Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?


They’ve been there for us when we’re bored…

They’ve made us laugh…

Sometimes, they’ve shown us their faults or weaknesses…

They’ve come to the rescue in times of need…

They’ve taught us lessons or values in life …

They’ve shown us nurturing and support…

We’ve spent some QUALITY time with their families…

We’ve even looked forward to our weekly visit with them…

I’m talking about our favorite dads from our favorite television shows over the years. Of course, this will vary with individuals  according to your age and what shows you grew up with as well as what you watch currently on TV. But the main focus will be on the TV dads from 50’s TV, 60’s TV, 70’s TV, 80’s TV, 90’s TV and just a little bit into the new millennium (2000’s TV).

With Father’s Day here this weekend, this kind of prompted me to take a look at TV dads over the years, so….. Let’s take a trip back through time and see how many of these TV series you watched faithfully each week anticipating a new adventure with each and every episode. Ironically you’ll find majority of these as “family shows” that the entire family could enjoy together regardless of age. Also a large  majority of these were “sitcoms’ (situation comedies). It’s amazing just how much TV has evolved and changed by today’s standards. I truly miss many of these shows from a bye-gone era. Today is predominately riddled with “reality TV’ with sexual appeal or situations being the dominate factor.

Anyways… I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts :P

Enjoy the Journey Back Through Time!

1950’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1950-1959

Ozzie Nelson as himself from "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)

Danny Thomas as Danny Williams from "Make Room For Daddy" (1953-1964)

Robert Young as Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960)

Gene Evans as Rob McLaughlin from "My Friend Flicka" (1956-1957)

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg from Bachelor Father (1957-1962)

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)

Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin from "Lassie" (1958-1964) Although this series aired from 1954-1973 with several cast changes, my favorite years were the "Timmy & Lassie" years that features the Martin Family as Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart & Jon Provost

Carl Betz as Alex Stone from "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain from "The Rifleman" (1958-1963)

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza" (1959-1973)

Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell from "Dennis The Menace" (1959-1963)

1960’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1960-1969

 

Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)

Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)

Fred Flintstone as himself in "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from" The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)

Don DeFore as George Baxter from "Hazel" (1961-1966)

George Jetson as himself in "The Jetsons" (1962-1963)

William Schallert as Martin Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-1966)

Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks from "Flipper" (1964-1967)

John Astin as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster from "The Munsters" (1964-1966)

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson from "Lost In Space" (1965-1968)

Mark Miller as Jim Nash from "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" (1965-1967)

Brian Keith as Bill Davis (Uncle Bill) in "Family Affair" (1966-1971)

Dennis Weaver as Tom Wedloe from "Gentle Ben" (1967-1969)

Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett from "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" (1969-1972)

Robert Reed as Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)

1970’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1970-1979

Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker from "All In The Family" (1971-1979)

Henry Fonda as Chad Smith from "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)

Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford from "Sanford & Son" (1972-1977)

Ralph Waite as John Walton Sr. from "The Waltons" (1972-1981)

Ronny Cox as George Apple from "Apple's Way" (1974-1975)

Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham (Mr. 'C') from "Happy Days" (1974-1984)

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls from "Little House On The Prairie" (1974-1982)

John Amos as James Evans Sr. from "Good Times" (1974-1979)

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)

James Broderick as Doug Lawrence from "Family" (1976-1980)

Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford from "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981)

Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1985)

1980’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1980-1989

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III from "Silver Spoons" (1982-1987)

George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont from "Punky Brewster" (1984-1986)

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable from" The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

Tony Danza as Tony Micelli from "Who’s The Boss" (1984-1992)

Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver from "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner and John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis from "Full House" (1987-1995)

Paul Reiser as Michael Taylor & Greg Evigan as Joey Harris from "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy from "Married With Children" (1987-1997)

John Goodman as Dan Conner from "Rosanne" (1988-1997)

Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" (1989-1998)

Homer Simpson as himself in "The Simpsons" (1989-present)

1990’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1990-1999

James Avery as Phillip Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1990-1996)

Tim Allen as Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)

William Russ as Alan Matthews from "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

Jeff Foxworthy as himself from "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (1995-1997)

John Lithgow as Dick Solomon from "3rd Rock From The Sun" (1996-2001)

Stephen Collins as Eric Camden from "7th Heaven" (1996-2007)

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone & Ray Ramano as Ray Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Hank Hill as himself in "King of The Hill" (1997-2009)

Kurtwood Smith as Red Foreman from "That 70’s Show" (1998-2006)

Peter Griffin as himself in "Family Guy" (1999-present)

2000’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 2000-2010

Bryan Cranston as Hal from "Malcolm In The Middle" (2000-2006)

Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle from "My Wife & Kids"" (2001-2005)

George Lopez as himself from "George Lopez" (2002-2007)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper & Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from "Two & A Half Men" (2003-present)

Neil Flynn as Mike Heck from "The Middle" (2009-present)

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett from "Modern Family" (2009-present)

Now it’s Your Turn…..

Who are/were your favorite TV Dads?

I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts :P


One Response

  1. Hugh Beaumont – Leave it To Beaver
    Robert Young – Father Knows Best
    Bill Bixby – The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

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