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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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Mike Brady of 'The Brady Bunch'

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

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Archie Bunker, 'All in the Family'

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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Ward Cleaver, 'Leave It to Beaver'

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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Dan Conner, 'Roseanne'

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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Red Forman, 'That '70s Show'

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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Cliff Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show'

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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Homer Simpson, 'The Simpsons'

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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Julius Rock, 'Everybody Hates Chris'

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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