Favorite TV Dads of All Time TV Characters

Favorite TV Dads of All Time

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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.

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

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    Heathcliff Huxtable

    The Cosby Show More
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    Sheriff Andy Taylor

    Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show More
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    Happy Days More
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    Homer Simpson

    The Simpsons More
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    Married... with Children More
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    Roseanne More
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    Home Improvement More
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    The Addams Family More
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    Mike Brady

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    Hal

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    Frank Costanza

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    Michael Bluth

    Arrested Development More
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    Fred G. Sanford

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    Hank Hill

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    Steve Douglas

    My Three Sons More
    62
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    Peter Griffin

    Family Guy More
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    Steven Keaton

    The Facts of Life More
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
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    Full House More
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    7th Heaven More
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    Ben Cartwright

    Bonanza More
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    John Walton

    The Waltons More
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    Darrin Stephens

    Bewitched More
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    George Jefferson

    The Jeffersons More
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    Ozzie Nelson

    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet More
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    Seeley Booth

    bones More
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    Jonathan Kent

    Smallville More
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    Tony Micelli

    Who's the Boss? More
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    John Winchester

    Supernatural More
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
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    Eric Taylor

    Friday Night Lights More
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    Dr Alex Stone

    The Donna Reed Show More
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine More
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    Tom Bradford

    Eight is Enough More
    48
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