Happy Father’s Day To Our Favorite TV Dads

There's nothing quite like a strong father figure on a TV show. He can solve any problem in 22 minutes. He invites a boy from Chino who he met in juvie into his home, and his family becomes complete. He tells his kids a long, confusing story about how he met their mother. He leads an underdog football team to state championships, and then relocates to Pennsylvania so his wife can pursue her dreams. Through it all, he's got everyone's back — even when he may be doubting himself.

This Father's Day, we're celebrating the TV dads who have always been there. From the wise to the wise-cracking, these proud pops were always on-hand to help their loved ones with whatever life threw at them. If they were real people, we'd present all of them with cheesy ties in honor of the occasion. Instead, let's all have an imaginary burger from Bob's to celebrate these fine fictional fathers.

Jack Pearson, This Is Us

The father to triplets Kate, Randall, and Kevin keeps his family united through abundant acts of generosity and kindness.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Danny Tanner, Full House
There was no problem he couldn’t solve with a "very special talk" set to soft, comforting music at the end of a 22-minute episode.
Photo: Courtesy of FOX.
Sandy Cohen, The O.C.
Our number-one pick of fictional fathers with whom we’d like to share a bagel and schmear.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Philip Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It took a great patriarch to put up with Will, Carlton, Hilary, Ashley, and Nicky ... can't forget about Nicky (we absolutely forget about Nicky every time).
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Ray Campbell, Sister, Sister
Doting dad to Tia and Tamera; far less patient and supportive when it came to Roger and Lisa.
Photo: Courtesy of CBS.
Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver
The original wisdom-dispensing suburban dad.
Photo: Courtesy of CBS.
Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
He loved his kids so much that he kept them in a basement for nine seasons telling them the story of how he met their mother. What a guy!
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Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
“I’ve always said that if my son thinks of me as one of his idiot friends, I’ve succeeded as a dad.” — Phil Dunphy. Words to live by.
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Ned Stark, Game of Thrones
It's too bad the wolves of the once-powerful Stark clan, seem to be falling into the same misfortune of their father.
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Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
Sure he passes out at Moe’s some nights, but think about all of the good he’s done for his wife and kids over the years. This is the same dad who brought home Santa’s Little Helper, and jumped the Springfield Gorge so Bart didn’t have to.
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Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch
He was busy with three boys of his own when he met a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. You know the rest of the story.
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Keith Mars, Veronica Mars
He taught his daughter that she could be anything she wanted, including a badass super-sleuth teen.
Photo: Jordin Althaus / ABC.
Louis Huang, Fresh Off the Boat
Raise your hand if you also want to live in Orlando with Louis and Jessica and work at Cattleman's Ranch (which is not a ripoff of the Golden Saddle).
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Tim Taylor, Home Improvement
When he didn't have the answers to life's important questions, he could always head to the fence to get them from his neighbor, Wilson.
Photo: KC Bailey/FX.
Louis C.K., Louie
If you ever need evidence of Louis' commitment to his daughters' happiness, just watch season five's "Sleepover" episode.
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Jake Jagielski, One Tree Hill
Remember how he tried to hide his daughter, but Jake was such a proud and loving father that he eventually came clean and brought Jenny to Karen's Café? Ah, teen drama on The CW.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Paul Hennessy, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
As long as you followed the aforementioned number of statutes for engaging in a relationship with his offspring, he was a pretty easygoing guy.
Photo: Courtesy of CBS.
George Jefferson, The Jeffersons
Sing it with me: "Well, we're movin' on up, to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky."
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Howard Cunningham, Happy Days
Sunday, Monday: Happy Days... While we’re at it, let’s just say that on this show, all days that ended in “y” were happy days thanks to the Cunningham parental units.
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Burt Hummel, Glee
[Cries thinking about every scene between Burt and Kurt.]
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Carl Winslow, Family Matters
While this cop pop never failed to protect his family from the outside world, escaping Steve Urkel was another story, though.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Charles Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie
This "Pa" never ceased to teach the complex lessons learned from living on the prairie, to his children.
Photo: Courtesy of FOX.
Bob Belcher, Bob's Burgers
He raised Tina, Gene, and Louise. Clearly, he’s doing everything right.
Photo: Tony Rivetti / ABC.
Andre Johnson, Black-ish
He's on a mission to teach his kids important things like "the nod" and the "face scrunch."
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Adam Braverman, Parenthood
He basically held his extended family together and supported his wife’s dream of opening a charter school. Solid as a rock, that one.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
Alan Matthews, Boy Meets World
He was a great dad to Eric and Cory, although we were worried about Morgan for a few seasons in the middle there.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
George Jetson, The Jetsons
Meet George Jetson... just a regular dude who lives with his family in outer space.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC.
George Lopez, George Lopez
A fiercely loyal family man who wasn't above madcap hijinks when the situation called for them.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights
He raised two daughters and countless sons. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose (when you've got Coach Taylor at your side).
Photo: Peter “Hopper” Stone/ABC.
Mitch & Cam, Modern Family
These two dads just balance each other (and Lily) out so well.
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Jack Geller, Friends
Always so supportive of his little Harmonica and the Ross-a-Tron — except for when Ross asks for help during Hide and Seek. You can't ask for help, Ross. That's cheating. Don't put your dad in that position.
Photo: Courtesy of Comedy Central.
Randy Marsh, South Park
Possibly the best part of South Park. Also, in a very surprising recent turn of events, Randy Marsh was revealed to be Lorde. Once again, that's Randy Marsh: Stan's dad, geologist, and musical prodigy who goes by the name of Lorde. (For the record, the real Lorde was flattered by the revelation.)
Photo: Courtesy of FOX.
Hal Wilkerson, Malcolm in the Middle
Before he broke bad as one of TV's worst dads, Bryan Cranston was the hapless and lovable head of Malcolm's clan on this classic FOX sitcom.
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