We often don’t take the time on 8BitDad to talk about celebrity deaths, but we wanted to take a minute to think about Andy Griffith’s passing, and how it is especially relevant to us because of his most famous role: Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show.
Griffith’s character of Andy Taylor was a widower, raising a son (Opie, played by Ron Howard) on his own. In a time when television was obsessed with westerns and variety shows, The Andy Griffith Show stood as a family program that offered down-home country values…and genuine, honest fatherhood.
So you’re going to be a father. Congrats! You’re about to enter the most awesome and most terrifying stage of your life! Starting today, your life is going to get complicated; there’s so much to think about, so many things to buy, and so many things you’re going to need to baby-proof.
But enough of that baby talk. You need some gear – that is, non-baby gear – to make fatherhood easier. And while we can tell you about the coolest crib sheets, best baby monitors, or the bottles that won’t give your kid gas, we’d rather have a man-to-man about all the things you haven’t yet considered
Want to know about all the gear us 8BitDads use to transform themselves into superheroes? Then read on.
This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about television:
What’s one of the TV shows you loved as a kid?
We like to ask really socially-aware questions that …
Jacqueline Wheeler of Radio Times reported from across the pond today about two television programs in England about fathers, and it left her wondering if they were fair portrayals of fatherhood.
If you were a fan of HBO’s “The Wire,” then you remember Tray Chaney, who played Poot Carr. Chaney’s on the screen again but for a better cause – fatherhood.
Lamar Tyler of the Huffington Post did a write-up of Chaney’s video (sauced at the end of this article) – which was appropriate, since Tyler directed it. The video stars Chaney with his own father and son – and has a really positive message about fatherhood in the black community. Chaney’s message: he’d rather die than be an absent father.
Check the video after the hop.
If you’re the drinkin’ type, check out Man Cave Daily’s list of “5 TV Dads It Would Be Fun to Get Drunk With.”
Modern Family‘s Jay Pritchett is on …
Kelly West, Managing Editor of Cinema Blend, wants to know if television has over-done the “who’s the father” plot lines. West is watching two current series on television with …