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PI Poll: Happy Father’s Day!

Who is Your Favorite TV Dad?

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • Hello Larry

    So glad you put the weekend polls back up Marc, they’re always really fun and tough to decide. There’s so many great TV dads in the history of television and I’m a television historian myself so I started to go the old school route here with sitcom dads but I actually went new school and picked a drama dad in Frank Gallagher from Shameless he’s probably the worst father in this list but the most entertaining to watch. Dude is all over the place on that show as William H. Macy does one helluva job playing the character on that show.

    My number 2 would’ve been Danny Tanner as he’s probably the most popular dad on this entire list so gotta go with him. When you think of TV dads you think of him or Archie Bunker. Blake and J.R. are two of my favorite characters but father wise not so much.

  • Marc Berman

    My two favorites are Mike Brady and Jim Anderson. It was a close call, but I chose that father who know best…Robert Young!

  • Anthony

    Tom Bradford…Eight is Enough!

  • cruisersailor

    Charles Ingalls gets my vote for “Best Dad”.