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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1,093 679
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
948 752
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Home Improvement

3
963 798
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
791 802
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Happy Days

5
848 780
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
489 415
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family

7
1,025 906
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Family Guy

8
795 935
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Roseanne

9
751 835
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Addams Family

10
708 620
Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Malcolm in the Middle

11
970 1,309
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Simpsons

12
773 694
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
639 674
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Leave it to Beaver

14
971 1,475
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

15
633 612
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Full House

16
524 594
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
588 594
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Munsters

18
543 654
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Game of Thrones

19
583 634
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frasier

20
576 592
Jed
The Beverly Hillbillies

21
493 479
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
521 570
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
369 542
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Married... with Children

24
442 452
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Bonanza

25
235 213
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
jbeuscher01 added The Walking Dead

26
389 505
Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Dick Van Dyke Show

27
499 676
Hank Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
King of the Hill

28
399 611
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Arrested Development

29
370 474
Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

30
463 672
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

31
405 558
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

32
341 420
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

33
365 598
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sanford and Son

34
372 558
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Sopranos

35
229 224
Dr. Jason Seaver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Growing Pains

36
120 82
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Boy Meets World - Boy meet world

37
392 679
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seinfeld

38
277 399
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bones

39
273 354
Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Who's the Boss?

40
250 291
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Rugrats

41
256 342
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Bewitched

42
249 439
Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

43
259 437
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
7th Heaven

44
75 54
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

45
225 293
Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Diff'rent Strokes

46
256 396
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
102 109
Mike Baxter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
matthew-oaks added Last Man Standing

48
157 201
Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Step by Step

49
234 360
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

50
124 164
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
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