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June 07, 2011

TiVo's Father's Day Survey Picks Out American Television's The Most Adorable TV Dads

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

In an effort to celebrate Father’s Day in its own unique way, TiVo (News - Alert) Premiere, the pioneer in DVR technology launched a fun initiative to hunt down the smartest TV dad. More than one thousand spirited television lovers took part in the poll and the result of the survey revealed that today’s American TV audience thinks Cam Tucker of “Modern Family” and Jim Halpert of “The Office” to be the most lovable TV-dads of the time, while dads like Al Bundy were simply thrown into the ‘play-it-dumb” category and finished low in the popularity chart of brilliant TV dads.

In a press release, TiVo, which gives users all the entertainment one could want from TV and the web – and in one place, with one remote and one stunning interface, announced that this huge popularity of Jim Halpert of “The Office” and Cam Tucker of “Modern Family” can be attributed to their clever wit and dedication to their family. However, it is the ever-reliable Cliff Huxtable of “The Cosby Show” who stole the show by ending on the top not only as the most brilliant Classic TV dad, but also the all-time viewers’ choice of TV dad for a day. Many respondents found striking similarity between “Home Improvement’s” Tim Taylor and Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” are most like their own real-life dads. 

According to the survey, Peter Griffin from “Family Guy” and Homer Simpson from “The Simpsons” were labeled as the Goofiest dads along with the bumbling Ray Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

But Jon Gosselin from “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” has come out as the worst TV dad and respondents said that this is the character that will make them change the TV channel. He will find a likely companion in Scott Disick from “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, the survey revealed.

“From Jay Pritchett to Al Bundy people love to watch and connect with funny, crazy, and amazing TV dads. We’ve found that while many TV dads are entertaining, our TiVo Father’s Day survey showed that brilliant role models, like Dr. Cliff Huxtable and Cam Tucker, resonate most with viewers,” TiVo Vice President of Marketing Tony Lee commented in a statement.

In conjunction with the TiVo Brilliant (News - Alert) TV dad’s survey, TiVo also launched its Dad’s Tricked-Out Man Cave Sweepstakes to award one lucky father the man cave , intended to give dad a place to escape and watch the game in peace. The prize includes the world’s first Smart DVR – TiVo Premiere, a TiVo Wireless G Network Adapter, one year of FREE TiVo service, and a brand new 46” Samsung (News - Alert) LCD HDTV. Sweepstakes are open only to current legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and D.C. and the fans of the TiVo page on Facebook. The sweepstakes will end on June 19th, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET, informed TiVo.

TiVo Inc. recently announced that its customer support Web channels have been named one of the “Best Web Support Sites of 2011” by The Association of Support Professionals (ASP), an international membership organization for customer support managers and professionals. Inclusion on the ASP’s fourteenth annual list is a prestigious designation given to those organizations that showcase excellence in online service and support.

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Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell