilmore's dad, on this list. He was mostly absentee, of course, but he always seemed like a good guy who had the best of intentions. I definitely never thought he sucked - that seems a bit harsh.

PS: Would it be possible to do a Best TV Dads list, if you haven't already? Because if so, the great Keith Mars needs a top spot... :)
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Jun 20, 2016
Joe West on The Flash is also one the best dads on TV. Not all his decisions are correct but they all come from love and care for his kids.
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Jun 20, 2016
I thought that exact thing. Veronica Mars has and example of worst AND best dads, for sure.
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Jun 20, 2016
It's a really great contrast. Keith Mars is obviously the greatest dad ever.
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Jun 20, 2016
"Who's your daddy?"

"I hate it when you say that."
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Jun 20, 2016
rumpelstiltskin ouat
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Jun 21, 2016
Rumple is a bad man but a good dad even a good grandpa. when there was plot to destroy storybrooke He had a plan to escape with his grandson.
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Jun 20, 2016
I'll see your Rumplestiltskin and raise you a Peter Pan.
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Jun 20, 2016
Hook's father, too. He sold his children to pay debts.
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Jun 20, 2016
Morland Holmes (Elementary) from the sound of it.
George Bluth (Arrested Development)
Hunson Abadeer (Adventure Time)
Phillip Bauer (24)
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Jun 21, 2016
Morland not even close. From your tone I am not sure if you watched Elementary.
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Jun 21, 2016
What I should have said was "if Sherlock is to be believed". I mean more the father we're left to imagine he was in the past than what we've seen on screen.
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Jun 21, 2016
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Jun 20, 2016
Martin Mertens - Finn's Dad from Adventure Time.

Peter Hastings - Pretty Little Liars.

Clay Morrow -Sons of Anarchy.

Each of them are horrible.
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Jun 20, 2016
Aria's dad totally creeps me out on PLL. Maybe he's not a BAD father, but I'm just grossed out whenever he's around. I think we're supposed to consider him a good father. . .
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Jun 20, 2016
He's not the worst of the fathers on the show but he's still fairly bad. He let his teenage daughter carry around the burden of knowing about his affair for so long. But compared to Hanna and Spencer's Dads he's not so bad.
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Jun 20, 2016
In terms of being "a good father", you're right, but I never got weird pedophile vibes from Spencer's dad like from Aria's. Really, he makes my skin crawl. Part of it is his hooking up with college girls history, but part of it is that the actor just doesn't do "dad" right. I feel like he's trying to have "chemistry" or something with the younger actresses. I think the writers will say, "seem suspicious" in the script, and the actor goes with "seem weird and intense". Haha, it's hard to explain, I just don't like his vibe. Doesn't help that that show is just FILLED with pedophiles. Probably part of what makes my mind go to the "ick" place.
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Jun 20, 2016
Worst dad from GoT? Craster

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Jun 20, 2016
worst dad/granddad/greatgranddad
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Jun 20, 2016
Louis XII (Ryan Gage) on The Musketeers. For starters, he couldn't father children. It ended up with a Musketeer having to cuckold him to give him a non-blood heir.


Then he treated the fathering Musketeer, Aramis, like crap. Yes, different times, different standards. But you know, half an ounce of gratitude can save you trouble later...

Then Louis spoils the Dauphin rotten and basically treats him like a life-size playdoll from what we see. Like a little mini-Louis to pour all the affection into him that Louis' father Henry never gave him.


Then when Louis does become father, and discovers he's dying, he chooses two of the worse relatives ever to take over for him as father when he dies: His half-brother Philippe, who is secretly plotting against Louis to become King of France and only saves his rep by having a last-minute change of heart against his fellow co-conspirator Lucien Grimaud.

And at the same time, Louis brings back Gaston, the brother? who previously tried to gather an army to march on Paris and take the throne. At least Feron pretended to like the Dauphin: Gaston couldn't even be bothered: ten minutes after Louis was dead, Gaston was literally cursing his brother's corpse and shortly thereafter--to no one's surprise whatsoever--gathered an army to march on Paris and take the throne from his nephew.

And previously, Louis was treating the only father-figure he knew, Treville, like crap most of the time. Even when he tried to honor him after his death by making Treville the Regent, he screwed over his wife Queen Anne because of that cuckolding thing. I'm not sure how it worked in Ye Olde Times, but was making someone else Regent really going to make for a particularly secure mother-son relationship when the son is the heir apparent? "I'm your mother and the Queen, little Dauphin. Go to bed." "But Regent Treville said I could stay up late and sign papers!"

So Louis wasn't the worst father in the world on a purely personal level. But boy did his lack of personal judgement and talent for totally trusting the wrong people and boning over the right ones screw up life for his son in the years to come.


