Nostalgia 12 of the Best '90s TV Dads  

Ariel Kana
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List Rules 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, 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.   

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Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 of the Best '90s TV Dads
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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

Also Ranked

#3 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

#42 on Fictional Lawyers You'd Most Want Defending You

#3 on The Greatest Jovial Fat Guys in TV History

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Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 of the Best '90s TV Dads
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Tim "The Toolman" Taylor is the host of a popular cable access channel called Tool Time. He's the quintessential American male, and loves cars, sports, women, and of course, power tools. His wife, Jill, and his three kids put up with all of his relentless jokes, hi jinx, and shenanigans, but Tim also knows when to reign it in and be serious. Although his job is to explain how to use power tools to the common man, he often finds himself getting into trouble when he misuses the power tools demonstrated on his own show.  

If Tim was your TV dad, you could expect a constant stream of hilarious jokes and misadventures. He might not be able to restore your bicycle to working order, or fix the dishwasher without a hassle, but he's got a great sense of humor, and a deep love for his family. 

Series: Home Improvement

Actor: Tim Allen

Occupation: Inventor

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#18 on The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

#66 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#2 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

#38 on TV Husbands Whose Wives Should Have Divorced Them

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Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 of the Best '90s TV Dads
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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

Also Ranked

#35 on The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

#15 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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Dan Conner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 of the Best '90s TV Dads
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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

Also Ranked

#80 on The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

#68 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#8 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

#6 on The Greatest Jovial Fat Guys in TV History

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