Favorite TV Dads of All Time TV Characters
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Favorite TV Dads of All Time

List Criteria: Favorite TV characters who were fathers. (Not necessarily guys who were the BEST fathers.)

List of the greatest and most memorable dads from through television history. Which TV fathers were the most inspirational? Who taught you the most about growing up and becoming an adult? Which TV fathers were just the funniest and most entertaining? Any TV dads who fit these criteria are eligible for this list, an attempt to drill down into the definitive answer to the question: "Who's the world's favorite TV Dad?"

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Classic sitcoms revolving largely around the family gave us a ton of Dads to choose from, and for the most part, they were traditionally good fathers. Guys like Rob Petrie, Andy Taylor and Howard Cunningham looked out for their kids, paid attention to their needs and gave them solid life and career advice.

Through the '80s and '90s, pop culture got a bit a bit more realistic or cynical, depending on who you ask, and TV Dads became more of a hodge-podge of responsibility and immaturity, reflecting the real, complex and often difficult job of being a father. Though there remain the shining examples of great TV dads like Cliff Huxtable from "The Cosby Show" and Dan Conner from "Roseanne," you now had alternative views of fatherhood, like Homer Simpson and the iconic Al Bundy.

But this list doesn't discriminate! If your favorite TV dads are likely to lose their kids at the mall, ignore them in favor of football and beer or forget their birthdays, vote for 'em anyway! Your old man would be proud.
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    the people's #1 & most listed The Cosby Show

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    ranked low on reranks Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

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    Happy Days

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    The Simpsons

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    Home Improvement

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    Roseanne

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    The Addams Family

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    Leave it to Beaver

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    Little House on the Prairie

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    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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    added by JohnWarner That '70s Show

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    Frasier

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    The Beverly Hillbillies

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    added by SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser Family Matters Family Matters 

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    Sanford and Son

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    King of the Hill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Arrested Development

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    Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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    ranked low on reranks & added by zxray Bonanza

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    Family Guy

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    Full House

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    ranked high on reranks Friday Night Lights

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    ranked low on reranks & added by AlysiaWilkinson Bewitched

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    Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Who's the Boss?

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    Eight is Enough

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