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Jun 20, 2016
Finally, someone who watches The Musketeers.
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Jun 20, 2016
Well, I did do a couple of reviews of it on TV.com...
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Jun 19, 2016
My Younger Brother
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Jun 19, 2016
Good list.

George Bluth - Arrested Development. Leaves his kids holding the bag, sleeps around on his wife, sets everything up for failure.
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Jun 19, 2016
I agree with this list, the ones I've seen, except maybe John Winchester. I mean, he wasn't the best, but most of these others were worse. Most of these dads were bad due to choices they made on purpose, but John would have probably been a perfect father had his wife not been murdered. Anyway, I'm giving him a pass.

Other bad dads from shows I like:

Hank Summers: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He just pretty much abandoned his family when he and Joyce got a divorce, eventually starting a new family in Europe or something? and not even making an appearance when Buffy and Dawn lost their mother and were having to take care of and support themselves.

Nate's father on Leverage: He was just a criminal, bully, and alcoholic who left the family and caused Nate plenty of problems, though he did show that he loved his son in his own way, in the end.

And the winner:

Justin's father: Queer as Folk (US). He was a homophobe who refused to support his son's sexual orientation, or his desire to be an artist rather than a businessman, and attacked his son's boyfriend physically, twice. Once with his fists and once by ramming his car. Though his disapproval of that particular relationship could have been understandable due to the age difference, his handling of it wasn't ok. And he kicked Justin out of his home unless he was willing to give up his "disgusting lifestyle". He then went on to monetarily support a bill to take away the rights of gay citizens knowing full well that that included his son, and encouraged the police to arrest said son when he was peacefully protesting the bill. Luckily, Justin had two of the best moms on tv looking out for him (his own and Michael's mom Debbie).
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Jun 20, 2016
I don't have a good handle on John Winchester. In the early episodes it seemed that his flaws as a dad were mainly around his obsession about hunting, which kinda ties with him wanting to keep his children safe. I suppose sudden exposure to the supernatural could make you go off the deep end with security. Even if leaving two minors in dingy motels for long periods of time with a box of cereal and a shotgun isn't the greatest parenting, if that was it, I'd let it go.

But the later episodes paint him in a darker light, I think. It seems he was an alcoholic and his absences were due as much to benders as they were for hunting things. And lest we forget, he did have a whole other family and felt comfortable leaving them live a normal life (though they did get eaten alive by ghouls so... there's that). So I'm not really sure if John was the worst or just not very good.

Same kind of shift applies for Giuseppe Salvatore. He was definitely abusive and did shoot his own sons point blank but the early episodes made him seem mostly judgemental and authoritative, while the latest season painted him as a guy who wanted to control his family with fear and emotional terror as much as physical abuse.

Totally agreed on Hank Summers.
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Jun 20, 2016
Hmm, I have to admit, though I'm probably only about a season behind on Supernatural, I don't really remember all of that. I guess I formed my opinion on him earlier in the show and didn't take in to account (or clearly, even recall) the newer information.
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Jun 20, 2016
Thank you! I 100% agree w/ you re: Justin's dad.
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Jun 20, 2016
Yay! A Queer as Folk fan. :) That is seriously one of my favorite shows of all time, and unlike with Buffy, Veronica Mars, or Firefly (for example) I often feel like other tv.com-ers don't know what I'm talking about when I bring it up.

Screw Justin's dad!
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Jun 21, 2016
I KNOW!!! And QAF was monumental. It was such a boundary-pushing show @ that time... plus just such wonderful characters & stories. There were so many fan sites while it was on air - How has everyone completely forgotten it already? :( PS, major thumbs up for Debbie & Jennifer, both totally amazing moms in very different ways. Two of my faves. &3
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Jun 19, 2016
Stan Smith 'American Dad' Stan just sucks at being a father.
Victor Frankenstein - 'Penny Dreadful' - he used science to create life but he never cared about what happened to it.
Frank Reynolds - 'Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - Frank may just be Dennis and Dee's step father but above all of that he is a terrible terrible father.
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Jun 20, 2016
Well, Frank is the perfect father for Dennis and Dee. :P
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Jun 19, 2016
Haven't watched all the series here but Stannis Baratheon is WAY worse than Walter White or Tony Soprano, the three kind of had good intentions but only one of them burned alive his daughter, that's like 847 steps above causing collateral hard-life by being a bad guy.
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Jun 19, 2016
If I remember correctly next to GOT Lost had the worst Dads. About everybody on Lost had severe Daddy issues.
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Jun 19, 2016
It's a great list. But there are a few others that deserve mentioning:

Lionel Luther on Smallville. I don't have to explain why.

Jor-El came in close second. He was always trying to control his son from beyond the grave. Letting go wasn't his strong suit. He also couldn't stop talking about vague things like destiny. Be a little more specific. Man, i hated that guy.

