My Top 10 TV Dads

In honor of Father’s Day and great dads everywhere.

10. Henry Warnimont

Show: Punky Brewster
Portrayed by: George Gaynes
Video clip: Punky at the Supermarket

9. Tony Soprano

Show: The Sopranos
Portrayed by: James Gandolfini
Video clip: AJ’s Suicide Attempt

8. Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker

Show: Modern Family
Portrayed by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet
Video clip: Lion King Moment

7. Phillip Banks

Show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Portrayed by: James Avery
Video clip: Will’s Father Leaves 

6. Phil Dunphy

Show: Modern Family
Portrayed by: Ty Burrell
Video clip: We Cool Moment

5. Harold Weir

Show: Freaks and Geeks
Portrayed by: Joe Flaherty
Video clip: He died!

4. Cliff Huxtable

Show: The Cosby Show
Portrayed by: Bill Cosby
Video clip: Let’s Talk Money

3. Alan Matthews

Show: Boy Meets World
Portrayed by: William Daniels
Video clip: Father Knows Less 

2. Steven Keaton

Show: Family Ties
Portrayed by: Michael Gross
Video clip: The Birth of Alex P. Keaton

1. Dan Conner

Show: Roseanne
Portrayed by: John Goodman
Video clip: David vs. Goliath 

Honorable Mentions:
Martin Crane – Frasier
Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis and Joey Gladstone – Full House
Andy Taylor – The Andy Griffith Show
Mike Brady – The Brady Bunch
Ward Cleaver – Leave It to Beaver
Howard Cunningham – Happy Days
Charles Ingalls – Little House of the Prairie


8 thoughts on “My Top 10 TV Dads

  1. Great list, obviously. Surprised there’s no write-ups. Great find on the video clip for Steven Keaton. You misspelled “Frasier”. Just pointing it out so that it can really bother you. I have no problems with the list, although I never watched an episode of “Boy Meets World” so I can’t comment on that one.

    1. Yeah, I wanted to do write-ups but I knew that I was going to writing all night for one of my other jobs and if I didn’t keep it short that this post wouldn’t make it up in time for Father’s Day. I figure the clips are pretty self explanatory. I chose them carefully.
      I really wanted Tony’s curb stomp on Coco for saying sexual things about Meadow for his clip, but I couldn’t find it online.
      I also looked for a couple different specific conversations Dan had with Becky and Darlene, but couldn’t find those either.
      YouTube fail.

      You need to watch an episode of Boy Meets World, dude.
      Doh! Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll be changing it now.

      1. I’ll watch an episode of Boy Meets World just as soon as I put on a training bra, change my name to Jennifer and travel back to 1993.

    1. Yep. It’s a good episode! And since YouTube failed to provide the clips I was looking for, it was this or his masturbation talk with DJ.. 🙂

  2. Oh Mr. Matthews, we all enjoyed your after school special speeches. If you were adding animated characters in, Hank Hill was a pretty upstanding character.

    1. I’m so glad you know Boy Meets World! Honestly, the only reason he isn’t higher is because people are much more familiar with Steven Keaton.
      I never got into King of the Hill, but I saw Hank on a lot of other people’s lists.

      Thanks for reading!

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