Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own? TV Characters

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?"

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.

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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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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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    Little House on the Prairie

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    The Addams Family

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    Roseanne

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    The Simpsons

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    Leave it to Beaver

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    The Cosby Show

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    That '70s 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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    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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    Frasier

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    Married... with Children

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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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    Family Matters Family Matters 

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    Full House

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    Bonanza

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    Modern Family

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    Game of Thrones

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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

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    Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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    King of the Hill

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    Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?


    Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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    Arrested Development

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    Seinfeld

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    Sanford and Son

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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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    The Walking Dead

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    Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 36 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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    Parenthood

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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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    Who's the Boss?

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    Everybody Loves Raymond

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    Diff'rent Strokes

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    bones

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    Rugrats

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    The Jeffersons

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    Breaking Bad

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    Eight is Enough

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