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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?"

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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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

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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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Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Howard Cunningham Happy Days

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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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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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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phil Dunphy Modern Family

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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dan Conner Roseanne

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Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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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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Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ward Cleaver Leave it to Beaver

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Herman Munster The Munsters

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Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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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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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

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Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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John Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons

The Best Cartoons of the '90s

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Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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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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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
jbeuscher01 added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Rob Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show

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

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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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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Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Fred G. Sanford Sanford and Son

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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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Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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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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Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Alan Matthews Boy Meets World - Boy meet world

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Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seeley Booth bones

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Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tony Micelli Who's the Boss?

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Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Stu Pickles Rugrats

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Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Camden 7th Heaven

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Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phillip Drummond Diff'rent Strokes

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Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

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Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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Mike Baxter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
matthew-oaks added Mike Baxter Last Man Standing

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Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step

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Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Adam Braverman Parenthood

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Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ozzie Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet