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For Father's Day: Is GH's Patrick Drake The Best Soap Dad Ever?



Father’s Day is Sunday and as children get prepared to shower their dads with phone calls, emails, cards and presents, soap opera father’s are also very integral to storylines with their offspring!

Some soap dads actually bring a tear to our eye, or a smile to our face as they help teach their young children life lessons, help them persevere through challenging times, guide them, and love them.

On General Hospital, no father has become more endearing a single parent raising his child then Dr. Patrick Drake played by Jason Thompson.   Patrick’s scenes with his daughter Emma Drake played by Brooklyn Rae Silzer have continued to be audience crowd-pleasers. posted a few special Patrick and Emma moments to illustrate just what kind of great dad the good doc truly is!  You can watch a few selection after the jump as well!  After that let us know, is Patrick the best soap dad ever? Or, would you nominate another dad from another show? Let us know!

Leave a comment | 19 Comments


  1. Dinah

    June 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Tom Horton in history

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      June 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Tom Horton played by the late great McDonald Carey will always be the number one most loving, loyal and dedicated father and faithful husband in soap opera history!!!

  2. Christy

    June 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Yes! I think he’s been an exceptional Dad considering everything he’s been through the last few years. Jason and Brooklyn have great chemistry and work really well together as a father and daughter duo. I always love their conversations. And Patrick actually takes the time to teach her things. I hope we’re able to see Emma grow up on the show like Kimberly did.

  3. Ghlover

    June 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    He is the best daytime father ever.

  4. su0000

    June 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I like Nikolas and Spencer .. 🙂

    • Virginia

      June 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Nikolas and Spencer are a joke . The kid runs the household/relationship, he’s very spoiled. Patrick is o’k but he’s more involved w/his love life. My favorite soap dad is Abe Carver on Days.

      • su0000

        June 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        That is Prince Spencer ..
        He is perfect for being of wealth and a prince..
        Nik and Spencer 🙂

        Emma is a phony, she is like a robot, a PSA from Leave it to Beaver era lol ..

  5. Tima

    June 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    In all honesty Patrick spends the most time with his child on GH. I think Nikolas would come in a close second with Spencer. The show doesn’t seem to have the time to really show the parent/child relationships much right now and it shows since thinking on it it’s been a bit of time since any father interacted with their young child.

  6. Rodd

    June 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    GH does father relationships pretty well, I think. Patrick and Nicolas are great dads to their kids. Even Scotty had a tough time resisting being a dad to Franco.

    • I love gh

      June 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I love GH and all, but I think One Life portrayed father relationships better. Beau Buchanan was a great dad. Asa, well, he was a bit misguided but he loved his boys.

      Still miss that show!

  7. Dawn

    June 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Seriously? Mac is by far the BEST father in the history of GH.

    • Lew S.

      June 21, 2015 at 5:14 am

      Yes, I totally agree with you. Mac is the best. Nicholas, ya gotta be kidding me!

    • Ghlover

      June 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

      You are so correct! How could i forget Mac scorpio!! He devoted his life to Maxie and Goergie… I am getting teared eyed just thinking of some of their special moments.

    • I love gh

      June 21, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Well, you have a good point. Mac is fabulous.

      • Virginia

        June 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

        Mac is the man [dad]

  8. Callie

    June 20, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    The best soap father was Roman Brady when Drake Hogestyn was playing him. His relationship with Carrie is by far my favorite father/daughter relationshp of all time.

  9. Mary SF

    June 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Fathers on soaps are only as good as the writer who pens their relationships with their kids. I find most soap writers aren’t interested in the parent child relationship unless there is some conflict involved or as needed, whether in be mothers or fathers. Out of the remaining four soaps I find the better written fathers for soaps at least are Patrick from GH- Billy Abbott on Y&R, Daniel on Days and sorry B&B- there isn’t one father on this show written that passes muster. Every father from Bill, Eric, Ridge to Deacon, are all written self absorb egomaniacs and I pity any one in real life who has a father remotely like them.
    In all of soap history, well I agree Tom Horton was most likely the best written dad. I used to like how they wrote Jake McKinnion’s relationship with his stepchildren on Another World. And the Hughes family patriarch on ATWT, his name escapes me I want to say Bob, was it Bob or Tom? Him too, I thought he was written well as a dad.
    Well to all the real fathers out there I wish all of you a Happy Father’s Day.

  10. Rose

    June 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I like Patrick, Mac, and Nik, even though he should be driving Spencer to school, and setting some limits on the “littlest prince.” But then Nik probably didn’t have many hugs like he at least gives to Spencer. And even Michael. I think he’s doing a great job “parenting” AJ/Avery.

    I forgot, but did MF have the same kind of best GH mom on Mother’s Day? Because the Dad’s storylines seem to spend more quality time with their kids than the moms. Carly comes to mind, sometimes Maxi…not always her fault because of the Spinelli arrangement. I guess the writers don’t want to show the mothering side of Sam or Elizabeth that much, but even when they do it doesn’t seem as involved as the dads I mentioned. And even though Alexis made questionable mating choices, she tries to be involved in her girls lives.

  11. Omar

    June 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Best father ever is Dr. Joe Martin @ AMC

    Worst father is Victor Lord @ OLTL

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