Parenting Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
68.3k votes 5.2k voters 106k views 100 items

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.
list ordered by
back to page 1

51
194 285
Cameron Tucker is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family

52
286 461
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

53
101 136
Ranker Video
zxray added Bob's Burgers

54
239 451
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Jeffersons

55
191 290
Tom Bradford is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eight is Enough

56
83 106
Mike Heck is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ChrissyBaker added The Middle

57
118 152
Burt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
CCOz_ added Glee - Glee, father of Kurt Hummel and stepfather of Finn Hudson.

58
153 330
John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
doriana added Supernatural

59
155 242
Jim Anderson is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

60
139 220
Phil Robertson is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty, Buck Commander

61
124 299
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Breaking Bad

62
52 42
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
carlybobarly added This Is Us

63
64 81
Ranger Cordell Walker is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
eeyore 412 added Walker, Texas Ranger

64
160 296
Dr Alex Stone is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dr Alex Stone The Donna Reed Show

65
60 83
Mitchell Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
LanaYoshii added Modern Family

66
125 356
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Friday Night Lights

67
137 295
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ElinaKuusisto added The King of Queens

68
171 436
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts

69
166 334
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Friends

70
129 298
Benjamin Sisko is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

71
41 33
Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bigcraig added 8 Simple Rules -

8 Simple Rules

72
62 110
Zeek Braverman is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Parenthood

73
55 101
Sandy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The O.C.

74
59 71
Jesse Duke is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Dukes of Hazzard

75
43 74
Byron Sully is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

76
61 51
Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added bones

77
96 139
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ChrissyBaker added Modern Family

78
57 112
Louis Huang is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Fresh Off the Boat

79
151 362
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added American Dad!

80
67 73
Ricky Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added I Love Lucy

81
45 131
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sons of Anarchy

82
83 101
Batman is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
graser20 added Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures

83
56 85
Prince Charming is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
LanaYoshii added Once Upon a Time

84
34 49
Michael Richard Kyle, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bigcraig added My Wife and Kids -

My Wife And Kids

85
71 142
James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
wilder368 added

86
31 71
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Sam Jones Mayberry RFD

87
43 124
Louie is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Louie

88
119 347
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

89
64 166
Frank Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Shameless, Shameless

90
49 69
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Grey's Anatomy - The living Version

91
25 79
Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Bodwod added 24

92
25 99
Harry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dexter

93
41 76
Penny's Dad is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Penny's Dad The Big Bang Theory

94
68 239
Bill Miller is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added Still Standing

95
22 44
Lucas McCain is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian White added The Rifleman

96
8 19
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

97
1 9
undefined is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
wordydirds added undefined

98
4 35
Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Empire

99
16 117
Bill Henrickson is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Big Love

100
8 114
Ignacio Suarez is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?