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Father's Day advice from TV dads, from Cliff Huxtable to Mike Brady

Dads are endless fountains of advice, although sometimes it comes more in the form of commands. He may say, "Close that door, are you trying to heat the whole outside?" but you can choose to view that as guidance on reducing one's utility bills. "Don't make me pull this car over" is a driving tip. "Stop crossing your eyes or they'll freeze that way" is Human Anatomy 101.

TV dads were no exception. They spouted advice like it was going out of style faster than Bill Cosby's abstract-art sweaters. But since their advice was scripted by high-paid screenwriters aimed at getting big ratings, it was much more entertaining than most advice from our dads, who were usually just trying to get us to stop spreading peanut butter on the cat.

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To help celebrate Father's Day, here's some of the best advice from our favorite TV dads, including Cliff Huxtable on trying, Mike Brady on buying a used car, Red Forman on jobs, and Homer Simpson on the three sentences you need to know in life. 

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    Famous TV fathers

    Cliff Huxtable, Red Forman, Mike Brady and others set their kids straight. Their kids didn't dare laugh, but we can.

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    ON USED CARS: "Them who don't look, sometimes get took."

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    ON MARRIAGE: "The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to step back and see where the wife is wrong.”

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    ON CATS: "Cats are very smart, though, Beaver. It's just that when you call someone Bootsy-Wootsy, he's inclined to be a little difficult."

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    ON EATING HABITS: "Eating cardboard can ruin your life. You could end up in the street, living in a box. Then you'll eat the box, and you'll be homeless."

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    ON JOBS: "Why don't you just go down to the Bureau of High-Paying Jobs? It's right next to the Pie in the Sky office."

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    ON TRYING: "You're afraid to try because you're afraid your brain is going to explode and it's going to ooze out of your ears. Now I'm telling you, you are going to try as hard as you can. And you're going to do it because I said so. I am your father. I brought you into this world, and I'll take you out!"

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    ON LIFE: "I want to share something with you -- the three sentences that will get you through life. Number one, 'Cover for me.' Number two, 'Oh, good idea, boss.' Number three, 'It was like that when I got here.'"

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    ON EDUCATION: "Tutors are expensive; y'all just gonna have to work harder. We can barely afford kids; we can't afford stupid kids."

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    Al Bundy, 'Married With Children' -

    ON PERSPECTIVE: "Remember when I said that when we didn't have much that we could always look at the poor people less fortunate then us and feel better? Well ... let's find a mirror. "

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