Parenting 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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1,118 693
Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show

2
960 770
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Home Improvement

3
980 814
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
804 814
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Happy Days

5
864 790
Charles Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Little House on the Prairie

6
512 424
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family

7
808 947
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Roseanne

8
765 843
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Addams Family

9
1,030 934
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Family Guy

10
720 633
Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Malcolm in the Middle

11
979 1,329
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Simpsons

12
789 709
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added That '70s Show

13
652 685
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Leave it to Beaver

14
982 1,496
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

15
652 620
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Full House

16
535 603
Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

17
554 664
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Game of Thrones

18
597 603
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Munsters

19
595 643
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frasier

20
582 601
Jed
The Beverly Hillbillies

21
504 488
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

22
530 575
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Family Matters
Family Matters
 

23
376 553
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Married... with Children

24
451 458
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Bonanza

25
394 510
Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Dick Van Dyke Show