The Stars Of 'Being Dad' Reveal Which Pop Culture Fathers Inspire Them

"Being Dad" is available on Netflix now.

No two dads are exactly the same, but a new docuseries from Chicken Soup For the Soul Entertainment —aptly titled Being Dad  — explores the common bond they all share.

Described as "intimate" and "revealing," Being Dad gives us an inside look into the lives of a group of men of completely different backgrounds who have one thing in common: fatherhood. Throughout the eight-episode season, now available on Netflix, viewers can witness the ups and downs in the lives of these men who all, as the show calls it, are "bound by the singular belief that raising their children is life's greatest gifts."

Before diving into the show, let us introduce you to a few of the dads who take part. Below, we ask them a few father-related questions, including the all-important one where they name their favorite dad from pop culture history.

Edward Carlyle Daly III, aka Eddie Spaghetti

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Age: 51
Location: San Diego, California 
Kids: Two sons (Quattro and Zeke) and one daughter (Elvis)

What does fatherhood mean to you?

Just being there for your kids when you can. I travel a lot, so I miss a lot. But when I'm home, I'm 100 percent there for them.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

That my capacity for love is WAY bigger than I knew before. I don't really trust an adult who hasn't had kids. 

What is your favorite thing about being a father?

The love I get back from my kids. The look in their eyes when I return from a trip. Special stuff.

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

I learned that I have a lot to learn. And that it's easy to take things for granted sometimes. 

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why?

Ozzy Osbourne, because he's an even more absentee father than I am. Ha!

Barry Grey

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Age: 63
Location: Los Angeles, California
Kid: One daughter (Lulu)

What does fatherhood mean to you?

I don't think I'm particularly unusual as a dad. I've just wanted to share with my daughter what I know about life and people, giving her the best opportunity to succeed as a thoughtful and caring person. The fact that she is a high-functioning autistic [child] has made parenting even more of a challenge than it usually is.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

Lulu has given me a perspective on patience I probably would never have acquired had she been a "normally developing child." But you know what? Lulu has thrived, regardless of and in spite of her autism. She is MY hero.

What is your favorite thing about being a father? 

Those quiet moments when it's just her and me, when we let down our hair and just talk. She's a wonderful person, and I'd say that even if I wasn't "the dad."

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

I learned that I am going to have to let go, that I have to let her fly solo — which still scares the hell out of me because she has never really had to take care of herself on a routine, daily basis. But, even as I write this, we are in the middle of driving her to college in Illinois and the letting go officially begins in just a few days. Ready or not, Lulu, here comes life.

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why?

There was a TV drama when I was in college called Family. The father was played by a wonderful actor, James Broderick (father of Matthew Broderick), who brought such sensitivity to the role that I never forgot the show nor the performance.

Steven Hardeman

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Age: 48
Location: Triangle, Virginia
Kids: Three sons (Steven, Sterling, and Seth)

What does fatherhood mean to you?

I am responsible for the well-being of my children by providing them life lessons from my experiences so they can make strong life decisions, and be global citizens that love their fellow man and contribute to society in a positive way. Think about the term "founding fathers" or "father of invention," both signify the creation of something. Fatherhood is a man's opportunity to create and mold a person of significance in this world. Through love, guidance, and support, our children can be and do anything.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

You can make a child do anything by force or fear — like clean their room, do homework, play a sport, etc. — but a dad, a father, has a child wanting to do anything because he's loved, encouraged, and inspired.

What is your favorite thing about being a father?

Watching phases of dependence evolve to independence. Seeing my boys go from infant to toddler to child and now young men is an everyday reminder of the impact they have on my life and the impact I have on them.

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

Kids want parents to be an active participant in their lives. After sharing with the kids my concerns about health and weight, we continued our journey to losing over 275 pounds as a family in the course of a year.

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why?

Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show, because his relationship with Opie was authentic. I guess because I came from law enforcement, I can relate to the wanting to be strong for your sons but also having a heart. Andy learned from his son as much as he gave his son. Honestly, most modern shows downplay the role of a father and he is often the "joke" of the show or naively overrun by wife or family. A dad is so much more.

Terry Lobato

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Age: 56
Location: Riverside, California
Kids: Three daughters (Hannah, Cecilia, and Elizabeth) and one son (Matthew) 

What does fatherhood mean to you?

Being a loving person. It means being there for your children and spouse. As a father, you have the responsibility to be a role model for your children for what to expect from a man.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

As my children age, not to intervene too much so that I allow them to mature and learn everyday lessons.

What is your favorite thing about being a father?

My favorite thing about being a father is watching my children experience life. It is neat to see them struggle and succeed in life.

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

Yes, that without my wife, I would have failed. She is my superhero, my strength, and my go-to person. Maybe we should change the title to Being a Family. Honestly, our story is OUR STORY — not mine.

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why? 

Easy, Tim Allen with Last Man Standing. He speaks to real issues families go through. The show is written very intelligently.

Evan Nisbet

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Age: 51
Location: Hollywood, California
Kid: One son (Gabriel)

What does fatherhood mean to you?

Fatherhood means providing a safe, nurturing, loving home for my child as well as a strong foundation of love and support so he can live his best life.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

The biggest lesson I've learned being a dad is that I have a lot to learn! You must allow yourself to learn from your mistakes and keep an open mind to evolve and grow as a parent.

What is your favorite thing about being a father?

My favorite things about being a father are the little moments we share every day: watching him run to me with that big smile when I pick him up at school, singing a Britney Spears song together in the car, dinnertime laughter, bedtime stories, and every time he tells me he loves me. ALL my favorite things!

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

While participating in the show I learned that you never know what a 5-year-old is going to do or say at any given moment — both fun and terrifying at the same time.

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why? 

My favorite pop culture dad is Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Pa was the best! He was always so kind and loving toward his family and he wasn't afraid to show his emotions. I loved it when he cried. The perfect dad.

Kristian Traylor

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Age: 46
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Kid: One daughter (Olivia)

What does fatherhood mean to you?

To me, fatherhood means doing everything I can to give my child the foundation and support necessary to be a thoughtful, caring, and conscientious person with the confidence, acumen, and tools to be successful in all parts of her life. 

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by being a dad?

Being "in the moment" with my child. I don't want to ever go through the motions when we spend time together but be fully engaged and participative. This has helped me develop a strong bond, relationship, and understanding of my daughter — and vice versa.

What is your favorite thing about being a father?

Seeing my child grow intellectually and spiritually, accomplish goals, and be happy.

Did you learn anything about fatherhood while participating in the show?

I actually had some time to interact with the crew, some of which are single dads, and shared similar stories. I don't have as much time as I would like to interact with other dads, so it was nice to see we all have similar ups and downs with fatherhood.

Who's your favorite pop culture dad and why? 

I grew up watching The Brady Bunch and liked Mike Brady. He was a good communicator, and listener to the Brady kids and always had a knack to help them sort through their challenges.

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