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  1. Simply Ridiculous at |

    Good list!!

    1. djc at |

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

  2. SamIAm at |

    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.

  3. Salty Bob at |

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

  4. CB at |

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

  5. CB at |

    d'oh theres bill cosby!

  6. shenlaws at |

    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?

  7. Lauren at |

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

  8. Liz at |

    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?

  9. Jonnie Downing at |

    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!

  10. Liz at |

    How cool is it that my mom gives props?

  11. TopTenz Master at |

    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.

  12. Brandi at |

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

  13. mikw at |

    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.

  14. Jay Po at |

    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.

  15. James at |

    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.

  16. albundy at |

    Al Bundy! best dad ever

  17. loudog at |

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

  18. Liz at |

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

  19. loudog at |

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

  20. Vivek at |

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


  21. Jeff at |

    Red Forman from that 70's show!

  22. Jess at |

    I want 10 9 8 and 6 to be my fathers

  23. Gylo at |

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

  24. Toby at |

    Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza".

    Charles Ingalls from "Little House on the Prairie".

    Carl Winslow from "Family Matters"

    the dad from "Boy Meets World"

  25. notwuti said at |

    what about john ritter? in 8 simple rules..

  26. Marnie at |

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

  27. kellie at |


    im gonna shove my foot up your ass

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

  28. The Blackbird at |

    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).

    1. Zach Gillette at |

      I agree.

  29. paddy at |

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

  30. Tamara at |


  31. Lida at |

    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.

  32. Candy at |

    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!

  33. TruStory at |

    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.

  34. LoLo at |

    Dan Conner on Roseanne.


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