TV Dads We Love

Although kids hate to admit it, everyone needs a good dad joke now and then! These all-star fathers are great for a laugh and so much more. From the stoic wisdom of Ward Cleaver to the quirky charm of Modern Family's Mitch and Cam, our favorite TV dads are full of life lessons and a whole lot of love. So grab your favorite spot on the couch and settle in for a perfect family TV night or Father's Day marathon. For even more memorable on-screen fathers, check out our picks for Best Father-Daughter Movies and Movie Dads.

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

age 3+

Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.

Network: PBS Kids (2012)
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Lily's Driftwood Bay

age 4+

Girl's simple, homegrown adventures celebrate imagination.

Network: Universal Kids (2014)
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The Andy Griffith Show

age 6+

Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.

Network: TV Land (1960)
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Leave It to Beaver

age 6+

Classic '50s sitcom is dated but still appealing.

Network: TV Land (1957)
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The Brady Bunch

age 7+

Oh, my nose! '70s icon is family-friendly fare.

Network: Syndicated (1969)
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Full House

age 7+

Three men and three babies (er, girls).

Network: Nickelodeon (1987)
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Happy Days

age 7+

Aaaaay! Classic feel-good sitcom is hokey but fun.

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Home Improvement

age 7+

Laughs and lessons abound in whole-family sitcom.

Network: Syndicated (1991)
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Little House on the Prairie

age 7+

Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.

Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated (1974)
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Family Ties

age 11+

Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.

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Growing Pains

age 8+

'80s favorite offers laughs and life lessons.

Network: ION, Nickelodeon, Syndicated (1985)
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Diff'rent Strokes

age 10+

Classic series with a sense of humor tackles racial issues.

Network: NBC, ABC (1978)
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Fresh Off the Boat

age 12+

Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.

Network: ABC (2015)
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Black-ish

age 11+

Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.

Network: ABC (2014)
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

age 11+

Good-natured sitcom that the family can enjoy together.

Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated, TeenNick (1990)
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King of the Hill

age 13+

Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes.

Network: Fox, FX, Syndicated (1997)
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Modern Family

age 13+

Poignant comedy series has mature content, stereotypes.

Network: ABC (2009)
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Falling Skies

age 14+

Earnest alien drama gets hostile but holds back on gore.

Network: TNT (2011)
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Friday Night Lights

age 14+

Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.

Network: Freeform, NBC (2006)
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