Can You Match the TV Dad to His Car?

By: Kennita Leon

The patriarchal character on the hit American animated sitcom "The Simpsons," Homer, is a donut-loving simpleton who works as a low-level inspector for the Nuclear Power Plant in Springfield. "The Homer" was made by Powell Motors and designed by Homer; it included a bubble dome, three horns, gigantic cup holder and an engine that sounds like the world is coming to an end.

The vehicle chosen by family man Peter Griffin is the 1975 Ford LTD Station Wagon. The father of three is usually the one who drives the red wagon. In the FOX animated series "Family Guy," the wagon seemed like an indestructible machine, since it has been involved in a number of accidents.

Gomez Addams, the father of the Addam's family, is an eccentric millionaire. Raul Julia plays Gomez in both the TV series and the movie adaptation of "The Addams Family." Gomez drove a family limo, the 1933 Packard V12; the spooky, luxury car was first made by Detroit Packard Car Company in 1899.

TV dad Mike Brady of "The Brady Bunch" was an architect by profession. He married Carol Martin at the age of 36 and became a stepdad to her daughters Marcia, Jan and Cindy. Mike drove a light blue convertible Barracuda for the 1971 and 1972 seasons. The vehicle was modified with front grille and rear circular tail lights.

The cantankerous, sarcastic junk dealer Fred Sandford, played by comedian Redd Foxx, was the father in the NBC sitcom "Sandford" and owned a junk and antique company alongside his son Lamont. Fred drove a weathered red 1951 Ford F1 4x2. On the side of the vehicle had the branding "Sandford and Son Salvage 2nd Hand Antiques. We Buy and Sell Junk."

The CW series "Supernatural" introduced the world to John Winchester, the father of Sam and Dean. John was a man on a mission to seek revenge for the death of his wife by the demon Azazel. The black 1967 Chevrolet Impala driven by John was handed down to him by his son Dean after he passed. The brothers use the car throughout the series to hunt the supernatural.

The host of "Nigel Thornberry's Wild World," Nigel Thornberry is the father to Eliza on "The Wild Thornberrys." This fictional character was knighted by the Queen of England. The "Com Vee" is short for communication vehicle and is the largest of the Thornberry's equipment. The vehicle is a base camp for the family, means of transportation and houses their kitchen, dining, sleeping and bathroom area.

"That '70's Show" offered viewers a look into fictional character Red Foreman, played by Kurtwood Smith. The always disgruntled father of Eric Forman, somehow always manages to do what is right. Red passed down his car the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser to his son Eric in 1976. It provides the teenage cast with their main means of transportation throughout the show.

One of television's most popular characters, the ruthless, cutthroat oil tycoon was the breakout character in the American series "Dallas." The vehicle of choice for Ewing was the 1987 Cadillac Allante; the silver convertible wore the license plate "Ewing 3."

AMC's series "Mad Men" gave rise to fictional character Don Draper, played by John Hamm. The Manhattan Creative director married to Elizabeth Draper finds himself engaged in numerous affairs. Season five saw the introduction of the red 1961 Jaguar XK-E driven by Draper in a test drive to a bar with Joan.

The fictional animated character on the series "The Flintstones," Barney Rubble was best friends to main character Fred Flintstone and father to adopted son Bamm-Bamm. The log car frame was made out of a hollowed out log sharpened on both ends and included four rock wheels and a steering wheel.

In the town of Arlen, Texas lives fictional character Hank Hill of the FOX animated television series "King of the Hill." The beer-loving character is the father of Bobby Hill and drives a Ford Ranger. The 1993 Ford Ranger is a pickup truck that Hank owned for 20 years and has an emotional connection to.

"Breaking Bad's" main protagonist Walter White, also known as Heisenberg, is a high school chemistry teacher who through a series of circumstances causes him to become the best crystal meth maker in the drug business. The 2004 Pontiac Aztek is a decent minivan made for a family man, in "Breaking Bad" the Aztek has its windshield broken numerous times.

