20 of the Most Beloved TV Dads of All Time

They were the perfect fathers television could offer. From Jason Seaver, portrayed by recently deceased Alan Thicke, all the way to Homer Simpson, these are 20 of the most beloved fathers ever to grace the small screen.

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This 1991 image released by ABC shows the cast of "Growing Pains," standing from left, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Thicke and Jeremy Miller, with Kirk Cameron, seated center left, and Joanna Kerns, seated center right, and Tracey Gold, seated left on floor and Ashley Johnson. Thicke, who played Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and ideal TV dad, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. He was 69.
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Who wouldn't want to live in Mayberry if Sheriff Andy Taylor were your dad? Actor Andy Griffith always had the right answers for his son, portrayed by then child actor and now Hollywood director Ron Howard.
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The Fonz may have been the star, but Howard Cunningham played by Tom Bosley was the calm at the center of those Happy Days .
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John Amos lasted only three seasons on "Good Times," a show that centered around the struggles of an African American family living inner-city Chicago. Producers wanted to create more airtime for then rising star Jimmy Walker. But Amos' depiction of a blue collar worker trying to do right by his family resonated with viewers across the racial spectrum.
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Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of "Little House" books, Michael Landon portrayed patriarch Charles Ingalls in this drama series which revolved around the 1870s adventures of the Ingalls family who owned a farm in Walnut Grove, Minn.
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There may never be another television father such as Ed O'Neill's Al Bundy on "Married with Children." And for that we are all grateful.
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Not only did "Family Matters" Carl Winslow, portrayed by Reginald VelJohnson, have his own extended family to care for...there was also Steve Urkel.
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Dan Conner, portrayed by John Goodman, may have been the only person alive capable of sharing the set with on-screen wife Roseanne Barr. The duo portrayed a working class couple with three children struggling to get by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.
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Yes, everyone did indeed love Ray Romano and his portrayal of everyman Ray Barone in the CBS hit.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Here's the story of a man named Brady, who was busy with three boys of his own.They were four men living all together, yet they were all alone." Robert Reed played the patriarch of the blended family with six children on "The Brady Bunch" for five seasons.
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Damon Wayans portrayed Michael Kyle, a man on a tragically funny quest for the perfect "traditional" family, on the ABC hit.
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Tim Allen portrayed Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, host of the home-improvement show "Tool Time," who raised three boys racing toward adulthood in "Home Improvement."
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Phil Dunphy, portrayed by Ty Burrell, is just your average guy, with a gorgeous wife, three kids and a very extended modern family.
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Assembly-line worker and family man George (comic George Lopez) is promoted to manage an airplane parts factory in Los Angeles. For the first five seasons, the George Lopez show had an all-Latino cast with the exception of Albanian American actress Masiela Lusha, who played George's daughter Carmen. Actor George Lopez performs on the set of the "George Lopez" television show Sept. 1, 2005, in Burbank, Calif.
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Portrayed by actor Fred MacMurray , the 60s television show depicted widower Steve Douglas struggles to raise a trio of boys.
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Fine. Technically "Uncle Phil" wasn't father to Will Smith's Fresh Prince, but Philip Banks, portrayed by James Avery, did provide a fatherly influence and treated Smith like one of his own while raising a family of three on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Bonus points for anyone that can do the Carlton.
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Goodnight. Goodnight. Goodnight. The life of a Depression-era family in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is the subject of this wholesome series. Ralph Waite played family patriarch John Walton Sr.
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Robert Young, center with "Father Knows Best" costar Jane Wyatt, top right, clockwise are Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin and Elinor Donahue. Young was loved by millions of viewers as television's all-knowing dad Jim Anderson.
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The cast of the TV series "Leave It to Beaver," pose for a publicity portrait in this undated photo. The show, which aired from 1957 to 1963, starred, from left; Tony Dow as Wally, Barbara Billingsley as June, Hugh Beaumont as Ward and Jerry Mathers as Beaver.
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What gallery of beloved television dads would be compete without Homer Simpson? D'OH!
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