The 2020’s

A Plague of New Shows

Apps, streaming services, miniseries - - everything becomes asynchronous and portable. Still, the TV Single Dad remains a reliable genre.

With housebound COVID plague avoiders looking for entertainment at the beginning of the decade, many struggling streaming shows got a new lease on production life, as viewers discovered new series in the backwaters of Amazon Prime and Netflix. The call for more episodes shows hope for the genre, as writers find more stories to tell with single dads.

First, the Questionable Show of the 2020s...


  • Ted Lasso

    Aired: 2020- (Apple TV)Ted Lasso

    QUESTIONABLE DAD: Ted Lasso (Jason Sudekis) / Divorced

    DAD’S JOB: Coach of English Premier League AFC Richmond

    KIDS: Henry Lasso (Gus Turner)(10)

    WHERE’S MOM?: Asked for divorce, went home to America

    STAND-IN “MOM”: No need – mom has custody.

    Ted Lasso is an American football coach who led his Wichita State Shockers football time to an NCAA Division II championship. He is hired to coach AFC Richmond, a pro soccer team in Surrey, UK.

    He seems like he’d be a great dad, except his son lives in Kansas while he’s in England, so he flunks the Mindy McConnell Occupancy Act.

Next, the Hall of Fame Shows:


  • The Mandalorian

    Aired: 2019- (Apple TV)The Mandalorian

    DAD: Din Djarin, The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) / Single

    DAD’S JOB: Bounty Hunter

    KIDS: Grogu (50), “The Child”

    WHERE’S MOM?: A mystery

    STAND-IN “MOM”: The Force? / Luke Skywalker

    Although the title character gets his bounty of Grogu in the first season, he’s not charged with being The Child’s guardian until the end of Season 1, which is why this show is listed under the 2020s page.

    An unfortunate plot turn at the end of Season 2 means that a Mike Brady Clock as started on Mando, as he will begin Season 3 without Grogu as a dependent. Hopefully he’ll have more children in his charge in the near future.