Since I picked the best TV moms for Mother’s Day, it’s only fair I pick the best TV dads for Father’s Day.
My top picks are:
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show
Not only was this a breakthrough show for African-Americans on TV, it featured one great dad. He’s so great, in fact, he’s No. 1 on the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” list by TV Week.
Dr. Huxtable knew how to be tough, but he could always make his kids laugh.
He poked fun at his kids too, especially his son, Theo, including the time when Theo begged to get his ear pierced.
All fun aside, he taught his children how to love and how to grow.
Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis and Joey Gladstone, Full House
With this ’90s sitcom, it was impossible to pick just one of these three “dads.”
Danny was the biological dad, Jesse was the uncle and Joey was the lifelong friend. They all took care of Danny’s three children when his wife died.
Danny needed Joey and Jesse. He needed support.
The trio worked together, balancing each other out.
Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
Phil might not know how to be the best dad, but he tries.
And he tries with flair.
He’s not afraid to be a dork or to be vulnerable.
Plus he wants to help, even if it’s in a quirky way. I would love to have his “Phil’s-osophy” book.
Burt Hummel, Glee
On Glee, it’s crystal clear how much Burt loves his son, Kurt, because of the journey Burt has taken on the show.
Viewers saw him accept his son, who is gay; stand up for his son; and even learn the “Single Ladies” dance as a high school graduation gift.
The scenes Burt and Kurt have together always bring a smile to my face or a tear to my eye.
Other notable fathers include:
Tim Taylor, Home Improvement
Uncle Phil, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Ignacio Suarez, Ugly Betty
Obviously there are many more great TV dads. Let me know your favorites in the comments.
Also, don't forget to tell the father figure in your life how much you appreciate him.