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10 Worst TV Parents


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Archie Bunker
Archie Bunker (right) pontificates on the latest political disaster to his daughter Gloria and her husband "Meathead."
Archie Bunker (right) pontificates on the latest political disaster to his daughter Gloria and her husband "Meathead."
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Archie Bunker, the patriarch of the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," was a bristly, bigoted loudmouth. If that weren't enough, he referred to his daughter's boyfriend (who later married into the family for reasons we'll never understand) only as "Meathead."Although Archie clearly loved his daughter, viewers were required to look beneath the surface (way beneath) to find any remotely lovable qualities. When Archie wasn't grousing at his long-suffering, simple-minded wife, he was complaining about the state of, well, absolutely everything. We admit there were a few tender moments, but these were few and far-between -- and didn't occur often enough to redeem his placement on our list.