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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

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924 712
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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923 761
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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764 776
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Howard Cunningham Happy Days

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814 751
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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1,002 847
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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444 377
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phil Dunphy Modern Family

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773 896
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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728 805
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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682 589
Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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746 657
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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950 1,262
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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956 1,434
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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618 655
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ward Cleaver Leave it to Beaver

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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573 571
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Herman Munster The Munsters

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505 575
Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 16 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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597 590
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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565 573
Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

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563 615
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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520 631
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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472 465
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

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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503 552
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Carl Winslow Family Matters - Family Matters  

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346 515
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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421 442
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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222 188
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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373 490
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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486 653
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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387 587
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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354 462
Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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455 647
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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396 532
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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356 579
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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361 535
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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329 401
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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386 652
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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211 214
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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267 381
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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106 70
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Alan Matthews Boy Meets World - Boy meet world

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263 341
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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242 269
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Stu Pickles Rugrats

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242 422
Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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246 328
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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251 417
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Camden 7th Heaven

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216 276
Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phillip Drummond Diff'rent Strokes

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249 376
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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60 42
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gabby Gellerman added Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

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90 88
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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149 187
Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step

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119 149
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Adam Braverman Parenthood

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227 349
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ozzie Nelson The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet