8 TV dads with bad credit

Homer Simpson might be a great guy to hang out with at Moe's, but you don't want to take financial advice from him. Are your favorite TV fathers good with money?

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Aug 9, 2013 1:34AM

Regarding the Brady Bunch:  Check your facts.  Anything that happened in the movie doesn't count because this is a list of dads on TV, not dads in movies, particularly when those movies are spoofs.  The show ends when Greg is graduating from high school, so college expenses aren't a factor in Mike's credit rating.  The family actually lives fairly modestly. The house (which Mike designed himself) only has 4 bedrooms for all those people.  I'm sure Alice works for peanuts because she loves being part of the family, she's given room and board, and she doesn't drive so she doesn't have the expense of keeping a car. 


The Grand Canyon trip wasn't such a big deal.  They drove there in their station wagon and camped when they got there.  The trip to Hawaii was paid for by Mike's firm, so that cost the family nothing.  The same goes for the trip to the amusement park.  That's only three vacations in all those years, and the family only paid for the most modest one.  Also, remember that Mike and Carol are both widowed.  I would guess that they each collected some life insurance when their spouses died, and when the households merged, they would have sold Carol's house.  She may have inherited other assets from her first husband as well. 


Lots of people have large families and manage to live within their means.  I think the Bradys are among them. 

Aug 9, 2013 7:43AM
What a stupid article. You folks need a real life.
Aug 9, 2013 8:01AM
Silliness...that's about all I can say about this article.
Did someone actually get paid to compile this tripe? 
Aug 9, 2013 8:18AM
evidently you all make plenty of money writing stupid articles that have no use. telling someone about a make believe characters finances does not help anyone other than yourselves because researchers got paid , writers got paid, and maybe even the owners got over but what was this nonsense suppose to do for real people. you know real people who get up and go to work everyday, managing daily struggles and dealing with idiot articles like this written by people who get paid the big bucks to spend their time torturing those of us who are trying to get above water with todays economy.
Aug 9, 2013 12:29PM
Hmm.  what a new low MSN has sunk to...displaying a story about fictional characters and their fictional lives and debts....
I feel stupid for even reading it...
Aug 9, 2013 4:15PM
Mike Brady was an architect. He had money.
Aug 9, 2013 3:25PM
Heehee...the thought of Tony Soprano carrying a secured credit card really made me snicker.  
Aug 9, 2013 6:43PM
Regarding Tony Soprano: If you have that much money (or operate your house with cash and live below your means), you don't need a credit score. It is the biggest lie and myth around. If you don't do debt, you don't need a credit score. My husband and I have lived for years without a credit card, or any debt. We save up and pay cash for things: cars, furniture, vacations, etc. We do plan to take out a 15 year mortgage with 50% down, no more than a forth our take home pay. (We are in our early 30s and plan to pay off the home by age 40). They will do manual underwriting with that ... we have always paid our bills and rent early, and have plenty of cash in the bank for emergencies. 

Our culture is in such a financial crisis when it comes to handling money, and food as well (that's another topic). 
Aug 9, 2013 1:04PM
how about a report networks with bad ratings, and reporters who never report . MSNBC NBC et. al would lead the pack .
Sep 4, 2013 6:53PM

Men are terrific with making the correct financial decisions. (being sarcastic and facetious)

1.  Keating 5

2.  Arthur Anderson


4.  Auto Industry

5. Mortgage Industry

6. Banks

7. Airline Industry


Shall I continue ?

Aug 9, 2013 6:58PM
It also never helps when you had a wife like mine that thought her needs included gold jewelry, lavish spending on her overly fat a**, clothes she might wear once or twice, and of course a fortune in food as she grew and grew. Then when I find a pristine 1952 Packard Clipper that needs minor restoration for $500 and with $1000 in work I could easily sell this thing for $25,000 and I buy it she goes and sells it for $400 and goes on a jewelry shopping spree to teach me a lesson not to have hobbies or invest in a project with a high potential return. I could have put a healthy down payment on a nice home for $1500 investment.

Later when I buy a tow truck and get in business for myself and I have things going good, just got a second truck for cash, and looking for my first employee, she poisons me, almost kills me and squanders everything I worked for in 6 days time with nothing to show for it. I'm really glad this money drain I was married to is dead now.

Aug 9, 2013 4:23PM
Boy MSN if this is all you have go find some cute animal stories.
Sep 5, 2013 2:06AM
They totally forgot the worst one out there John Winchester from Supernatural. He raised two sons & kept his '67 Chevy Impala in gas by credit card fraud and pool hustling.
Oct 2, 2013 5:37PM
Yeah!!!  But even back then, raising six kids, plus paying for a live-in maid, all on one salary couldn’t have been easy.  Forgot to mention, the "live-in maid was an "Illegal Alien" who wasn't paid minimum wages and whatever monies she was paid, was under the table, meaning the Brady's weren't reporting it to the IRS and neither was the maid.
Oct 2, 2013 5:33PM
Robert Reed’s Mike Brady never let on that he had money worries, of course not, he was a drug dealer
Aug 10, 2013 5:18AM
Nope, you are wrong, I'm not as stupid as you think I am, I'm switching back over to yahoo, nice try though
Aug 9, 2013 1:17PM
Really,!!!!! Really!!!  Is this all you guys have to do is write trash like this? Don"t you have more constructive things to do? I can"t believe you get paid to write stuff like this!!! You should have a boss like I had befre I retired,  He was old school, not like the bosses of today that lets you do anything you want to, Do ya think we can actually do some real work like we are getting paid to do?
Aug 9, 2013 1:03PM



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