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10 Mortifying Pop Culture Dads

Catch the Austin Powers movies this month on IFC.

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This Father’s Day, IFC’s Stephen King Father of Horror marathon will prove he’s the master of scary dads, but we all know real fathers can be far more mortifying. One “Dad joke” can be more socially devastating than every sewer-dwelling clown or hatchet wielding Jack Nicholson. These mortifying dads prove that there’s nothing scarier than family.

10. Jack Byrnes, Meet the Parents

Meet the Fockers

Greg Focker’s father is careless enough to cause friction in any family, but father-in-law-to-be Jack (Robert DeNiro) makes family dinners more excruciating than being dragged over sandpaper. Especially when he starts talking about his nipples.

9. George Banks, Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride
Touchstone Pictures

Steve Martin’s George Banks can transfer embarrassment like fine wine — he’s a cringe-connoisseur serving up only the most masterful mortification to everyone around him. Father of the Bride gives him the most perfect position, motivation, and excuse to do exactly that.

8. Red Foreman, That ’70s Show

Red That 70s Show
Carsey-Werner Productions

Red Foreman is the most precious of parents: one who continually humiliates his son while remaining utterly, indignantly, ass-dumbingly above any feeling of shame for himself. Because he’s always right. He’s everyone’s favorite television dad, as long as he’s not their dad.

7. Peter Griffin, Family Guy

Peter Griffin

Other sitcom dads might humiliate their family, but they usually mean well. Peter Griffin will outright target his loved ones for the least perceived transgressions. Peter is the suburban dad id incarnate, acting on every perceived slight with hilarious consequences.

6. Noah Levenstein, American Pie

American Pie

Jim Levenstein already has enough embarrassing problems to collapse into a shame-induced singularity. With Noah for a dad, it’s a surprise he doesn’t spontaneously combust. Noah’s attempt to talk to Jim about sex, after finding his son hip deep in a homemade apple pie, are the stuff of life-long trauma.

5. Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

Phil Modern Family

With his corny jokes and knack for saying the wrong thing in most situations, Phil is the epitome of the awkward dad. But he loves his kids, even when he’s making them watch his latest magic trick.

4. George McFly, Back to the Future

George Back to the Future

George McFly humiliated his kid before he even had one, embarrassing Marty by proxy with every single step of the courtship that created him.

3. Larry, Maron

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If anything awkward or embarrassing can happen to a regular guy, then it’s happened to Marc Maron. When his father arrives with an RV full of “Maron’s Mix,” a miracle vitamin he’s huckstering to anyone in range, it’s just one more way Marc’s pop is ruining the Maron name.

2. Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

Dr Evil
New Line Cinema

A merely embarrassing father shows you up in front of friends or family. Dr. Evil did that and added the entire world, continually cutting down his son, Scott, on the sort of scale only a megavillain can manage. (Click here to find out when the Austin Powers movies air this month on IFC.)

1. Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson

Whether he’s passing out drunk on the lawn or running naked through Springfield, Homer Simpson is the most humiliating (and longest running) parent in TV history. It’s amazing after all this time the guy still has a family to go home to.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.