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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

-- By Jefferson Reid

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Red Forman. Period.

August 15 2013 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why is James Evans ("Good Times") never mentioned. A poor, uneducated black man raising his three kids in the ghetto to be successful (and college-educated in the cases of "Thelma" and "Michael"), sticking by his wife no matter what, protecting his family against the ills of lower-class urban life, and maintaining a sense of humor while never making excuses deserves to be at the top of the list in my book.

Sure, sometimes he yelled too much; but his strength of character, perseverance and commitment to providing for and protecting his family were unquestioned. James Evans bucked the stereotype of the absentee black father. In many ways, the Evans family was the prototypical television family, albeit in stark contrast to the Cosbys.

February 01 2013 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ward Cleaver? yes.
Robert Young
Ozzie Nelson
Ricky Ricardo
Andy Griffin
to name a few

October 21 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gayle Ferguson

What about "My Three Sons" dad played by Fred MacMurray?

October 21 2010 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As usual, we confuse Most Memorable with Best. I would agree that a lot of those dads were memorable, but I would certainly not call a few of them the best.

Homer Simpson has to repeatedly learn to value his children and, even then, rarely does. Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle" clearly inspired his sons in an undesirable way. Let's not even get into why the criminal is on this list.

October 21 2010 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gotta go with the "Little House On The Prairie" dad. He was the best to his kids:)

October 21 2010 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scot clooney

Bill Browns got only one to get it right. By far the most famous and the best was Ozzie Nelson.

October 20 2010 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill Brown

You are missing the BEST Ozzie Nelson

October 20 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Greatest TV Dads? What's so great about Homer Simpson? The inclusion of a cartoon character on this list denegrates the fine work the real life actors put into their roles. Surely there must have been another actor to include on this list. What about Bill Bixby? I have several other real actors in min d who deserved a spot on this list more than a cartoon character.

October 20 2010 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave Jones

Bill Bixby awesome guy/dad. I wish Courtship of Eddie's Father was on DVD.

October 19 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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