A couple of years ago we did a Ten On Tuesday topic on great TV moms in honor of Mother’s Day. I decided to include the dads this year, so our topic for this week is the 10 Best TV Dads. These are in my opinion, of course, and your mileage may vary.
- Charles Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie. I wanted him to be my dad. He was kind and understanding. And handsome, too.
- Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show. Who had more compassion than this dad? No one, that’s who.
- Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch. The only steps in this house are the ones going upstairs. My favorite line ever from that show.
- Steven Keaton, Family Ties. Funny and smart and geeky, all rolled into one make for a great dad.
- Ward Cleaver, Leave It To Beaver. Serious and firm, a good disciplinarian, the kind of dad you’d want to have on your side. And he never fell for Eddie Haskell’s bull.
- Howard Cunningham, Happy Days. Cute and loyal and totally in love with Marion. Howard, are you getting frisky? Everybody wants a dad who loves their mom.
- John Walton, The Waltons. A dad of the depression, this guy would always make you feel safe.
- Jim Anderson, Father Knows Best. Similar to Ward Cleaver, strict and serious, with a soft spot for his girls.
- Zeek Braverman, Parenthood. This dad. Oh, this dad reminds me of Dale and how he is with our kids. Loving and dependable and a bit of a rebel. A dad who loves his kids and his grandkids and just wants to be surrounded by them always.
- Bill Davis, Family Affair. So, Bill was technically an uncle and the dynamics between him and Mr. French were a little avant garde but this guy became a great day under unusual circumstances. Buffy and Jody and Cissy couldn’t have done any better.
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