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Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own? 

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Updated October 9, 2019 73.8k votes 5.7k voters 109.6k views 96 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?"

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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?
Return to Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show
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Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Home Improvement
3
Charles Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Little House on the Prairie
4
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
5
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family
6
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Happy Days
7
Hal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Malcolm in the Middle
8
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Family Guy
9
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added That '70s Show
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Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Full House
11
John Walton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons
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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Dan Conner Roseanne
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Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Leave it to Beaver
14
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Addams Family
15
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frasier
16
Jed "JD" Clamp... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Beverly Hillbillies
17
Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour
18
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Family Matters
Family Matters
 
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Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Herman Munster The Munsters
20
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Game of Thrones
21
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Ben Cartwright Bonanza
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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Simpsons
23
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Boy Meets World
Boy meet world
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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
jbeuscher01 added The Walking Dead
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Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Dick Van Dyke Show