The fictional mobster Tony Soprano played by actor James Gandolfini in the HBO series "The Sopranos" was the father of Meadow Soprano and Anthony Soprano and married to Carmela DeAngelis Soprano. The notorious mobster drove a white Cadillac Escalade, which was his primary means of transportation. The vehicle was also a part of the infamous chase scene when Tony drives Phil Leotardo off the road.

"The Tool Man" Tim Taylor from the series "Home Improvement" was the husband of Jill Taylor and father of Brad, Randy and Mark. The suburbs of Detroit was home to Taylor, where his interest involved all things cars. The blue 1933 Ford Roadster owned by Taylor was built from the frame up as the show progressed.

Designed by Tom Daniel, the DRAG-U-LA was driven by Grandpa Munster on the TV show "The Munsters." Grandpa was an undead vampire who had a sarcastic personality and dotted on his daughter Lily Munster. The DRAG-U-LA was made from a real fiberglass coffin. This vehicle featured a 350 horsepower four-speed stick shift and two four-barrel carburetors.

Known as the deadliest spy, the protagonist of the animated show "Archie" is Sterling Archer, who is the father of Abbie Jean Kane Archer. This TV dad is the proud owner of a 1968 Mustang Fastback; the car was first made famous by Steve McQueen in Bullitt.

This grave-digging fictional character of the CBS sitcom called "The Munsters" is the patriarch of the household. Married to Lily Dracula, Herman is the father to Eddie Munster. The Munster Koach was made from three Ford Model T parts, and the 133-inch frame was handmade.

"Leave It To Beaver" gave viewers the suburban father of the 1950s, Ward Cleaver, who had two sons: Wally and Theodore. Cleaver's role included being the moral speech giver after his sons get involved in all sorts of misadventures. The four-door 1963 Plymouth Fury was the vehicle of choice for this law-abiding citizen.

"Arrested Development" fictional character Michael Bluth major role involves helping his family traverse their many problems. Portrayed by the actor Jason Bateman, Michael is the Father to George Michael. The stair car accompanied the family's private jet, but after the jet was sold to help with the family finances, the Stair car became a primary mode of transportation for the Bluths.

Phineas and Ferb's pet platypus evil nemesis is Heinz Doofenshmirtz, who is the father of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz. The evil 47-year-old scientist is the owner of the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated blimp, which he utilizes several times a day to house his inventions.

Married to Lady Mary Crawley, this TV dad from "Downton Abbey" was the father of George Crawley. Upon Matthew's death, his son inherited his title, estate and fortune. The 1927 AC Six was driven by Matthew and eventually crashed in the season three finale. The car remains one of Britain's most beloved sporting car.

Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon "The Jetsons" was a futuristic series which included the father of the Jetsons, George Jetson. Married to Jane and the father of two children, Elroy and Judy, this future dad was a hard-working digital index operator at Spacely's Space Sprockets. The 2062 Flying Car driven by George would fold up and turn into a portable briefcase.

Portrayed by Robert Reed, Mike Brady was the father of Greg, Peter, Bobby and stepdaughters Marcia, Jan and Cindy. The city councilman who drove a new car every season of the show.

The ABC sitcom "Happy Days" introduced the main character Howard Cunningham, played by actor Tom Bosley. Howard was the father of Richie, Joanie and Chuck. The former army cook got many jokes about being overweight. Howard drove a dark blue 1948 Desoto Deluxe Suburban that included a roof rack.

A supporting character on "The Simpsons," Ned Flanders is the extremely religious and spirited neighbor of the Simpsons. Ned is frequently seen doing good deeds in Springfield; the character drives a red three-door hatchback Geo Metro, which is one of the two cars he owns.

