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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1,102 683
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
952 758
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Home Improvement

3
968 803
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
797 806
Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Happy Days

5
854 784
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
500 418
Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Modern Family

7
1,028 915
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Family Guy

8
797 939
Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Roseanne

9
754 839
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Addams Family

10
711 625
Hal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Malcolm in the Middle

11
974 1,314
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Simpsons

12
778 699
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
644 679
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Leave it to Beaver

14
975 1,483
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

15
641 615
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Full House

16
531 598
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
546 658
Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Game of Thrones

18
589 598
Herman Munster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Munsters

19
586 637
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frasier

20
578 596
Jed
The Beverly Hillbillies

21
495 483
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
522 572
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
369 544
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Married... with Children

24
444 454
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
zxray added Bonanza

25
238 214
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
389 506
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
502 677
Hank Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
King of the Hill

28
402 612
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Arrested Development

29
371 476
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
463 675
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
344 420
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

32
405 560
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

33
365 599
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Sanford and Son

34
372 560
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
The Sopranos

35
229 225
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 83
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
392 681
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Seinfeld

38
277 400
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
bones

39
275 354
Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Who's the Boss?

40
257 343
Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Bewitched

41
250 440
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

42
250 292
Stu Pickles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Rugrats

43
259 438
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
7th Heaven

44
76 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
225 294
Phillip Drummond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Diff'rent Strokes

46
256 398
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
102 110
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
158 202
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
234 361
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
124 165
Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
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