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Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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?"

Vote: Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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.

Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own? TV Characters
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    Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

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    Happy Days

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    Home Improvement

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    Little House on the Prairie

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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    Roseanne

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    The Simpsons

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    The Addams Family

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    Leave it to Beaver

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    The Cosby Show

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    The Beverly Hillbillies

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    That '70s Show

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    John Walton The Waltons

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    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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    Frasier

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    Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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    Married... with Children

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    The Munsters

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    Bonanza

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    Family Matters Family Matters 

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    Full House

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    Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

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    Modern Family

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    Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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    Game of Thrones

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    Sanford and Son

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    King of the Hill

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    Seinfeld

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    Arrested Development

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    Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Family Guy

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    The Sopranos

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    Castle

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    Parenthood

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    Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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    7th Heaven

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    Bewitched

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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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    Growing Pains

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    The Walking Dead

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    Diff'rent Strokes

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    Who's the Boss?

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    The Jeffersons

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    Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Rugrats

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    bones

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    Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty, Buck Commander

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    Eight is Enough

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