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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

Favorite TV Moms of All Time The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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852 606
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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Howard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Howard Cunningham Happy Days

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821 661
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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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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917 723
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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682 746
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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706 840
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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896 1,182
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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675 598
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JohnWarner added Red Forman That '70s Show

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642 575
Hal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Hal Malcolm in the Middle

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589 608
Ward Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Ward Cleaver Leave it to Beaver

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914 1,369
Heathcliff Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Phil Dunphy Modern Family

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

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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Jed
Jed "JD" Clampett The Beverly Hillbillies

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470 534
Mike Brady is listed (or ranked) 17 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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518 577
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Martin Crane Frasier

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442 434
John Walton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Brian Rukes added John Walton The Waltons

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Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Danny Tanner Full House

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Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
SilvieFrancineGrimardDosser added Carl Winslow Family Matters - Family Matters  

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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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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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389 411
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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183 137
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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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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453 613
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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362 547
Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs Fun Jobs That Pay Well

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335 432
Steve Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steve Douglas My Three Sons

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373 497
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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342 542
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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341 499
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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376 607
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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308 365
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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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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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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Alan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
JacobMurray added Alan Matthews Boy meet world

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Steven Keaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Steven Keaton The Facts of Life

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Tony Micelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Tony Micelli Who's the Boss?

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

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238 385
Eric Camden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Eric Camden 7th Heaven

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Darrin Stephens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
AlysiaWilkinson added Darrin Stephens Bewitched

100+ Easter Eggs from Every Pixar Movie The Best Coconut Milk Brands

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Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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

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Adam Braverman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
Adam Braverman Parenthood

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

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Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Frank Lambert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?
willyboymcoy added Frank Lambert Step by Step