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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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zxray added Bob Belcher Bob's Burgers

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

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Cameron Tucker is listed (or ranked) 53 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) 54 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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Mike Heck is listed (or ranked) 55 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) 56 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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Tom Bradford is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tom Bradford Eight is Enough

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Phil Robertson is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty, Buck Commander

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Walter White Breaking Bad

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John Winchester is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
doriana added John Winchester Supernatural

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Jim Anderson is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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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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Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ElinaKuusisto added Arthur Spooner The King of Queens

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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

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
carlybobarly added Jack Pearson This Is Us

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ross Geller Friends

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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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Zeek Braverman is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Zeek Braverman Parenthood

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts

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Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Taylor Friday Night Lights

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Benjamin Sisko is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Benjamin Sisko Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Byron Sully is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Byron Sully Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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

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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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Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Jack Hodgins bones

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Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
ChrissyBaker added Jay Pritchett Modern Family

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Paul Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 77 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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Louis Huang is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Louis Huang Fresh Off the Boat

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Stan Smith American Dad!

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Prince Charming is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
LanaYoshii added Prince Charming Once Upon a Time

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 82 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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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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Louie is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Louie Louie

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Ricky Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Ricky Ricardo I Love Lucy

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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

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James Evans, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
wilder368 added James Evans, Sr.

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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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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
RobLein added Sam Jones Mayberry RFD

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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

23 Toys That Prove Your Parents Didn't Love You

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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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

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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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Jack Geller is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Lolalocke8 added Jack Geller Friends

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Bill Henrickson is listed (or ranked) 97 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) 98 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) 99 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?