Top Ten TV Dads

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The Top Ten
1 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.

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 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!

2 Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby)

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.

3 Danny Tanner (Bob Saget)
4 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.

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.

5 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.

If you don't put him in your remix, he'll put his foot in your ass!

6 Carl Winslow (Reginald Veljohnson)

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

7 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.

8 Bob Duncan (Eric Allan Kramer)
9 Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell)
10 Paul Hennessy (John Ritter)

The Newcomers

? Albert Solomon (The Goldbergs)
? Ben Goldberg (The Goldbergs)
The Contenders
11 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.

12 Philip Banks (James Avery)
13 Cosmo (Daran Norris)
14 Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain)
15 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.

16 Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) Peter Griffin is the main protagonist and titular character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy.
17 Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) Al Bundy is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the American television series Married... with Children, played by Ed O'Neill.
18 Tim Taylor (Tim Allen)
19 George Lopez (George Lopez)
20 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.

21 Mike Brady (Robert Reed)
22 Hugh Neutron (Mark DeCarlo)
23 Randy Marsh (Trey Parker) Randy Marsh is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park. He is the son of Marvin and Grandma Marsh, the half-brother of Jimbo Kern, the husband of Sharon, and the father of Stan and Shelly. He first appeared in the Season One episode, "Volcano", and is voiced by Trey Parker. ...read more.
24 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.

25 Michael Kyle (Damon Wayans)
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