The dad has always been a central figure of the American sitcom, but only a rare few manage to stand out and become iconic. Which TV dads were the best ever to grace the small screen…and which were really the worst?
World’s Greatest Dad
TV dads are special. They teach us the hard lessons. They help us through those rough patches. They make us laugh all the time. And they do it all from a screen in the middle of the room. You don’t even have to get off the couch to enjoy their wisdom. But of these TV dads, a handful have managed to become the best .
Tim Taylor: In many ways, Tim Taylor is everyone’s dad. He was played by Tim Allen, comedian and star of ” Home Improvement .” The series was on the air from 1991 to 1998, and in that time Tim “the Toolman” Taylor became a household name. He was a fun dad who got his sons involved with his projects. And though many of those projects were both bizarre and ill-fated, Tim was always there for his boys. That’s the mark of a great dad.
Tony Micelli: Tony Micelli made everyone laugh on ” Who’s the Boss ?” from 1984 to 1992. Tony was heart-warming as a single father to his growing teen daughter. He also served as a father figure to someone else’s kid, which makes him a great example of a great dad.
Andy Taylor: Sheriff Andy Taylor was a working, single dad way before that became trendy. He was the central figure of ” The Andy Griffith Show ,” which ran from 1960 to 1968. In-between keeping law and order and dealing with his bumbling deputy (Don Knotts), Andy parented adorable Opie (Ron Howard) beautifully.
Cliff Huxtable: Bill Cosby was unforgettable as the star of ” The Cosby Show ,” where he played Best Dad Ever Cliff Huxtable. Cliff was around all the time to parent his kids even though he had a demanding job as a doctor. He was also the most fun at the slumber party, and handily resolved the arguments that frequently erupted among his 5 kids.
Spend Father’s Day this year with some of TV’s greatest dads. They won’t even expect you to get them a necktie.