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TWoP 10: The Worst Fathers on TV This Season

by Angel Cohn June 17, 2011 6:04 am
TWoP 10: The Worst Fathers on TV This Season

Since we called out some of the TV mothers who make their children's lives a living hell, it seemed only fair to do the same for the male characters who are just reprehensible when it comes to raising kids. Since there were so many bad dads to choose from (Don Draper, we're looking at you) we had to narrow it down to those who were recently (or soon to be, Walter White) on air. And John Gilbert, consider yourself lucky that you sacrificed yourself or you'd be at the top of our list.

10. Derek Shepherd (Grey's Anatomy)
He's barely been a father yet, but he's already screwed up. He told his wife that she'd make a terrible mother and refused to answer her calls when she was trying to inform him about the arrival of their adopted child. And although he was psyched about adopting and pressured his wife into getting married and bringing this baby home, he did nothing in the way of preparation. Not even a car seat, or an outfit. Instead, he's sulking and sleeping outside of the house that he's taking years to finish building.

9. Rufus Humphrey (Gossip Girl)
If you asked him to name all of his children and stepchildren, he probably couldn't do it. God forbid you actually ask him where any of them actually are at any given moment. He's self-involved and oblivious, while his kids have dabbled in drug dealing and have been blackmailed by crazy women with babies. There's no doubt that he'd let them just take off across the world without any parental supervision.

8. Byron Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars)
He had an affair and decided to keep it a secret by moving his family to Iceland for a year. Then he came home, essentially forgot that his son existed because he was busy trying to date his wife again and remained completely clueless to the fact that his daughter is not only sexing up a teacher but also being stalked by a crazed psycho.

7. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
Admittedly his child was never really an infant. She was brought forth from a piece of DNA as a fully formed adult. And he thinks she's dead. But still, he's the Doctor -- he should be able to sense that his daughter is out there somewhere, or at least think about Jenny every now and then.

6. Mr. & Mr. Berry (Glee)
These two men (whom we've never seen) have raised one of the most grating and annoying children on the planet. And they just let her run around totally unaware of her obnoxiousness. Do they say nothing about the Slushie stains on her wardrobe? Do they give her no advice on dating? Have they ever met her favorite teacher or attended any of her public performances?

5. Eddie Lawson (Royal Pains)
Oh, Fonzie, why do you treat your boys like this? He cleared out the bank accounts and abandoned them when they were young -- while their mother was dying. Then he came back and stole all of their money. Again. Now just as he's trying to schmooze his way back into their lives even though he's heading off to prison.

4. Walt White (Breaking Bad)
He's a drug dealer and a murderer. He puts himself and his estranged family in danger all the time, though ostensibly he only started cooking crystal meth in the first place for their benefit. Something went wonky in his plan and now Walt is one dark and twisted daddy.

3. Walter/Walternate Bishop (Fringe)
When Walter's young son died, he kidnapped the kid's double from the alternate universe, demanded he forget about his entire life on the Other Side and continued raising him as if nothing ever happened. As for Walternate, he shot his son's wife in the face out of spite, among many other unsavory deeds. And what's worse, both of these dads are technically the father of the same guy. That poor, traumatized, disappearing from the space-time continuum bastard.

2. Stan Larsen (The Killing)
We understand that Stan is traumatized by the loss of his senselessly murdered daughter, but isn't it possible to grieve without completely neglecting your other two children, screwing your family's financial situation and risking a life prison sentence by beating an innocent man nearly to death? If so, can someone go back in time and let Stan know?

1. Ned Stark (Game of Thrones)
We almost put Jamie Lannister on here, since he's got all those illegitimate children he doesn't acknowledge... but one of those kids is king now, so we can't say they're really suffering because of their gross absentee father. Instead, we've nominated Eddard "Ned" Stark, who left his comatose son behind while he went down south to his fancy new job, pimped out his daughter to a sociopath, exiled his bastard son to a life of celibacy and bone-chilling cold, killed one of his children's cute pets and, worst of all, was so slow and ineffectual in recognizing and reacting to the machinations of his enemies that he ended up getting himself killed, leaving his family vulnerable to imminent death and dismemberment. Happy Father's Day, Starks!

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