12 Of The Best '90s TV Dads

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Vote up the TV dads you would most want as your own.

Most '90s kids (or really anybody who didn't care to go out on Friday nights in the 1990s) can tell you tales of the wondrous array of parental figures TV sitcoms introduced in the last decade of the 20th century. '90s TV dads are comedy gold, and they always delivered the best laughs and the most heart-felt father figure speeches. From Danny Tanner, the head of a Full House, to Carl Winslow, who could nail the sh*t out of perps, but couldn't always handle his Family Matters, there were plenty of clever, caring father figures for the kids and teens of the 1990s to look up to. Such actors unmistakably defined dad-ness for an entire generation, and these are the best of them.

Would you have picked a dad who was firm, but jovial like Jason Seaver, or someone more roll-with-the-punches like Frank Lambert? Whoever you think the best TV dad from the '90s would be (should be, IS!), this is your chance to vote and tell the world about the man you would have as your TV foster dad.   

Vote up the best '90s TV dad of all time from this list below!


  • 1
    1,916 VOTES
    Philip Banks
    Photo: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air / NBC

    We all know the story of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will Smith is born and raised in West Philadelphia, where he likes to play basketball. One day, he accidentally misses a shot, and hits a rough crowd of people with his basketball. His mother is concerned with the type of people he is hanging out with, and sends him to live with his aunt and uncle in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.   

    If Uncle Phil was your TV dad, you could expect the typical attitude of being the patriarch of the family. He has a tough-but-fair personality, and he's a lawyer, so he's definitely loaded. Philip Banks uses his money to spoil all of his children, including Will. Philip can be gruff, but also has a softer side, and will always fight to protect his family. You could always count on him to get you out of a tight spot - but don't expect that you won't be in for a world of trouble when you get home! 

    • Series: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    • Actor: James Avery
  • 2
    1,495 VOTES
    Danny Tanner
    Photo: Full House / ABC

    When Danny Tanner's wife is killed in a car accident, he enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his best friend to help raise his three daughters. Together, they move into a house in San Francisco, and attempt to navigate life in cramped quarters. Despite working on a morning TV show (Wake Up, San Francisco!) and dealing with the zany cast of characters constantly running through the house, Tanner is the ideal TV dad. He's reassuring, supportive, goofy, and works hard - along with Uncle Joey and Uncle Jesse - to raise his irreverent and hilarious daughters.

    If Danny Tanner was your TV dad, you could expect him to embarrass you - a lot. He always thinks that he's the "raddest, baddest" dad in town, but in reality, he's very uncool. He also LOVES a clean house, and will stop at nothing to eliminate all dirt and mess from the home.

    • Series: Full House
    • Actor: Bob Saget
    • Occupation: Television Show Host, Reporter
  • 3
    1,288 VOTES
    Carl Winslow
    Photo: Family Matters / Warner Bros. Television Distribution

    Carl Winslow is a police officer, and the breadwinner of the Winslow family. He's a real man's man, and takes his role as the patriarch very seriously, which often results in him butting heads with his strong, independent wife. The Winslow family is fairly normal on their own, but when the neighbor kid, Steve Urkel, comes around, there's no telling what sort of hijinks will ensue. Urkel is the most annoying of all the annoying neighbors in the world. He's constantly coming up with "inventions" that Carl is often tricked into "testing," resulting in damages and injuries to Carl and his home.   

    If Carl Winslow was your TV dad, you'd never be able to get away with anything - skimpy outfits, underage drinking, sneaking out of the house - forget it! But, as the head of the house, he would always provide for you, love you, and be fair with his judgement.  

    • Series: Family Matters
    • Actor: Reginald VelJohnson
    • Occupation: Police officer, Lieutenant
  • 4
    1,471 VOTES
    Dan Conner
    Photo: Roseanne / ABC

    Dan Connor has the responsibility of putting up with Roseanne every single day, which really shows what a patient and compassionate guy he can be. Dan is a failed drywall contractor, and is always scrambling for employment.

    If Dan was your TV dad, you'd probably be pretty poor, but very happy. He's the most relaxed '90s TV dad out of the bunch, and seems more like one of the kids than the patriarch of the family. His goofy attitude and jovial nature make him really fun to be around. 

    • Series: Roseanne
    • Actor: John Goodman