Everyone has a favorite TV dad they grew up with – a dad who taught us everything we’d need to know about life each week in under an hour. So in celebration of this time-honored holiday,
we’ve decided to share a list of our top 10 favorite TV dads of all time according to reviews on the internet.
Andy Griffith, The Andy Griffith Show
Andy Griffith may be the most well known single father in all of television. His son Opie was often a challenge for the busy smalltown sheriff. However he always handled every situation with love and used these times as a learning experience that would lead to a positive development in the character of his son.
Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch
One marriage with six children, and only one mom and dad to keep it all together. Mike Brady found a way, making time for all of the children and providing a strong example for their future families.
Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, Home Improvement
Tim Taylor may have had a penchant for injuring himself and others on his show Tool Time, but he also was great at being a dad, had the ability to relate and connect to what was important to his family and wasn’t afraid to admit that sometimes he made mistakes.
Richard Castle, Castle
Castle is the ultimate protective Father who wants to look out for his daughter. He is always interested and involved in his daughter’s life and her decisions. Communication is the key to this relationship but also his ability to ask and accept advice from others whom he trusts including his daughter.
Ward Cleaver, Leaver it to Beaver
Ward Cleaver is the quintessential father figure – stern, caring, hardworking, loving and willing to make jokes when necessary
Cliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show
Bill Cosby’s family is often hilarious while taking on serious life issues. At the end of the day Cliff was a great communicator and always has the best advice and one-liners for any situation.
Carl Winslow, Family Matters
Carl was the father of three children – none of whom were actually Steve Urkel. While Steve was only the next-door neighbor, Mr. Winslow was always there to protect him and give him advice, always making him feel like a part of the family.
Howard Cunningham, Happy Days
Howard Cunningham was everything a father should be: stern but loving, generous but not indulgent, friendly but not his kids’ friend.
Steve Douglas, My Three Sons
Steve Douglas became one of America’s most beloved TV dads. A widower, he raised three boys from adolescence to adulthood, during which time they moved out, married, and had children of their own.
Philip Drummond, Diff’rent Strokes
Wealthy Manhattan widower Philip Drummond promised his dying housekeeper he would raise her sons. Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up.
So who’s on your list of favorite TV dads? We hope our list brought back some fun memories and that you’re enjoying your Father’s Day with family and friends!