Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In on the Best TV Dads from 1960 to Today

With Father’s Day on the way, it’s time to celebrate all the dad’s in your life – including those who spend most of their time housed in whatever media device is airing your prime-time TV shows.

Last week, we asked you to pick your favorite dads from top TV shows of the last six decades. Take a peek to see if your top pop made the cut. If he did, celebrate his victory by saving and sharing these images across social media!

Let’s start with the ’60s:

This dad of six took the cake with more than a third of the votes. In second place, Andy Griffith of The Andy Griffith Show with 29%, and a close third (27%) was Herman Munster of The Munsters.

Next up…

Eyyy…Mr. Cunningham topped the list for 1970s TV shows, followed closely by George Jefferson (25%), Archie Bunker (21%) and Fred Sanford (17%).


Roseanne’s hubby Dan won the ’80s crowd, beating out Jason Seaver (24%), Tony Micelli (21%), and Steven Keaton (14%).


Tool Time host and friendly neighbor Tim Taylor won over a third of you – could the presence of his TV son JTT have had an influence? (Lots of you voted him your V-Day crush when we asked a few months ago…)

Coming in a supersuperclose second was charming, sweatered morning show host Danny Tanner of Full House (31%), followed by Uncle Phil (24%) of Fresh Prince.


This tough cookie captured the hearts of 28% of the millennium, narrowly edging out Ray Barone (26%) and Alan Matthews (25%). Bernie Mac (15%) and Sandy Cohen (7%) rounded out the last of the 2000s crew.


In no real surprise, kooky-but-adorable Emmy-winning pop Phil Dunphy captured nearly 50% of your hearts. (We get it, he’s both hilarious and loveable, just like most of our actual dads.) Sweet-but-tough Coach Taylor of Friday Night Lights rolled into second place with 17%, followed by Dre Johnson (13%), Louis Huang (11%) and Rogelio de la Vega (10%).


But that’s not all! We also called on you to vote for your favorite #BadDad – the kind of dads we love, but are pretty glad not to have. They have their moments, sure, but they’re best kept on TV.

And your top bad dad was…

Half of you selected the crotchety shoe salesman, followed by Tony Soprano (18%), Frank Reynolds (13%), George Bluth, Sr. (9%) and Don Draper (9%).


Did your favorite TV dad get picked? Which of these pops will you be sharing out on social?

Don’t forget! Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18. Give your pop a hug or a call!

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Linda Campbell

I did not do so well.

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Laurie Kramer

Most of mine made the top. Including Al Bundy!!

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Di

I only remember the older Dads

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Liza

I’m right there with you.

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Laurie Miller

Most of mine made the top. I love Dan Conner.

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Michelle

Yay! Most of mine won.

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Tanya

Most of my favorite dads were picked

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Judy

Loved Mr Cunningham ❣️

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Naomi Harris

Couple a mines were chosen

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Heidi Todd

What a great post.. just remember, bad or good dad is dad.

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genna

where’s Homer Simpson on the bad dad LiSt!? (assuming human actors were only chosen)! But AL Bundy….he def portrayed a good example of a “bad dad on television!!

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genna

LoL

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genna

FuLL House shLd of won(only on my opinion)! Who didn’t Loveeeee big Danny,UNCLE-JeSSe &UnCLe-Joey…?!?!?!?!….!!!!!!!
🙂

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Lorena Murray

Al Bundy is a definite winner!! Grew up with all these dads.

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Amanda

Dan Conner is the best!

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Sarah

Dan Conner! My all time favorite. So excited Roseanne is coming back to tv!

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Eileen Carlson

My favorite TV dad was Robert Young from Father Know Best. We watched it reruns for years.

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Julie Crighton

Yes…I loved Howard Cunningham from Happy Days!

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Lisa

Al Bundy, definitely nailed the ‘Being the Best at Being the Worst’….sweet!

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Lisa

Al Bundy, definitely nailed the “Being the Best at Being the Worst” dads….. sweet!

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Jackie Watson

Of course, my favorite dad of the decad is ” Andy Griffith”.

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Wendy Weil

Couple of mine were picked

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Tamara

Dan Conner ….. my favorite

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Kendra

Al Bundy <3

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