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 TV Poster Image
Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.
Network: PBS Kids
(2012)
(2012)
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Lily's Driftwood Bay TV Poster Image
Girl's simple, homegrown adventures celebrate imagination.
Network: Sprout
(2014)
(2014)
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The Andy Griffith Show TV Poster Image
Cheery classic has positive, kid-friendly lessons.
Network: TV Land
(2005)
(1960)
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Leave It to Beaver TV Poster Image
Classic '50s sitcom is dated but still appealing.
Network: TV Land
(2004)
(1957)
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The Brady Bunch TV Poster Image
Oh, my nose! '70s icon is family-friendly fare.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1969)
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Full House TV Poster Image
Three men and three babies (er, girls).
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(1987)
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Happy Days TV Poster Image
Aaaaay! Classic feel-good sitcom is hokey but fun.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(2005)
(1974)
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Home Improvement TV Poster Image
Laughs and lessons abound in whole-family sitcom.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1991)
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Little House on the Prairie TV Poster Image
Classic pioneer drama is one for the books.
Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
(2005)
(1974)
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Family Ties TV Poster Image
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(2007)
(1982)
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Growing Pains TV Poster Image
'80s favorite offers laughs and life lessons.
Network: ION, Nickelodeon, Syndicated
(2006)
(1985)
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Diff'rent Strokes TV Poster Image
Classic series with a sense of humor tackles racial issues.
Network: NBC, ABC
(2008)
(1978)
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Fresh Off the Boat TV Poster Image
Fierce memoir about Asian family makes fresh, sweet sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Black-ish TV Poster Image
Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
(2014)
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air TV Poster Image
Good-natured sitcom that the family can enjoy together.
Network: Nickelodeon, Syndicated, TeenNick
(2005)
(1990)
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King of the Hill TV Poster Image
Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes.
Network: Fox, FX, Syndicated
(2004)
(1997)
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Modern Family TV Poster Image
Brilliant, poignant comedy series has mature content.
Network: ABC
(2009)
(2009)
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Falling Skies TV Poster Image
Earnest alien drama gets hostile but holds back on gore.
Network: TNT
(2011)
(2011)
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Friday Night Lights TV Poster Image
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
Network: Freeform, NBC
(2006)
(2006)
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