Best TV Characters Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?  

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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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Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Cameron Tucker is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Cameron Tucker Modern Family

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George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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zxray added Bob Belcher Bob's Burgers

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Tom Bradford is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tom Bradford Eight is Enough

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Mike Heck is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ChrissyBaker added Mike Heck The Middle

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Burt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
CCOz_ added Burt Hummel Glee - Glee, father of Kurt Hummel and stepfather of Finn Hudson.

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John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
doriana added John Winchester Supernatural

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Phil Robertson is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty, Buck Commander

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Jim Anderson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Walter White Breaking Bad

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Ranger Cordell Walker is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
eeyore 412 added Ranger Cordell Walker Walker, Texas Ranger

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Dr Alex Stone is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dr Alex Stone The Donna Reed Show

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
carlybobarly added Jack Pearson This Is Us

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Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Taylor Friday Night Lights

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Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ElinaKuusisto added Arthur Spooner The King of Queens

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Mitchell Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
LanaYoshii added Mitchell Pritchett Modern Family

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ross Geller Friends

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Benjamin Sisko is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Benjamin Sisko Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Zeek Braverman is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Zeek Braverman Parenthood

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Sandy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sandy Cohen The O.C.

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Byron Sully is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Byron Sully Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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Jesse Duke is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Jesse Duke The Dukes of Hazzard

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Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bigcraig added Paul Hennessy 8 Simple Rules - 8 Simple Rules

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Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Jack Hodgins bones

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Louis Huang is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Louis Huang Fresh Off the Boat

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Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ChrissyBaker added Jay Pritchett Modern Family

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Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Stan Smith American Dad!

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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
graser20 added Batman Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures

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Ricky Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Ricky Ricardo I Love Lucy

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Michael Richard Kyle, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bigcraig added Michael Richard Kyle, Sr. My Wife and Kids - My Wife And Kids

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Prince Charming is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
LanaYoshii added Prince Charming Once Upon a Time

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James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
wilder368 added James Evans, Sr.

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Louie Louie

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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Sam Jones Mayberry RFD

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Timmy's Dad is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Timmy's Dad The Fairly OddParents

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Frank Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Gallagher Shameless, Shameless

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Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy - The living Version

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Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Bodwod added Jack Bauer 24

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Harry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Harry Morgan Dexter

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Bill Miller is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added Bill Miller Still Standing

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undefined is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
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Penny's Dad is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Penny's Dad The Big Bang Theory

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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Lucas McCain is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian White added Lucas McCain The Rifleman

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Bill Henrickson is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Bill Henrickson Big Love

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Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Lucious Lyon Empire

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Ignacio Suarez is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?