We've already taken a look at how certain TV characters have managed to somehow pull an absolute diamond, when in the real world we highly doubt it would be possible. Or at least, we'd hope not for our ego's sake.
But there's a particular type of male TV character who punches above his weight more than any other: the sitcom dad.
It's an industry cliché: if you're making a comedy revolving around a married couple, then most of the time they must be played by some kind of sad-sack loser or blowhard, who nevertheless happened to pull a perfect, supportive, beautiful partner.
Either these guys have let themselves go since they married, or their wives had no standards whatsoever.
1. Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
We're pretty certain Peter was never a hot guy back in the day. And he's not exactly a pleasant bloke now. He's pretty much the most useless husband out there. Even worse than Homer.
Yes, we know she's a cartoon. But still. Look at Lois. Brian knows what we're talking about. Really? Peter?
They met when he worked as a towel boy for her rich family. And he wasn't exactly a catch back then. We reckon the only reason they got it on was so that she could annoy her dad.
2. Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
In his own way, Phil's a decent looking chap. And for his age, he's got a body most of us would be jealous of.
That being said, he's still bumbling and childish Phil. It's quite impressive that he managed to even ask out popular high school girl Claire, let alone end up marrying her.
Phil's most definitely punching in the looks department, but he's at least more than made up for it by being a great father and loving husband, unlike most of the others on this list.
3. Uncle Phil (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Don't get us wrong, Uncle Phil is without doubt one of the greatest TV dads ever, and deserved to marry a beautiful and strong woman like Aunt Viv.
But still, Will and Carlton would surely admit that Phil won the lottery when it came to not one, but two powerful ladies (we're counting both incarnations of Viv, here).
The karma was probably having to put up with Will as payment to the punching gods.
4. Doug Heffernan (King of Queens)
This one's just ridiculous. Sure, Carrie is often physically abusive to average-joe Doug, but maybe it's to get through the day knowing she's married to Kevin James.
He's a parcel delivery man and is best known for his love of food. She's a hard-working legal secretary. What is his secret?
And it continues. Actress Leah Remini will now reunite with James in his new sitcom Kevin Can Wait. The chemistry was so powerful that they actually killed off his first wife so that they can get it on again. He really is the King.
5. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Clearly, everybody really did love Raymond. Despite being a proper misery thanks to the constant presence of his meddling parents and even bigger sad-sack brother, he still managed to pull Debra, and even she can't seem to believe it most of the time.
Debra is constantly underappreciated and stressed out, and Ray is always emotionally unable to help out with any kind of tricky situation, and usually just makes it worse.
Surely at the very beginning of their relationship she saw something in him that convinced her to stay for the long haul, but we're struggling.
6. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
Pretty much the same situation as Peter Griffin, but Homer at least has his moments of pure love for Marge: "All I can offer is my complete and utter dependence".
But most of the time, Homer is an utterly useless husband, potentially the stupidest man on the planet, and frequently ruins their lives through some kind of scheme.
Plus, you know, Marge is hot. Just ask Moe.
7. Jay Pritchett (Modern Family)
Alright, we get why Gloria may have fallen for Jay. She had just moved to the States, and Jay is a very wealthy man who showered her with love and security. And they clearly love each other.
But even so, while Jay may be rich, powerful and a loving father, that's quite the age gap. Sofia Vergara is regularly mentioned in "100 sexiest women in the world" lists; Ed O'Neill never made it on to an equivalent countdown and never will.
We're saying we're pretty sure Gloria could marry a millionaire under the age of 40 if she wanted.
At least that way she wouldn't have to see Barkley every day.
8. Jim (According to Jim)
The ultimate example of sitcom dad punching above his weight. Jim is a borderline misogynist who frequently lies to his wife Cheryl and is one of the laziest men on TV when he wants to be.
Yet, somehow, he managed to secure a lifetime with the beautiful and strong Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Who, for some reason or another, decides to stay with him for eight seasons and beyond despite him treating her like crap on a daily basis.
But hey, it's Jim Belushi, so how long can you stay mad at him?
9. Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
He's a charismatic guy, we get that. And smart, and funny. Yet also insufferable and impossible to live with thanks to his bottomless well of anger and inability to let the tiniest thing go.
Technically Curb isn't a sitcom, and you don't see his kids much (because they were mentioned in the pilot then quietly dropped for ever more) so he's not really a sitcom dad but we're totally including Larry. His fictional wife Cheryl Hines could do so much better.
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