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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    Heathcliff Huxtable

    The Cosby Show More
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    Sheriff Andy Taylor

    Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show More
    92
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    Happy Days More
    88
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    The Simpsons More
    85
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    Married... with Children More
    82
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    Tim Taylor

    Home Improvement More
    81
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    Roseanne More
    79
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    The Addams Family More
    78
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    Leave it to Beaver More
    73
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air More
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    Charles Ingalls

    Little House on the Prairie More
    69
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    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour More
    69
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    Frasier More
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    That '70s Show More
    66
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    Jed "JD" Clampett

    The Beverly Hillbillies More
    66
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    Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family More
    66
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    Family Matters More
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    Family Matters 
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    Fred G. Sanford

    Sanford and Son More
    65
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    The Munsters More
    64
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    Hal

    Malcolm in the Middle More
    64
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    Game of Thrones More
    63
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    Seinfeld More
    63
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    Arrested Development More
    61
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    Hank Hill

    King of the Hill More
    61
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    Ben Cartwright

    Bonanza More
    59
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show More
    59
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    Modern Family More
    59
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    Steve Douglas

    My Three Sons More
    59
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    Family Guy More
    57
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    The Sopranos More
    55
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    Castle More
    54
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    Full House More
    53
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    John Walton

    The Waltons More
    52
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    Steven Keaton

    The Facts of Life More
    52
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    7th Heaven More
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
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    Seeley Booth

    bones More
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    Breaking Bad More
    48
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    Bewitched More
    48
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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet More
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    The Jeffersons More
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    Eric Taylor

    Friday Night Lights More
    47
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    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts More
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    Supernatural More
    43
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
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    Dr Alex Stone

    The Donna Reed Show More
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    Eight is Enough More
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    Who's the Boss? More
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