Modern Family

You love them, or perhaps you can’t stand them, but our TV dads are always there for us, ready whenever you need a dose of drama, laughter or even fantasy. Here is my list of the most memorable dads on television:  


1) Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), Little House on the Prairie

2) Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby), The Cosby Show

3) Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), The Andy Griffith Show 

4) Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Full House 

5) Mike Brady (Robert Reed), The Brady Bunch 

6) Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley), Happy Days 

7) Dan Connor (John Goodman), Roseanne 

8) Jim Anderson (Robert Young), Father Knows Best

9) Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray), My Three Sons 

10) Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont), Leave It to Beaver 

Plus, my Modern Family Fab Five: 

Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet)

Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill)

Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell)

Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)

Frank Dunphy (Fred Willard)


Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), All in the Family 

Yes, he loved Gloria, but you can’t have that much rage and parent effectively.

Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller), Seinfeld

See above. Oh, and I’m not convinced he actually loved George.

JR Ewing (Larry Hagman), Dallas 

Two words: control issues

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), The Sopranos

He was too caught up in his own stuff to be a proper father.

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), 24

In his defense, he is saving the world--repeatedly, with almost no help. That’s what his daughter tells her therapist at any rate.


Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), The Simpsons

D'oh! He loves his children. They’re smarter than he is, but he loves them.

Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Breaking Bad

Yes, he’s a meth dealer. Still…

Gomez Addams (John Astin), The Addams Family 

He brings new meaning to laissez-faire parenting.

Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill), Married…with Children 

Ed O’Neill makes the list twice, and for some of the right reasons.

Fred Sanford (Redd Fox), Sanford and Son 

He was a grouch with a junkyard, but he always had time for some no-nonsense advice for Lamont.

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