29: Bob Ross

This week merritt takes a look at real-life TV dad Bob Ross and his encouraging approach to creativity and accomplishment.

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28: Stan Sitwell

Charlotte Shane joins merritt to gush about the one truly supportive father figure on Arrested Development.

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27: Giovanni

Brittany Jane and merritt blast off at the speed of light to discuss Pokémon's Giovanni, absent fathers, and the ongoing mystery of Ash's dad.

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26: Angel

 Chelsea G. Summers and merritt talk Angel as literal, figurative, and supernatural father.

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25: Dracula Untold

Mallory Ortberg guests to discuss the 2014 film Dracula Untold's dadly depiction of this classic horror figure.

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24: King Triton

It's better down where it's wetter—unless you have a terrible dad like King Triton from The Little Mermaid.

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23: George Christopher

merritt gets to grips with George Christopher, the demented god dadfriend of Jonathan Ames' TV series Bored to Death.

 

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22: Joe Biden

Joe Macaré guests to discuss the vice presidential fictional father figure.

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21: Dads of Gaming

Simone de Rochefort joins merritt for a tasting menu of the finest dads modern videogames can provide.

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20: Professor Utonium

It's time to talk about Professor Utonium, bumbling but ultimately beneficent dad of the Powerpuff Girls.

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19: Joseph Joestar

This week we're exploring the intergenerational dad epic of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, with a focus on Joseph Joestar.

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18: Nathan Wallace

Suffer with us through REPO! The Genetic Opera, a film in which Anthony Stewart Head plays a scary murder dad named Nathan Wallace

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17: Jake the Dog

Guest Alex Roberts joins merritt to consider the very good dad Jake the Dog alongside the myriad bad dads of Adventure Time.

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16b: Hank Hill [EXCERPT]

A discussion of King of the Hill's titular character Hank leads guest Colin Spacetwinks and merritt into a consideration of structure versus agency, intergenerational trauma, and stoic masculinity.

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16: Frasier Crane

Whitney Reynolds guests to chat about Frasier Crane, the 8-ball with a Harvard degree and a genuine Bad Dad.

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15: Jack Donaghy

merritt and guest Eve Peyser conduct a comparative dadnalysis of 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy and his contemporaries.

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14: Alan Grant

This week we’re digging deep and dodging dinos to talk about Alan Grant, reluctant father figure of Jurassic Park.

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