Fictional fathers in narratives are often allegorical in nature and contemporary television is not immune from this. ABC’s groundbreaking television drama, Lost, offers a multitude of father figures that suggests not only a crisis concerning the role of the father in the 21st century but also the crisis of national security experienced by Americans after the attacks. In particular, the program showcases three specific types of troubled father/child relationships: those in which the father is absent and/or dead, those where the father is portrayed as abusive and/or evil, and those where the father and child are estranged and/or their relationship is severely damaged.
Melissa A. Ames. "Where Have All the Good Men Gone? A Psychoanalytic Reading of the Absent Fathers & Bad Dads on ABC's Lost" The Journal of Popular Culture 47.3 (2014): 430-450. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/melissa_ames/11