In Chapter 13 of his book The Future of Men, MediaVillage.com founder Jack Myers discusses many of the father figures in popular American television series over the last seven decades. He pays special attention to the beloved sitcom dads of the '50s, epitomized by the likes of Ward Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, Ozzie Nelson on Ozzie and Harriet and Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best, noting that these idealized men were seemingly perfect pops in their day. Every morning after breakfast with their wives and children they dashed off to business (looking very professional in their crisp suits) and returned home every evening (still looking crisp) to solve whatever problems had arisen for their loved ones during the day, often over dinner with the fam or immediately afterwards.
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