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19 Reasons Why Captain Picard Was Your TV Dad

Set phasers to "LOVE ME."

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As a kid, there may have been times when you were a little aimless or confused.

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Maybe even a little lonely.

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But along came this guy!

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Jean-Luc Picard, Federation Starfleet Captain of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D!

Prime dad material.
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Prime dad material.

Captain, diplomat, archaeologist, role model, and your primetime television father.

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Silly Picard, aliens don't shake hands!

1. You made an instant connection with him.

Your minds were as one.
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Your minds were as one.

2. He was diligent and hard-working.

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I mean, just look at that space-iPad.

3. And stern, always well-composed.

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The shirt tug that means business.

4. A cultured man, raised on a vineyard in France.

Though he spent most of his time making model starships.
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Though he spent most of his time making model starships.

5. With way more life experience than any adult in the REAL world.

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How many dads do YOU know survived the Borg, lived an entire lifetime in 25 minutes, and had their mind linked with a Vulcan's for all eternity?

6. The kind of space-dad you could really brag to your friends about.

"Will you adopt me?"
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"Will you adopt me?"

7. He could be a little grumpy and intimidating at times.

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8. But he also had a sense of humor.

Classic dad humor.
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Classic dad humor.

9. He led an exciting life, exploring the universe and generally being magnificent.

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10. But also had a reserved, introspective side that just made you more curious about him.

Fights aliens AND drinks tea.
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Fights aliens AND drinks tea.

11. The more you craved his love, the more he withheld it!

Just like a real dad.
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Just like a real dad.

12. He taught you a code of ethics that would carry you across galaxies.

The Prime Directive is applicable in all situations.
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The Prime Directive is applicable in all situations.

13. He was there for you when you thought the universe was against you.

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14. He inspired you to be a better human.

Ever the reluctant role model.
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Ever the reluctant role model.

15. He taught you to appreciate music...

Even if you resented getting dragged to piano lessons growing up.
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Even if you resented getting dragged to piano lessons growing up.

16. ...Literature...

Those ancient things called "books".
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Those ancient things called "books".

17. ...Family...

Sidenote: This is also the family you always wanted.
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Sidenote: This is also the family you always wanted.

18. ...And life in all different forms.

No judgements in space!
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No judgements in space!

19. But most of all, he taught you that you weren't alone.

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