Now that we've had five whole seasons to process the Malcolm in the Middle dad dealing meth, we've come to accept that TV fathers end up in some strange places. But there's strange, and then there's movies about vampire erectile dysfunction. In honor of Father's Day, we dug up some of the craziest parts sitcom dads from Howard Cunningham to Tim "The Toolman" Taylor ever played. Get ready to seriously reevaluate some episodes of Family Matters in three, two, one..
Dad On: Step by Step
Crazy Role: Man from Atlantis
In case you missed the glorious 1977-1978 run of Man from Atlantis, let's clarify: They weren't being figurative with that title. Patrick Duffy is literally supposed to be the last survivor of the city of Atlantis, making him a weird, amnesic sorta-merman. (Philip Seymour Hoffman is still pissed he lost this "role of a lifetime".) The show was canned in a flash, and Duffman later became the father of 180 children on Step by Step. But he remains reluctant to give up his aquatic past to this day
Dad On: Growing Pains
Crazy Role: Tough Guys Don't Whine
As much as we appreciated Alan Thicke's dignified shrink dad on Growing Pains, if he'd shown even a little of his Tough Guys Don't Whine side on the show, Kirk Cameron might not have gotten hooked so hard on the Jesus freak juice
Dad On: Happy Days
Crazy Role: Death Cruise
Right before he settled into his 10-year run as Howard Cunningham on Happy Days, Tom Bosley made the only logical career move and shot a TV movie about a bunch of couples who win a free cruise... only they don't know it's a murder cruise. Sadly, Bosley's success as Mr. Cunningham would prevent him from starring in the planned sequel, Death Hot Air Balloon
Dad On: Home Improvement
Crazy Role: Who Is Cletis Tout?
Take note, folks. Tim Allen may be best remembered as the dad you never trusted with a power saw, and he may have starred in three(!) Santa Clause movies, but he is not your bitch
Dad On: Diff'rent Strokes
Crazy Role: Child Bride of Short Creek
After bringing two street-smart kids into his home on Diff'rent Strokes, Conrad Bain decided to up his game by bringing a not-even-remotely-street-smart kid into his creepy Mormon home in Child Bride of Short Creek. From the looks of it, it was a lot less funny and li'l Diane Lane wasn't even trying to outdo Gary Coleman's catchphrases
Dad On: Boy Meets World
Crazy Role: American History X
Why wasn't Alan Matthews invited to that hyped-up Boy Meets World spin-off starring Cory and Topanga's kid? Probably because Mr. Feeny let it slip to ABC that the dude was a big old racist in American History X. Nothing gets by that Feeny
Dad On: Full House
Crazy Role: The Aristocrats
By now, most of the world is aware that Mary-Kate and Ashley's fake dad likes dirty jokes. Incredibly dirty jokes. But there was a time when signing yourself up for a Bob Saget stand-up show meant shock, disbelief, and possibly some morning sickness. No wonder Kimmy Gibbler was so messed up.
Dad On: Family Matters
Crazy Role: Limp Fangs
Full disclosure: We are not 100% sure this is a real movie. It does have an IMDb page and a trailer, but it's also the too-good-to-be-true story of a vampire who can't get his fangs up, featuring Carl Winslow as "Reverend Shields, preaching to a gathering of The National Black Vampires Alliance". So if you do own a coveted copy of Limp Fangs, please -- please -- don't keep it to yourself.