Outlander’s Jamie Fraser might be from the 18th century, but he’s basically our favorite TV dad now, anytime, ever. He was a feminist dad way before his time — and yes, some of it is thanks to his from-the-future wife, Claire Fraser, who taught him a lot feminist tricks — but what sets him apart from all the rest of those 17th century blokes is that he was willing to change and learn.
Now, officially, Jamie didn’t become a dad until Season 2, when their daughter Faith was born. Sadly, Claire miscarried, and Jamie was in prison. In Season 3, Claire gives birth to their second child, Brianna. But Jamie was stuck in the past and Claire was in the future. I know it’s complicated, but basically they were separated by 200 years. And Jamie never got a chance to be a father to Brianna until she was 20 years old.
Now he’s not perfect — he’s had his regular dad flaws and messed up. Like that time he spanked his wife. I wonder if Claire and Jamie ever told Bree about that? If Claire had Instagram, she’d be all, “TBT to that time your dad spanked me.” Probably not, so let me do that right now. Bree, your mom taught him 18th century punishments wouldn’t fly in their marriage. Of course, she taught him naked with a knife, because your mom is kinda f-ing cool.
Some of his most unique dad moments include talking to babies in utero. And being concerned that if he sleeps with his wife while she’s pregnant, he might bonk the baby on the head! If your mom’s a prostitute (but you have no clue which one!) and you’re being raised in a French brothel, Jamie will bust you for stealing, hire you, and then adopt you, because that’s the sort of dad he is.
So here are Jamie Fraser’s best “Da” moments in the last 200 years. He’s a really young, old Dad.