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TV Dads Who Have Inspired a Generation of All Ages [VIDEO/POLL]


This Father’s Day weekend conjures up all those TV dads of yesteryear. Whether they are the extraordinary fathers, the super smart, or the completely dumb founded clueless father we’ve all come to love something about those TV dads.Here’s a list of the Top 10 TV dads according to

1. Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show: He was a totally committed single father who lived with and raised his son Opie and with their Aunt Bea.

2. Heathcliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show: As the patriarch of the Cosby clan, Cliff Huxtable was the consummate father of his generation.

3. Mike Brady from the Brady Bunch: Architect Mike Brady, played by Robert Reed, headed up his blended family on “The Brady Bunch.”

4. Ray Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond: Ray Barone, the lovable father on Everybody Loves Raymond, is a sportswriter, husband to Debra and father to sons Michael and Geoffrey and his daughter Ally.

5. Howard Cunningham from Happy Days: Played by well-recognized actor Tom Bosley, this TV father owned and operated a hardware store. Howard Cunningham alwys seemed to have time to be a part of his kids’ lives.

6. Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie: Michael Landon was best known as Little Joe Cartright from Bonanza fame. He was full of homespun wisdom and was the pillar of their small farming community.

7. Homer Simpson of The Simpsons: Homer Simpson is the father every father hopes not to emulate. With no particular interest in anything in life except the occasional beer and the not-so-occasional donut.

8. Danny Tanner of Full House: Danny Tanner was played by Bob Saget he was a young widower raising four daughters including the Olsen twins

9. Tim Taylor of Home Improvement: The host of Tool Time on this show, Tim Taylor is the consummate “man’s man.” As a father, Tim is quite unfocused, and his wife Jill totally runs the family.

10. Phil Dunphy of The Modern Family: One of the most committed dads on television in the last few years, Phil Dunphy (played by Ty Burrell) is a consummate family man. He certainly has his moments of cluelessness though.

Here’s a great episode of the Andy Griffith Show.




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