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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

Favorite TV Moms of All Time The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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841 596
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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729 660
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Howard Cunningham Happy Days

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807 650
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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750 654
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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902 715
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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672 736
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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702 829
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dan Conner Roseanne

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892 1,175
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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912 1,366
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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667 594
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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585 607
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ward Cleaver Leave it to Beaver

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632 574
Hal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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330 325
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phil Dunphy Modern Family

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539 529
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Herman Munster The Munsters

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

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467 534
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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516 576
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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441 434
John Walton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons

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524 553
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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463 514
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Carl Winslow Family Matters - Family Matters  

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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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436 591
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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387 410
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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176 137
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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350 457
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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451 612
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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359 547
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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434 607
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

19 Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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333 432
Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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372 496
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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342 541
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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339 499
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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374 607
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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306 364
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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187 191
Dr. Jason Seaver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Dr. Jason Seaver Growing Pains

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236 359
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seeley Booth bones

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234 391
Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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241 318
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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76 51
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Alan Matthews Boy meet world

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216 239
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Stu Pickles Rugrats

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237 385
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Camden 7th Heaven

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233 303
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV The Best Stacy's Pita Chips Flavors of All Time

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Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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109 124
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Adam Braverman Parenthood

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Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phillip Drummond Diff'rent Strokes

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Mike Baxter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
matthew-oaks added Mike Baxter Last Man Standing

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222 325
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ozzie Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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269 402
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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134 169
Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step