Best & Worst TV Dads

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5 Best Dads: Andy Taylor
From "The Andy Griffith Show" -- The prototypical single father not only to his son Opie, but also to an entire town, more or less.
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5 Best Dads: Steven Keaton
From "Family Ties" -- Michael Gross's dad stands at the crossroads of '60s liberalism and '80s neo-conservatism, both of which did much to change the role of fathers.
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5 Best Dads: Cliff Huxtable
From "The Cosby Show" -- Bill Cosby was such a cultural father figure, his book on the topic went straight to the top of the bestseller list.
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5 Best Dads: Dan Conner
From "Roseanne" -- A blue-collar force of nature who, with endless good humor, shared the pants in his unforgettable family.
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5 Best Dads: Mitchell and Cameron
From "Modern Family" -- The fact that the two dads played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are gay is one of the least outrageous things about them.
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5 Worst Dads: Al Bundy
From "Married With Children" -- Before he was on "Modern Family," Ed O'Neill was suffering (and vocally) the indignity of being saddled with a wife and kids. Loveable, but a misanthrope through and through.
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5 Worst Dads: Randy Marsh
From "South Park" -- A classic case of ruinous over-parenting, Randy Marsh is quick to teach his son Stan the precise WRONG lesson at any given turn.
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5 Worst Dads: Red Forman
From "That '70s Show" -- The classic type of father who sees himself like a drill sergeant, molding his children through brute force.
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5 Worst Dads: Peter Griffin
From "Family Guy" -- Few TV characters would be convicted by a jury faster than the reprehensible Peter Griffin, regardless of the crime. Possibly the most arrogantly horrible person of all time.
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5 Worst Dads: Frank Reynolds
From "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" -- If Peter Griffin had a human counterpart, it would likely be this selfish, slobbish, abusive patriarch, who isn't satisfied ruining Dee and Dennis Reynolds' lives. He's pretty much set his aim on the entire rest of the world, too.
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5 Tough Calls: Ward Cleaver
From "Leave It To Beaver" -- Hugh Beaumont's dad is loving and quick with the homilies and lessons ... but also cold and remote in that peculiarly Eisenhower-era way.
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5 Tough Calls: Archie Bunker
From "All In The Family" -- A short-fused bigot with a nuclear mouth, few could mistake Carol O'Connor's Archie for a Nobel laureate. But when push came to shove, he was always there for his family. Except the Meathead.
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5 Tough Calls: Danny Tanner
From "Full House" -- He came on like the Mike Brady of the '80s, only by the time Bob Saget's Danny Tanner was teaching his daughters the facts of life, somehow everything Mike Brady stood for just seemed so ... nerdy.
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5 Tough Calls: Homer Simpson
From "The Simpsons" -- I believe Bart put it best: "Dad, I preferred your half-assed under-parenting to your half-assed over-parenting."
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5 Tough Calls: Walter White
From "Breaking Bad" -- Few TV dads could claim they sacrifice more to protect their families. Of course, Walt's irresponsible actions are repeatedly the thing that puts them into danger in the first place.
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