Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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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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    Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

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    Home Improvement

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    Happy Days

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    Little House on the Prairie

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    Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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    Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Dan Conner Roseanne

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    Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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    Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Red Forman That '70s Show

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    Leave it to Beaver

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    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff"... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable The Cosby Show

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    The Beverly Hillbillies

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    Hal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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    Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Martin Crane Frasier

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    Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Mike Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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    Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Peter Griffin Family Guy

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    The Munsters

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    John Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    John Walton The Waltons

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    Married... with Children

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    Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Carl Winslow Family Matters Family Matters 

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    Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Danny Tanner Full House

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    Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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    Bonanza

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    Modern Family

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    Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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    Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show

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    King of the Hill

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    Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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    Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Fred G. Sanford Sanford and Son

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    Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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    Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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    Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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    The Sopranos

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    Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Richard Castle Castle

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    Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Adam Braverman Parenthood

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    Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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    Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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    Who's the Boss?

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    Rugrats

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    Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Diff'rent Strokes

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    Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Seeley Booth bones

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    George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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    Walter White is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Walter White Breaking Bad

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    Bob Belcher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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    Bob Belcher Bob's Burgers

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