There have been some really spectacular uncles in the world of television, but Uncle Phil, from Fresh Prince of Bel Air is, without doubt, in the top three. Anyone who could handle the attitude of Will, trying to guide him through the trials of being a teenager, without the added cred of being a parent is pretty special. Uncle Phil was a dad who knew how to encourage his children’s growth, but he was also an uncle who could mess around with the best. He never tried to replace Will’s father, but he did offer his unconditional love and support in quiet, restrained ways, so that Will knew he could rely on him when necessary.
Was there ever a better definition of uncle? Thanks for giving us such a great example, Uncle Phil. Here are 7 times you wished Uncle Phil was your actual uncle. Because come on, people.
- That time Will ended up in jail because of a coerced confession, and Uncle Phil went ballistic.
- All the times he danced. Because let’s face it: uncles who dance are way cooler than dads who dance.
- When he was there for Will emotionally, as he dealt with the knowledge that his own father didn’t want to spend time with him. Silent, supportive, loving. Isn’t that what uncles are, at their best? Well, not always silent.
- Did I mention the dancing? Because he was seriously awesome. And adorable. And only a little bit mortifying.
- Finding out just how hip he was in the past. Wearing his hair like James Brown, because he liked him so much.
- That time he took a dude out, because he was so damn offensive. YOU GO, UNCLE PHIL.
- Basically, any time he takes control and makes douchebags regret their mistakes. Like this guy, who shouldn’t be smoking around kids.
Uncle Phil was the kind of uncle that’s one in a million, and yet not unlike so many uncles out there who step up to be a positive male figure in the lives of nieces and nephews who don’t have that in their lives. Every uncle should aspire to be such a badass, loving man.