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  • Simply Ridiculous

    Good list!!

    • djc

      What about Alan Matthews (William Russ) from Boy Meets World???

  • SamIAm

    Great list! Especially #'s 1 and 10. Rick Castle is funny and lovable in a unique way (plus quite adorable for us older women), but you can tell how much he loves his daughter. But hands down, Andy Taylor is still the best dad ever. Always just the right amount of punishment and fun-loving…maybe it should be required watching for new parents.

  • Salty Bob

    "Ward, weren't you a little hard on The Beaver last night?"

  • CB

    i guess the author was going for best PG rated dads. no bill cosby? no archie bunker?

  • CB

    d'oh theres bill cosby!

  • shenlaws

    I would have had a hard time choosing between Heathcliff Huxtable and Andy Taylor, in fact, I probably would have had them in a tie! Archie Bunker wasn't an exceptionally great father, I mean, I loved the character but he was not very positive towards Gloria, now was he?

    In the also-ran category: Tony Danza, Who's the Boss?

  • Mmmm, have to go with Cosby. He cracked me up fer several years.

  • Liz

    Tony Danza is totally an also-ran, as is Michael Seaver from Growning Pains and Whats-His-Name Keaton from Family Ties. Eighties shows – another list for the future?

  • Jonnie Downing

    What a great, concise list of dads! I totally approve of Rick Castle, I think he plays a great dad! Heathcliff Huxtable as #2 is also right on the mark and Andy Taylor as #1 is a great choice! Well done!

  • Liz

    How cool is it that my mom gives props?

  • Andy Griffith was a great TV dad and surrogate father to many a latchkey kid through reruns. Excellent #1 TV Dad!

    Stephen Keaton from Family Ties would have been a nice addition, agreed.

  • Brandi

    I know it hasn't been on quite as long… but where is Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights?!

  • mikw

    Great list, but what about Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) from Growing Pains?? He's the 1st one to pop into my head when I think of the best TV dad.

    I'm surprised you didn't include Tim the Toolman Taylor, & thrilled you didn't include the dad from Blossom , yuck.

  • Jay Po

    Homer Simpson? How about the 2 dads from My Two Dads? They both agreed to raise the girl together without knowing who;s kid it was. That is actually creepy.

  • James

    Tony Danza on who's the boss was a moron that made people think anyone of Italian heritage had an IQ of 3. Keaton and Thicke were wimps of the highest order.

    Ward Cleaver was the coolest. He liked guns and hunting, had power tools in his garage and wasn't portrayed as a bumbling twit like so many tv dads are now and Sheriff Taylor is absolutely #1.

    And the

    “Ward, weren’t you a little hard on The Beaver last night?”

    should be added to the dead horse joke hall of fame.

  • albundy

    Al Bundy! best dad ever

  • loudog

    Seeley Booth over Jack Arnold from The Wonder Years?!?!

  • Liz

    While Homer Simpson, Al Bundy, and Jack Arnold were ICONIC dads, I don't think that automatically makes them GOOD dads.

  • loudog

    Jack Arnold was a good dad. Certainly a cut above the likes of Al Bundy and Homer Simpson.

  • Vivek

    Red Forman from 'That '70s Show'. He simply great.


  • Jeff

    Red Forman from that 70's show!

  • Jess

    I want 10 9 8 and 6 to be my fathers

  • Gylo

    I think Maxwell Sheffield from The Nanny also deserves to be on the list!

  • Toby

    Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza".

    Charles Ingalls from "Little House on the Prairie".

    Carl Winslow from "Family Matters"

    the dad from "Boy Meets World"

  • notwuti said

    what about john ritter? in 8 simple rules..

  • Marnie

    I think Keith Mars from "Veronica Mars" should be on the list, too.

  • kellie


    im gonna shove my foot up your ass

    so wheres red foremen? clearly anything from that 70s show is the best

  • The Blackbird

    This list sucks. Why are they all goody-two-shoes dads? My top three would be Al Bundy (Married with Children), Archie Bunker (All in the Family) and Homer Simpson (The Simpsons).

    • Zach Gillette

      I agree.

  • paddy

    jack geller from friends should be here as well… (: he's so funny (:

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  • Lida

    Fred McMurray, My three sons: He adopted the youngest son ernie, and continue to let his oldest son, Robbie and daughter-in-law and the triplets live with him. Great dad. Also, Family Affair, Uncle Bill raised his brother’s orphaned twin children Buffy and Jodie. That made him a great dad.

  • Candy

    What about Little House on the Prairie’s Charles Ingalls? He was the best father by far…. he guided his children with love, strength, and compassion. In fact he was a leader and moral compass for nearly everyone on the show, and not in an overbearing way. He was amazing!

    And Deep Space Nine’s Benjamin Sisko. He was amazing with Jake. Old fashioned values in the new frontier. Love him!

  • TruStory

    I think Uncle Phil was a damn good dad too. Lawyer to judge and being the father to Will when his own didnt want’em.

  • LoLo

    Dan Conner on Roseanne.