The Americans: Philip Jennings. Yes the best show on TV has parenting issues. And Elizabeth isn't the best mother either. They're both the worst and are equally to blame that their offspring is completely screwed up.

I know it's not mother's day but i had to mention her:

Carrie Mathison on Homeland. She left her daughter with her sister for months and almost drowned her kid in the bathtub when she got back. I'm so sorry for you Frannie. You deserve better.

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Jun 20, 2016
I almost added Lionel Luther but I secretly LOVE Lionel Luther. I can't explain it.
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Jun 21, 2016
Well, who doesn't?
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Jun 20, 2016
Ugh. Luthor. Whatever. It's Monday.
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Jun 20, 2016
I like that you mentioned Smallville.
If it was mothers, then again Lost wins. Faraday's mother, kills him in the past and then raises him to go there even though he is obviously suffering through the whole thing.
I'm quite suprised by the fact that Lost wins this page so easily. So many shows dealing with daddy and abandonmnet issues of all kinds, weird that they haven't topped that.
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Jun 19, 2016
What about Arvin Slobe from alias he killed his own daughter
because of his obbsion with Rambaldi
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Jun 19, 2016
I haven´t seen most of the series mentioned, but I think Walter White wasnt that bad as a father, at least he cared!
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Jun 19, 2016
- Tywin Lannister. He despised his three children and tried to have Tyrion killed, for crying out loud !
- Lost also had its share of bad dads. If I had to pick one, I'd say Locke's. Stealing your son's kidney belongs to a "worst acts of villainy ever" list.
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Jun 20, 2016
he's not the best dad, but that's because he cared so much about his house and none of his kids ever seemed to

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Jun 20, 2016
I agree that he's been more aware of the interests of House Lannister than his children are most of the time, but some of his vilest acts can't be justified this way. How did lying about Tysha being a whore and having her raped benefited House Lannister ? How did sentencing Tyrion to die ? How did sleeping with Shae ?
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Jun 21, 2016
yeah, he's pretty terrible as a dad, actually

stannis just seems so much worse because before he burned his daughter he seemed to really care about her
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Jun 21, 2016
Oh, he genuinely cared about her, definitely ( finding a cure for greyscale must not be easy, even for the king's brother ). Of course, that indeed makes it worse he cared about victory even more.
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Jun 19, 2016
The guy from Gilmore Girls? C'mon there are a lot worse.
Even Cray from Treme is worse 'cause he just killed himself. As simple as that, no evil plots or anything, just left his family.
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Jun 19, 2016
Because I still refuse to acknowlegde what that show did to Stannis, I nominate Tywin Lannister and Randyll Tarly from ASOIAF instead.

Also Peter Pan from Once Upon a Time. Guy's a (magnificent) asshole.
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Jun 19, 2016
I don't think John Winchester should be on this list. Questionable parenting choices, yes... worst tv dad material? probably not.

Here's one nobody's suggested yet: Bo's father (Lost Girl). :)
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Jun 19, 2016
Homer Simpson.

'nuff said.
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Jun 21, 2016
I agree. He's so awful that he annoys the heck out of his wife and kids.
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Jun 19, 2016
What the.. new content on a weekend?

If I had to pick anyone from GoT I'd have chosen Walder Frey. Stannis was a saint compared to him. Even Tywin was worse.

But to be frank I'd have to go with Frank Reynolds and Frank Costanza.
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Jun 19, 2016
Um Jack Bauer's dad, Phillip. Let's see, he tried to kill his son on several occasions actually killed his other son. Was partly responsible for several terrorist attacks including the nerve gas attack and the assassination of a President, the nukes in one season. And then kidnapped his grandson. I am not sure you can get worse than that.
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Jun 19, 2016
Eli Pope - Scandal
Peter Griffin - Family Guy
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Jun 19, 2016
Al Bundy from Married...With Children. As funny as he is, he's not the most reliable dad in the world. Heck, he forgets his kids' names sometimes!
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Jun 19, 2016
Totally agree about Aaron Echolls!

But as far as John Winchester goes, you could make the argument that had John not raised Sam and Dean the way he did, they'd be dead (REALLY dead) 100 times over by now. If a parent's job is to keep their kids alive, I'd say he gets an A+.
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Jun 19, 2016
I know this isn't the place to come but i am saddened to hear of the news that Anton Yelchin has died at age 27 in what has been described as a 'freak accident' - i am shocked - 2016 has not been a good year for celebs
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Jun 19, 2016
This is a pretty great list!
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Jun 19, 2016
Lucious Lyon on Empire should be on the worst Dad list.
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Jun 19, 2016
In defense of Tony Soprano the fact he didn't murder his son should balance out all the horrible things he did.That is how deserving AJ was of being found in a Cadillac trunk chopped into 8 or 10 pieces.The all-time most hatable character and actor Robert Iler.
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