While there is certainly no shortage of dad characters on TV, some of them stand out more than others. These fictional fathers proved their love for their TV family time and time again, making them some of the best parental figures to ever grace the small screen. Below, check out five of the best TV dads of all time.
1. Philip Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)
When Will Smith’s life got flip-turned upside down, he never thought he’d find a family in Bel-Air. But his Uncle Phil (James Avery) took the rebellious and energetic teenager under his wing and, over the course of six seasons, helped him become a man. He showed loyal Fresh Prince fans that you don’t have to be someone’s biological father to be considered a father figure; you just need to love, guide, and encourage them.
2. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
It’s not uncommon to hear older generations waxing nostalgic about the good old days when Sheriff Andy Taylor ruled the roost and the town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show. They may be onto something, as the show most certainly paints a portrait of a simpler time. But the lessons of personal responsibility, the importance of honesty and generosity that widowed “Pa” Andy Taylor taught his son Opie still serve as great reminders to us all.