Move over Cliff Huxtable, Castle is in the running for best TV dad

Move over Cliff Huxtable, Castle is in the running for best TV dad
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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If you thought Castle was an amazing dad before this week’s episode, he’s now going down in the annals of ultimate TV dads.

(And if you have any doubts, check out this Castle as the best TV dad photo gallery!)

In the second part of a cliffhanger episode where his daughter was kidnapped, he ditches all police protocol, lies to his mom and Beckett, and flies to Paris in search of Alexis.

When he arrives in Paris, he sees an old contact, who connects  him to Henri, a sketchy mercenary.

Though Henri seems like a promising ally, he sells Castle out to the Russians who are holding Alexis, and it’s Castle’s own dad (!) to the rescue.

Both Castle and Papa Castle, who works for the CIA, put their lives on the line to save Alexis.

And, through sheer brilliance, Castle, Papa Castle and Alexis all make it out alive!

Congratulations, Castle, you have now entered the ranks of top TV dads including:

  • Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show”
  • Danny Tanner from “Full House”
  • Steven Keaton from “Family Ties”
  • Tony Micelli from “Who’s the Boss?”
  • Jason Seaver from “Growing Pains”

And vying for a stop on the list is Papa Castle, though his approach to fatherhood is, erm, slightly unconventional .

He might not have been around very much (read: barely at all!) for most of Castle’s life, but he saved both Castle and Alexis, and “greased the wheels” for Castle to get CIA access to research  one of his novels.

In fact, he was the one who gave Castle a copy of “Casino Royale,” which inspired his writing career, and at the very end of the episode, lets Castle know he is safe by sending him the same book in the mail.

Three cheers for TV dads!

Catch up on everything you need to know about Season 5 here!

“Castle” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at


About LindsayLindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for since 2008. Lindsay’s highlights include interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, as well as covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!


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