"Miami Vice" brought light to the character Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, a detective Sargent of the Metro Dade Police Department. The perpetual ladies man has one son named Ricardo with his enemy Calderone‘s daughter, named Angelina. The exotic 1983 Aston Martin V8 Volante was used by Rico on one of his undercover missions.

The owner of Its A Wash car wash and romantic interest of Rose Quartz, Greg Universe is the father of Steven Universe. The middle-aged father is very kind-hearted and loves living a simple life. Greg drives the Universe Van, which was his vehicle during his days as a one-person touring band when he met Rose Quartz, who was the only one who showed up to his show. The van has a custom paint job and outer space mural.

The main protagonist of "Bob's Burgers," the FOX animated series, sees this third-generation restaurant owner operating his burger joint with the help of Linda, his wife and their children: Tina, Gene and Louise. The Plymouth Volare is an old station wagon that the family struggles with.

The incompetent and negligent husband of Marge Simpson and father of Bart, Lisa and Maggie can usually be seen slouching on the couch snacking on chips and drinking Duff. The sports utility vehicle called the Canyonero owned by Homer first appeared in the episode called "The Last Temptation of the Krust."

"The Rockford Files" brought to life the character Joseph Rockford who was the father of James Scott Rockford. The semi-retired truck driver who always found a way to nag his son about his dangerous job drove a 1973 GMC K1500 Sierra Grande Wideside that usually got overshadowed by his son's Pontiac Firebird.

The magical world of "Bewitched" introduced Darrian Stephens to TV viewers. The advertising executive for McMann & Tate drove a blue and silver 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sports Convertible. The Chevelle Malibu two door model only lasted two years before the muscle car grew in popularity.

The lead character in "The Sopranos," Tony Soprano's main mode of transportation was the Chevrolet Suburban. The 6 ft tall character was also a hefty 220 pounds and the Suburban fitted his weight and height perfectly. Inclusive of spacious headroom and comfortable seats, this vehicle lasted for four seasons of the show.

Known as Lord Grantham, Robert was the patriarch of the Crawley family in the TV series "Downton Abbey." He is the father of Mary, Edith and Sybil Crawley. The 1911 Renault was used mainly in the first two seasons of "Downton Abbey" and primarily driven by chauffeurs as Robert never got his drivers license.

"Magnum P.I." was a popular TV series based in Hawaii. The actor Tom Selleck portrayed the character Thomas Magnum, a private investigator who is the father of a daughter named Lily Catherine Hue. The ex-Vietnam vet drove a red Ferrari 308 GTS, which was a convertible supercar that included two seats, a leather interior and a 3.0-liter engine.

The father of Tommy and Dil on the Nickelodeon cartoon "Rugrats" is an eccentric toy inventor who constantly argues with his older brother Drew. The blue Citroen DS driven by Stu seems the perfect fit for the quirky inventor; the vehicle has an automatic transmission and air conditioning.

The professor who created the Powerpuff girls works out of his home laboratory in the suburbs of Townsville. The stereotypical scientist upgraded his car and named it K.A.R.R. In the episode "Coupe d'Etat," K.A.R.R. wants to destroy the professor who has to be saved by the girls.

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About This Quiz

Fathers on television have the freedom to go a little further than the everyday dad. They can screw up, call their kids names and neglect them and the shows are still awesome. Some shows also feature the great kind of dads — the ones who are always there for their kids, attend every sports match and are always there to provide amazing advice. But we aren't really going to focus on their personalities today. No! We want to see if you can match some of the funniest and dumbest supportive fathers to the vehicles they drove on their shows. 

Technically, not all these vehicles are cars, because some fathers had spaceships, clouds and other weird objects that they rode around in. The point we're trying to make is that because those objects were used for transportation, we're able to call them cars just for this quiz's purpose. But do you know who rode said cloud and who dropped their wife off to shop in a spaceship of sorts?

If you're up to the challenge of matching these TV fathers (both live-action and animated) to the vehicles they drove, go ahead and get started on this quiz. 

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