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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1,091 675
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
945 747
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Home Improvement

3
956 794
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
789 797
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Happy Days

5
840 775
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
478 410
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family

7
1,021 896
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Family Guy

8
792 927
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Roseanne

9
747 831
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Addams Family

10
702 616
Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

11
967 1,300
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Simpsons

12
770 689
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
969 1,469
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

14
637 671
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Leave it to Beaver

15
628 608
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Full House

16
586 588
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Munsters

17
522 591
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
541 652
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Game of Thrones

19
580 632
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frasier

20
574 591
Jed
The Beverly Hillbillies

21
491 477
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
517 568
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
 

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366 538
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Married... with Children

24
440 451
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Bonanza

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388 503
Rob Petrie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Dick Van Dyke Show

26
232 210
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
jbeuscher01 added The Walking Dead

27
498 671
Hank Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
King of the Hill

28
398 607
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Arrested Development

29
368 474
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
460 670
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
404 556
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

32
339 420
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

33
363 597
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sanford and Son

34
371 556
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Sopranos

35
227 224
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
392 676
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seinfeld

37
118 81
Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Boy Meets World - Boy meet world

38
277 397
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bones

39
273 352
Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Who's the Boss?

40
249 436
Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

41
249 289
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Rugrats

42
255 341
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Bewitched

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256 435
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
7th Heaven

44
73 53
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
224 291
Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Diff'rent Strokes

46
256 394
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
101 107
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

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234 359
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

49
155 201
Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Step by Step

50
123 164
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
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