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A Father’s Day List: The Five Greatest TV Dads in The Last Twenty Five Years

11 Jun 2014 – 11:51 AM EDT

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With Father’s Day just around the corner it is time to pay homage to some of the greatest TV dads in recent history. We’ve laughed and cried with these patriarchs and we shared these experiences with our families. Maybe your list would look a little different but there is no denying that these dads are a stellar group. It might be time to revisit some of these favorites this Father’s Day. To begin; one of the greatest television dads in history:

Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

Dr. Huxtable and his wife, Claire, are raising five children in a house as busy as Cliff’s beloved sweaters. His brand of comedy is unmatched but it is devotion to his family that keep us coming back for more. You will be hard pressed to find someone who has not enjoyed the good doctor’s antics at some time or another.Dr. Huxtable: ” I love you, son.”
Theo: ” Yeah, Dad, I know.”
Dr. Huxtable: ” Yeah, and maybe your mother loves you too.”

Dan Connor (Roseanne)

Dan is overworked and underpaid. He and Roseanne raise a working class family with all the real life problems that television can sometimes pretend do not exist. Through some ups and many, many, many downs he stays strong and loyal (except for the bizarre final season, which we’ll pretend didn’t happen). Dan Connor is the kind of dad we can all relate to. Becky’s boyfriend: ” Well, you think you can stop me from seeing Becky, huh?” Dan: ” I think I can stop you from seeing tomorrow.”

Tony Micelli (Who’s the Boss)

“Eh Oh, Oh Eh.” This gender stereotype smashing dad has got to be one of the coolest TV dad’s ever. His endearing, if a bit overprotective, way with his young daughter, Sam, and his domestic skills make him a catch for any family: Tony ” Hey, look, Mrs. Rossini, you’ve got to admit this neighborhood’s falling apart. I mean, look at Samantha. When she starts coming home with black eyes, I think it’s time for me to get out.”Sam: “Hey, that’s because there were three of those guys, Dad. And anyway, I got one guy sneezing out of his ear.

Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)

Probably the funniest dad to ever hit the television screen, Phil Dunphy’s hilarious antics have garnered Modern Family a number of awards. The only award he needs now is: World’s Greatest Dad. “Claire’s a perfectionist, which sometimes is a good thing, like when it comes to picking a husband.”

Louis C.K. (Louis C.K.)

Maybe you’re a little shocked to see Louis C.K. on this list. If you dig a little deeper, past some of the dark humor, you’ll see a dad that always puts his children well ahead of his career and to top it off his quote is one that should be said in every home: “the only time you need to worry about what’s in your neighbor’s bowl is if you’re checking to make sure they have enough.”

However you relate to the dads on this list, I hope you see a little of your own father in their virtues.