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Father’s Day Tribute to the Best Television Dads

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of great movie dads and list of daddy-daughter movies include wonderful films for families to watch together and talk about the great fathers in their own families.

Some of the best dads on film appear on television, which allows us to see families in a variety of circumstances over many years. Some of them even start to feel like members of our own families. These dads are not perfect but they always seem to know the right thing to say, whether comforting, guiding, or providing support. And they inspire even more through their own examples of trustworthiness and wisdom. My favorites include:


1. Tom Bosley on Happy Days
2. John Goodman on Roseanne
3. Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show


4. Danny Thomas on Make Room for Daddy
5. Bil Cosby on The Cosby Show

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6. Bill Bixby on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
7. John Amos on Good Times
8. Michael Landon on Little House on the Prairie
9. Robert Young on Father Knows Best
10. Peter Gallagher in The O.C.


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