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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

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899 683
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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889 732
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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750 752
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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793 733
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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984 807
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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413 356
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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752 878
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dan Conner Roseanne

9
667 570
Hal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

10
711 789
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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723 639
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added Red Forman That '70s Show

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931 1,236
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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943 1,412
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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605 642
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

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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560 560
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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554 561
Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

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495 565
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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575 581
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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548 605
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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460 459
John Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons

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497 621
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

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494 540
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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329 500
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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408 434
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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215 174
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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364 484
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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476 643
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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376 575
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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345 454
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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446 639
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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390 521
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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352 568
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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354 522
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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323 391
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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381 639
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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262 372
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seeley Booth bones

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202 206
Dr. Jason Seaver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Dr. Jason Seaver Growing Pains

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97 65
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 38 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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255 335
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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231 262
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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241 411
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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242 321
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

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247 407
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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209 269
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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244 368
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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118 142
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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146 182
Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step

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82 82
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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226 342
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ozzie Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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49 37
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF