15 movies, TV shows, and documentaries that explore fatherhood

Written by Rebecca Quinones, Materials Selection Librarian, Main Library

Father's Day is fast approaching. For some this day is a celebration of a beloved parent, caregiver, family member, or friend. For others, it can be a day filled with complicated emotions. 

We've rounded up a few of our favorite movies, television shows, and documentaries that portray people who are fathers in just a few of the many ways fatherhood takes shape. Sometimes its completely outside the gender binary or who we traditionally think of when we think of fathers. Here, you'll find gay dads, divorced dads, trans dads, single dads, estranged dads, differently abled dads, granddads, stay-at-home dads, adoptive dads, foster dads, uncles who step in as dads, incarcerated dads, stepdads, and more. 

However Father's Day is celebrated (or not) in your life, we hope you enjoy these suggestions. All are available to watch for free using your Library card. 


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