Dad Vibes: Shows and Movies to Watch with Your Dad this Father’s Day

Tiles of TV shows and movies that are available on Philo show Father's Day-inspired content.

What’s old is new again and dads are really coming back in style. Whether it’s New Balance shoes, fanny packs (conveniently rebranded as belt bags), or crew socks, the things that were once definitively for dads only are now decidedly trendy. We’re glad dads are getting the fashion credit they deserve. But more importantly, good dads and father figures often play an integral role in the lives of their children, providing guidance, a sense of emotional and physical safety, love, and mentorship, while serving as role models for their children as they grow into adulthood. Being an active and involved dad is very cool in our book. This Father’s Day, whether you’re watching TV with your dad or have become a dad yourself, Philo has plenty of shows and movies to watch with the father-figure in your life. 


1883 (Paramount Network): Who said grown men don’t cry? Well Tim McGraw sang the song, and he’ll bring you to tears watching the cinematic Yellowstone prequel. The country music star turned actor stars alongside his real-life wife, Faith Hill, in the fictional story of a family who travels the plain states in the late nineteenth century to build a better life for themselves and their children. The family and their caravan face unforgiving terrain, hostile adversaries, deadly animals, disease, and heartbreak ahead. 

Two episodes will be available beginning on June 18. After that, Paramount will air episodes each Sunday, so make sure to save the hit series on your DVR. 

From (MGM+*):  In a nightmarish town in middle America that traps everyone who enters, unwilling residents strive to stay alive and search for a way out, but they are plagued by the terrifying nocturnal creatures from the surrounding forest and secrets hidden in the town. The show features two dads played by Harold Perrineau and Eion Bailey who are trying to do their best in extraordinary circumstances. 
The Walking Dead (AMC): While “The Walking Dead” may not be specifically tailored as a show for Father’s Day, it’s enjoyed by many fathers and makes for an engaging viewing experience. Here are a few reasons why it might be considered a good show for fathers in general:

  • Themes of Family and Parental Relationships: “The Walking Dead” delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the lengths parents go to protect and care for their children in a dangerous world. It explores the challenges and sacrifices that come with parenthood, making it relatable for fathers.
  • Character Development and Growth: The series features a diverse range of characters who undergo significant development throughout the show. Many fathers in the series evolve and adapt as they face numerous challenges, making it intriguing to watch their character arcs unfold.
  • Exploration of Morality and Ethical Dilemmas: “The Walking Dead” raises thought-provoking questions about morality and the choices one must make in dire circumstances. Fathers can likely relate to the dilemmas faced by characters as they balance protecting their loved ones while also upholding their values.

Yellowstone (Paramount): While currently on hiatus in between part 1 and 2 of Season 5, “Yellowstone” is a great show for you to watch as with your dad or as a dad. The popular television series is known for its exploration of family dynamics, power struggles, and the rugged beauty of the American West. Here are a few reasons dads might enjoy the show: 

  • Strong Male Characters: The show features a cast of compelling and complex male characters, including patriarch John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner. These characters often embody qualities such as strength, resilience, and determination, which can resonate with fathers. Another father in the series is Casey, John’s son, who has decided to take a different approach to fatherhood with his own son. 
  • Exploration of Fatherhood: “Yellowstone” delves into the themes of fatherhood, legacy, and the challenges of raising a family. It examines the sacrifices and difficult decisions that John Dutton and other characters make to protect and provide for their children, which can offer a relatable perspective for fathers.

Paramount Network is running a marathon of Season 4 of Yellowstone on Saturday, and a marathon of Season 5 on Sunday. Set your DVRS!


Die Hard (STARZ*): “Die Hard” is often considered a classic action film, and while it may not have been specifically intended as a Father’s Day movie, and more of a Christmas movie, it has become associated with the holiday due to its themes of family, heroism, and a protagonist determined to protect his loved ones. Here are a few reasons why “Die Hard” might be a popular choice to watch on Father’s Day:

  • Relatable Fatherly Motivation: The main character, John McClane, is a devoted father who finds himself caught in a dangerous situation while trying to reconcile with his estranged wife and protect his children. His determination to ensure the safety of his family can resonate with fathers who prioritize the well-being of their loved ones.
  • Nostalgic Appeal: “Die Hard” was released in 1988 and has since become a beloved classic. For many fathers who grew up during that era, watching or re-watching the film on Father’s Day can evoke a sense of nostalgia and provide an opportunity to share a movie they enjoyed in their youth with their own families. 
  • Shared Viewing Experience: Watching “Die Hard” together as a family can create a fun and bonding experience. It allows fathers to share their favorite action movies with their children, creating memories and fostering a sense of connection.

Mrs. Doubtfire (STARZ): “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a heartwarming comedy-drama about a father,  played by Robin Williams, who disguises himself as a British nanny in order to spend time with his children after a separation from his wife. Hilarity ensues as he navigates the challenges of maintaining the ruse while learning important lessons about love, family, and the lengths we go to stay connected. With its blend of humor, emotional depth, and memorable performances, “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a beloved film that explores the enduring bonds of family. Here are a few reasons why “Mrs. Doubtfire” might be considered a good movie to watch on Father’s Day:

  • Portrayal of Fatherly Love: The film showcases the love and devotion of a father, Daniel Hillard (played by Robin Williams), who goes to exceptional lengths to be close to his children after a separation from his wife. His determination and sacrifices demonstrate the deep bond between a father and his children.
  • Themes of Family and Reconciliation: The movie delves into the importance of family and the challenges of maintaining a connection, even under difficult circumstances. It highlights the significance of open communication, understanding, and forgiveness within a family unit. “Mrs. Doubtfire” also presents poignant and emotional moments that explore the complexities of relationships and the impact of divorce on children and parents alike.
  • Positive Role Modeling: Daniel’s determination to be involved in his children’s lives showcases positive aspects of fatherhood, such as love, care, and the willingness to make sacrifices for the well-being of one’s family. It can inspire and remind fathers of the importance of their role in their children’s lives.
  • Timeless Appeal: “Mrs. Doubtfire” has become a beloved and enduring film since its release in 1993. Its timeless themes and relatable characters make it enjoyable to watch across generations, allowing fathers to share a beloved movie from their own childhood with their own children.

*STARZ and MGM+ are add-on channels for Philo. 

What shows will you be watching this Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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