Phillip Banks (James Avery), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will needed a father, and Uncle Phil was always there. He did a swell job with Carlton, Ashley, and Nicky as well. Yeah, we left out Hilary on purpose.
Bill Cosby (Bill Cosby), The Cosby Show
What better way to teach your daughter that underage drinking is dangerous than by playing a drinking game with her when she’s horribly hungover? (Don’t worry, it wasn’t really alcohol.)
Danny Tanner (Bog Saget), Full House
Sure this single father had two guys helping him raise his children—but one was an unfunny comedian and the other thought he was Elvis. We’re just kidding Uncle Jesse, you did a pretty good job with Nicky and Alex.
Alan Matthews (William Russ), Boy Meets World
One of the first dads to make it cool to work at grocery store, Alan Matthews was really the rock in Boy Meets World.
Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson), Family Matters
Cop, father, and protector of Steve Urkel. Anyone who can do this for years is worthy of our praise.
Frank Lambert (Patrick Duffy), Step by Step
Divorce is hard. Frank Lambert made the idea of a new dad cool.
Tim Taylor (Tim Allen), Home Improvement
This clip says it all.
Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill), Married With Children
Before he was married with Manny, he was here.
Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta), The Simpsons
TV dads can be great in cartoons, too.