TV Club: Stan’s excessive cruelty mars a wickedly clever American Dad

It would be safe to say that over the 12-year run of American Dad, it’s been made fairly clear that Stan Smith is nothing special as a father. Sure, he has the occasional redemptive moment in episodes like “Delorean Story-An,” and “Stannie Get Your Gun,” but he struggles to connect with either of his children, and unlike, say, Hank Hill, he doesn’t make much of an effort to bridge the gap. With that in mind, it doesn’t seem too surprising that the Smith family has forgotten Father’s Day, forcing Stan to miss out on the big CIA dad bod fashion show.

Still, they naturally feel terrible when Stan reminds them of this, and resolve to make it up for him with a big celebration two days after Father’s Day (in an amusing bit, an Obsessive-Compulsive radio host begins his show by repeatedly pointing out that …

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