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List Rules 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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Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sheriff Andy Taylor Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

Favorite TV Moms of All Time The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

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836 584
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

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728 647
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Howard Cunningham Happy Days

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803 633
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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747 637
Charles Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Charles Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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887 706
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Peter Griffin Family Guy

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699 819
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dan Conner Roseanne

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671 726
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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890 1,168
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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911 1,358
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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584 603
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ward Cleaver Leave it to Beaver

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664 589
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added Red Forman That '70s Show

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630 570
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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536 527
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Herman Munster The Munsters

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Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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325 322
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phil Dunphy Modern Family

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466 530
Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Mike Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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515 574
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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439 433
John Walton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons

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522 550
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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462 511
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Carl Winslow Family Matters - Family Matters  

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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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431 589
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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385 409
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Ben Cartwright Bonanza

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349 456
Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show

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173 134
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
jbeuscher01 added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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451 610
Hank Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hank Hill King of the Hill

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358 546
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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434 605
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

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332 432
Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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372 494
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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342 540
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Fred G. Sanford Sanford and Son

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374 605
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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338 498
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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306 363
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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187 191
Dr. Jason Seaver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Dr. Jason Seaver Growing Pains

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234 358
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seeley Booth bones

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241 317
Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tony Micelli Who's the Boss?

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234 390
Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Alan Matthews Boy meet world

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237 384
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Camden 7th Heaven

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214 238
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Stu Pickles Rugrats

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232 303
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

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239 341
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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197 252
Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phillip Drummond Diff'rent Strokes

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109 123
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Adam Braverman Parenthood

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221 325
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ozzie Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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69 61
Mike Baxter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
matthew-oaks added Mike Baxter Last Man Standing

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269 400
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step