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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    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

    The Cosby Show More
    100
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    Sheriff Andy Taylor

    Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show More
    96
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    Happy Days More
    91
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    The Simpsons More
    87
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    Home Improvement More
    81
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    Roseanne More
    80
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    The Addams Family More
    79
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    Leave it to Beaver More
    74
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air More
    73
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    Little House on the Prairie More
    73
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    new! Al Bundy

    Married... with Children More
    72
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    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour More
    69
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    That '70s Show More
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    Frasier More
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    Jed "JD" Clampett

    The Beverly Hillbillies More
    65
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    Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family More
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    Family Matters More
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    added by: SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser
    Family Matters 
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    Sanford and Son More
    64
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    Hal

    Malcolm in the Middle More
    64
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    Eddard Stark

    Game of Thrones More
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    Herman Munster

    The Munsters More
    63
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    Seinfeld More
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    Michael Bluth

    Arrested Development More
    60
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    Steve Douglas

    My Three Sons More
    60
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    King of the Hill More
    60
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    The Dick Van Dyke Show More
    58
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    Ben Cartwright

    Bonanza More
    58
    added by: zxray
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    Family Guy More
    57
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    John Walton

    The Waltons More
    55
    added by: Brian Rukes
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    Full House More
    54
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    The Sopranos More
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    Modern Family More
    53
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    Steven Keaton

    The Facts of Life More
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    7th Heaven More
    50
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    bones More
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
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    Breaking Bad More
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    Castle More
    46
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    Dexter Morgan

    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts More
    44
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    The Jeffersons More
    44
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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet More
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    Eric Taylor

    Friday Night Lights More
    42
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    Bewitched More
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    added by: AlysiaWilkinson
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    Everybody Loves Raymond More
    38
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    Who's the Boss? More
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    Supernatural More
    37
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    Eight is Enough More
    36
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    Dr Alex Stone

    The Donna Reed Show More
    36
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    Benjamin Sisko

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine More
    35
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