Some of this character raised most of us through the TV, and even demonstrated some wonderful parental traits worth emulating in real life. (Photo: Release)
It’s settled. Jack Pearson, flawlessly portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia is the greatest dad we’ve seen on TV. A selfless provider who loves his family without condition, full of witty one-lines and bumper sticker worthy life lesson. (Photo: Release)
Bob Saget played the wholesome dad to a trio of iconic TV daughter on “Full House” as Danny Tanner. Despite his signature dad jokes, the widower always ended every episode with a family-friendly life lesson. (Photo: Release)
Phil Dunphy is a self-proclaimed “cool dad” to Haley, Alex, and Luke. He likes to likes to engage in “peerenting,” acting like a parent but talking like a peer. He may be best known for his aloof, oblivious demeanor, but also as a loving dad. (Photo: Release)
Despite his temper, Phillip Banks, known simply as “Uncle Phil,” often let his love for his children and the Fresh Prince, whom we basically love liked his own, get in his way. Especially when he allowed his daughters to empty his bank account on shopping sprees. (Photo: Release)
Rogelio de la Vega didn’t even know his daughter existed until she was already in her 20’s, but he’s been making up for the lost time ever since helping to plan her dream wedding, allowing her to shadow his show’s writing staff and introducing her to Charo. (Photo: Release)
Long before “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston played Hal Wilkerson, the presiding dad over a brood of unruly boys—although most of the time Hal acted like the sixth kid himself, making him one of the most fun dads ever. Poor Lois! (Photo: Release)
Bob Belcher pretended to be trapped inside a wall for days in order to avoid seeing his mother-in-law. One of the greatest dad moves in television history. It set the tone for a comedy that remains one of the television’s best written. (Photo: Release)
Burt Hummel is a working-class guy who overcame what must have been a lifetime of casual conversational gay-bashing to fully accept his son Kurt’s sexuality. Burt proved that being a good parent also means learning from your child. (Photo: Release)
Making Eleven eat dinner before her Eggo. Cooking her breakfast while trying to why she can’t go trick-or-treating. Tearing up when he is reunited with his non-biological child. Breaking his diet after finding out he’s Eleven’s legal guardian. Jim Hopper is this fictional town! (Photo: Release)
Despite the fact that Robert, Earl of Grantham, wanted a son, (hey! he needed a son to inherit the estate) he deeply loved his three daughters. Though the Crawley girls made plenty mistakes along the way, he was always supportive and forgiving. (Photo: Release)
Walter White, Tywin Lannister, Don Draper, George Bluth, Tony Soprano… the list goes on and on. There are plenty questionable, not-so-good, nearly evil dad on TV. And while they positively make our shows much more entertaining, they also make us appreciate the few good-hearted fellas who actually care about their family.
We all wanted Hal to teach us how to roller-skate our way through life. We all wished Phil could enlighten our minds with a bit of Phil-osophy. We certainly all dreamed of singing the “Big Three” chant with Jack. Some of this character raised most of us through the TV, and even demonstrated some wonderful parental traits worth emulating in real life.
For Mother’s Day, we listed some of the best fictional moms to ever grace the small screen. So it was only fitting that we’d bestow the same honor to television dads, in celebration of their own special day. Happy Father’s Day!