Top Ten TV Dads

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The Top Ten

1 Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby)

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This Cosby Show dad inspired many of us and his humorous way of parenting the girls and Theo made for one terrific show- The episode with Theo and the earring still sticks in my head, Heathcliff handled it brilliantly. - jkufs

Its an oLd show and oLd man... But that quys funny America Liked him =)) - rebeLLious

2 Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

"I am so smart, S-M-R-T! " Classic Homer quote! Should be number #1. Lisa is even smarter then him and Marge acts like his mom. Long live Homer!

He's not too smart (his 8-year-old daughter is smarter than he is, for God's sakes) but his heart is in the right place and he's a sweet man.

I like my beers cold, my T.V. loud and my homosexuals flaming.

The funnies and dumbest dad - Ajkloth

3 Philip Banks (James Avery)
4 Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith)

There is something very familiar about this dad. Kirkwood Smith had to, at least once an episode, give a new and different line reading to the almost infamous threat, "foot up your... ". A tough and decent father, weary of his son's follies but never gave up on him. -

5 Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) Danny Tanner (Bob Saget)
6 Carl Winslow (Reginald Veljohnson)

He's iconic! How was he not on the list already? - DaWyteNight

7 Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell)
8 Paul Hennessy (John Ritter)
9 Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith)

The Andy Griffith Show star was selfless and steady. I just love the relationship he had with little Ron Howard (Opie) and the love he gave him. Other dads should model Sheriff Taylor's dad decisions in the show. He was always on the side of justice and logic and provided Opie with more than enough love to make up for the loss of Opie's mom. - jkufs

he was always a great father to opie. - jwileson

10 Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke)

This Growing Pains dad is very underrated. A psychiatrist on the show, he was a wonderful giver of advice to Mike, Carol, and Ben. Then they had Chrissy and we saw his skills with a baby. They even took in Leo DiCaprio as a stray teen! He became a stay at home dad when Maggie went to work on the newspaper, a very selfless man. - jkufs

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11 Dan Conner (John Goodman)

Roseanne star dad was a real guy, rugged, blue collar, handy, sometimes even unemployed. How he put up with Roseanne is beyond me, but he was a warm and sweet but sometimes hostile listener to Becky, Darlene, DJ, and the baby. His heart attack in the final season was a tear-jerker. - jkufs

12 Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill)
13 Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby)
14 Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon)

Little House on the Prairie star was one of the best television dads ever. God rest his soul, this was the second of three major television rolls for Landon (Little Joe in Bonanza and Jonathan in Highway to Heaven) and all three are favorites of mine. This is his only one as a dad, and his was five star. How he dealt with troubling financial times in the late 19th Century were stand up and admirable. He was in many ways the perfect father. Dealing with Mary's blindness and his playful way with "Half-Pint" Laura- along with his even taking in orphans and loving them like his own- Charles was the best! Strict but compassionate and always doing what was not the easiest, but the RIGHT decisions. - jkufs

Landon also did Sam's Son, a coming of age made for television film, in 1982. I have the Avon re-print on VHS which had the Worldvision Home Video logo intact. - playstationfan66

15 Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) Peter Griffin is the main protagonist and titular character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy.

Peter Griffin is an idiot - DaWyteNight

In the early seasons he was a loveable idiot, now he's just an idiot. - DaWyteNight

16 Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene)

Bonanza dad is the best dad in television history, period. Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe had it made. This guy lost three wives to death but he overcame those personal tragedies to become the richest man in the Nevada Territory. It was all done with his own sweat and perseverance, the Horatio Alger-like American Dream. His tough but unwavering love for the three boys is the core of what made Bonanza the top-rated American television show of the 1960's and early 1970's. - jkufs

17 Mike Brady (Robert Reed)
18 Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain)
19 Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley)

The Happy Days dad was everything a TV dad should be- tough, frugal, soft but fair, hard-working, and funny. He even warmed up to the idea of the Fonz living upstairs. Richie and Joanie could always count on Mr. C whenever they need advice. - jkufs

20 Tim Taylor (Tim Allen)
21 Randy Marsh (Trey Parker) Randy Marsh (Trey Parker)
22 Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray)
23 Michael Kyle (Damon Wayans)
24 Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont)

Leave it To Beaver dad was a bit strict and lived in the quintessential 1950's household but it fit the generation perfectly. "Wait until your father gets home" was a familiar phrase from his sweet wife June. Beaver and Wally always leaned on him for tough but necessary answers, especially when the Beaver messed up. - jkufs

25 Steven Keaton (Michael Gross)

Family Ties dad was a little bit too hippie for my taste but he was a needed balance to the conservative character Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) on this hit 1980's classic. Mallory, Jennifer, and Alex could have done much worse. A side note, I once watched the July 4th Fireworks in my hometown of Auburn, New York on a blanket with him and shared some McDonald's fries. I was like nine years old and he was a really nice guy! - jkufs

26 Jim Anderson (Robert Young)
27 Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse)

Beverly Hills 90210 dad was always kind and considerate to Brenda and Brandon and filled with good advice. Moving his family from Minnesota to ritzy Beverly Hills was a bit selfish but they couldn't have had a show - jkufs

28 Fred Flintstone (Alan Reed)
29 Jerry Smith (Chris Parnell)
30 Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) Theodore Evelyn Mosby is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the U.S. television sitcom How I Met Your Mother, portrayed by Josh Radnor.
31 Walter White (Bryan Cranston) Walter White (Bryan Cranston) Walter "Walt" Hartwell White Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Breaking Bad, portrayed by Bryan Cranston.
32 Cosmo (Daran Norris)
33 Bob Duncan (Eric Allan Kramer)
34 John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
35 Barney Rubble (Mel Blanc) Barney Rubble (Mel Blanc) Bernard "Barney" Rubble is a cartoon character who appears in the television animated series The Flintstones.
36 Early Cuyler (Unknown Hinson)
37 George Jetson (George O'Hanlon) George Jetson (George O'Hanlon) George J. Jetson is a fictional character from the animated television series The Jetsons. He is the father of the Jetson family.
38 Cosmo Spacely (Mel Blanc)
39 Mr. Cake (Brian Drummond)
40 Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry)
41 Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)
42 Frank Lambert (Patrick Duffy)
43 Roger Baxter (Michael Kopsa)
44 Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck)
45 Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire)
46 Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) Anthony John Soprano is a fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos, portrayed by James Gandolfini.
47 Ned Stark (Sean Bean)
48 George Lopez (George Lopez)
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta)
2. Randy Marsh (Trey Parker)
3. Jerry Smith (Chris Parnell)
1. Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane)
2. Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry)
3. Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta)
1. Carl Winslow (Reginald Veljohnson)
2. Paul Hennessy (John Ritter)
3. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby)

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