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Most Memorable TV Dads

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We've compiled a list of our top 10 favorite fictional dads. When we watched them, we knew they were fictional ... yet that didn't stop us from wishing they were our dads (or vowing to marry someone just like them someday). Did your favorite TV dad make the list?

Most Memorable TV Dads

Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy (1957-1963)

No one can forget the episode when Ricky became a dad and Little Ricky hit the scene. Let's face it, although Lucy had her positives, at the end of the day she was a handful and Ricky embraced everything about her and loved both her and Little Ricky unconditionally. You may be surprised to know....


Arnaz passed away in 1986, but his forward thinking will never be forgotten. He was the one who convinced the network to show Lucille Ball while she was pregnant, breaking a CBS ban on featuring expectant mom characters on TV.

Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch (1969 - 1974)

It's hard to forget Robert Reed's portrayal of the quintessential (upper) middle class dad. The handsome dad of six came fully-equipped with an in-home office, hot wife, tight turtlenecks and bell bottoms. You may be surprised to learn...

Robert Reed

Robert Reed had a Shakespearean acting background before landing the role. In one of the last interviews before his death in 1992 of AIDS, he admitted he was embarrassed by his role on the show. He was written out of the final episode due to his disapproval of the script in which Greg's hair turns orange as a result of a cheap hair tonic.

Archie Bunker in All in the Family (1971-1979)

Although Carroll O'Connor's portrayal of Archie was rough around the edges, and he was relentless in his continued criticism of his son-in-law (aka Meathead), there's no denying the love he had for Edith and daughter Gloria. There was not a dry eye in America the night the episode aired when Archie lost his beloved wife. You might be surprised to know...

Carroll O'Connor

He was among the actors considered for the roles of The Skipper on Gilligan's Island.

Philip Drummond, Different Strokes (1978 - 1986)

It was impossible not to fall in love with Conrad Bain's character who adopted the children his maid left behind when she died. You may be surprised to learn...

Conrad Bain

Bain was 55 years old when he began his stint on the show. He has a twin brother named Bonar.

Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable, The Cosby Show (1984-1992)

Bill Cosby created and played this hilarious father who wore ridiculous sweaters, delivered babies, had a lawyer wife, perfect kids and helped break racial stereotypes. At its peak, the show brought in over 70 million viewers an episode. You may be surprised to learn...

Bill Cosby

Cosby was the first black performer to win an Emmy when he was awarded for I Spy in 1965. All of his kids' names start with an "E" for excellence. He recently became a vegetarian.

Tony Micelli in Who's The Boss? (1984-1992)

Tony Danza played Tony Micelli, and it was beyond apparent that Tony was the boss. And who can blame Angela? Not only did he have six-pack abs, he also raised Jonathan as his own. And let's not forget that he is the only guy who ever made vacuuming totally sexy. You might be surprised to know...

Tony Danza

Danza is very interested in American history and politics. He stumped for Barack Obama during the primaries.

Jason Seaver, Growing Pains (1985 - 1992)

Alan Thicke played this work-at-home father who is every kid's (and wife's) nightmare - a shrink! Invested, funny, cool and he also had a hot son, Mike. You may be surprised to learn...

Alan Thicke

Thicke composed the original theme for Wheel Of Fortune in 1975 and wrote and sang the theme for Different Strokes in 1978. When he was 40, he dated 17-year-old actress Kristy Swanson.

Ray Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

Ray Romano created and played Ray-- and a guy who loves and respects his own mother as much as he did had to make this list. Marie might have driven Debra to insanity, but in this case, Ray's goofy mama's boy persona worked. You may be surprised to learn...

Ray Romano

As an accounting student at Queens College, he made dean's list three years in a row. This must have paid off when Everybody Loves Raymondbroke the record for highest revenue with $3.9 billion.

Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (1999-2007)

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano, and yes, we recognize that professionally, a mobster is not the best role model for a child. But that aside, Tony made the list because as a dad, he always had the kids' best interests at heart. And no matter what, family came first. And when AJ got out of line, Tony knew he had to set him straight. You'd be surprised to know...

James Gandolfini

He considers himself a pacifist and often struggled with his role as Tony Soprano because of its violent nature.

Rufus Humphrey, Gossip Girl (2007-present)

Matthew Settle plays the coolest dad on television and makes Gossip Girl bearable for moms. Not only is he beyond cute AND a musician, he is completely in tune with both his teenagers who are the model kids in their school. To boot, he does it on his own--gotta love a hot single dad! You might be surprised to learn...

Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle got his start in show business by selling records in Dollywood!

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