This Monday Madness, in honor of Father’s Day this coming Sunday here in the US, we’re looking at TV dads! These dads, whether grounded or goofy, often set the tone of their shows, and no matter how difficult or stubborn, always have a soft spot for their kids. This poll is focusing on actual (both biological and adoptive) dads, since including father-like figures would have made it too lengthy – though many of the dads on this poll do have a father-like role in other characters’ lives.
This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV dads. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10! Fans have used Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, forums, Reddit, blogs, and chatboxes to get the word out about past polls. Get creative!
Even though there are
50 70-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of TV dads I left out! You can nominate fathers I missed in the comments until Thursday night, and I may add them to the poll (dads from live-action scripted shows only, please, and the dad must be in at least 3 episodes of the show).
Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter or like TV Breakroom on Facebook, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!
Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM June 18th.
Who is your favorite TV dad? (Choose up to 10!)
- Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) - Castle (14%, 1,951 Votes)
- John Winchester (Jeffery Dean Morgan & Matt Cohen) - Supernatural (10%, 1,362 Votes)
- Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) - Eureka (5%, 681 Votes)
- Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) - Psych (4%, 620 Votes)
- Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) - Bones (4%, 589 Votes)
- Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) - Bones (3%, 367 Votes)
- Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley) - Glee (3%, 366 Votes)
- Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) - Doctor Who (3%, 346 Votes)
- Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) - The Cosby Show (2%, 324 Votes)
- Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) - NCIS (2%, 303 Votes)
- Walter Bishop (John Noble) - Fringe (2%, 283 Votes)
- Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) - Criminal Minds (2%, 266 Votes)
- Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) - How I Met Your Mother (2%, 247 Votes)
- Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) - Smallville (2%, 228 Votes)
- Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) - Modern Family (2%, 220 Votes)
- Charming (Josh Dallas) - Once Upon a Time (2%, 214 Votes)
- Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) - Veronica Mars (2%, 209 Votes)
- Future Ted Mosby (Bob Saget) - How I Met Your Mother (2%, 208 Votes)
- Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) - Chuck (1%, 206 Votes)
- John Casey (Adam Baldwin) - Chuck (1%, 200 Votes)
- Angel (David Boreanaz) - Angel (1%, 193 Votes)
- Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) - Little House on the Prairie (1%, 187 Votes)
- Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) - Full House (1%, 169 Votes)
- Max Keenan (Ryan O'Neal) - Bones (1%, 157 Votes)
- Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) - Hawaii Five-O (1%, 157 Votes)
- Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite) - NCIS (1%, 150 Votes)
- William Adama (Edward James Olmos) - Battlestar Galactica (1%, 143 Votes)
- Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) - Modern Family (1%, 139 Votes)
- Reginald "Red" Forman (Kurtwood Smith) - That '70s Show (1%, 136 Votes)
- Steve Bartowski (Scott Bakula) - Chuck (1%, 134 Votes)
- Leo White (Brian Krause) - Charmed (1%, 129 Votes)
- Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) - The Office (1%, 126 Votes)
- Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) - Married . . . with Children (1%, 123 Votes)
- Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) - Once Upon a Time (1%, 120 Votes)
- Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) - The Andy Griffith Show (1%, 118 Votes)
- Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) - Modern Family (1%, 115 Votes)
- Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) The O.C. (1%, 114 Votes)
- Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) - The Mentalist (1%, 108 Votes)
- Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) - Happy Days (1%, 105 Votes)
- Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) - Home Improvement (1%, 105 Votes)
- Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) - 7th Heaven (1%, 104 Votes)
- Uther Pendragon (Anthony Stewart Head) - Merlin (1%, 101 Votes)
- Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) - Leverage (1%, 101 Votes)
- Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) - Arrested Development (1%, 91 Votes)
- Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner) - NCIS (1%, 90 Votes)
- Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1%, 88 Votes)
- Marvin Eriksen (Bill Fagerbakke) - How I Met Your Mother (1%, 88 Votes)
- Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) - Alias (1%, 88 Votes)
- George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) - Suburgatory (1%, 84 Votes)
- Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) - Blue Bloods (1%, 75 Votes)
- Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) - Friday Night Lights (1%, 70 Votes)
- John Walton (Ralph Waite) - The Waltons (0%, 65 Votes)
- Michael (Shane West) - Nikita (0%, 65 Votes)
- Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) - True Blood (0%, 63 Votes)
- Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) - Falling Skies (0%, 60 Votes)
- Steven Keaton (Michael Gross) - Family Ties (0%, 59 Votes)
- Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) - Touch (0%, 45 Votes)
- Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) - Blue Bloods (0%, 45 Votes)
- Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) - Awake (0%, 45 Votes)
- Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) - ER (0%, 42 Votes)
- Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) - NCIS (0%, 40 Votes)
- George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) - Arrested Development (0%, 39 Votes)
- Will Girardi (Joe Mantegna) - Joan of Arcadia (0%, 39 Votes)
- Noah Werner (Alan Tudyk) - Suburgatory (0%, 36 Votes)
- Frank Barone (Peter Boyle) - Everybody Loves Raymond (0%, 32 Votes)
- George Lopez (George Lopez) - George Lopez (0%, 28 Votes)
- Ray Barone (Ray Romano) - Everybody Loves Raymond (0%, 28 Votes)
- Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) - Ringer (0%, 26 Votes)
- Jim Walsh (James Eckhouse) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (0%, 26 Votes)
- Lionel Luther (John Glover) - Smallville (0%, 24 Votes)
- Don Draper (John Hamm) - Mad Men (0%, 22 Votes)
- Jim (Jim Belushi) - According To Jim (0%, 22 Votes)
- Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson) - The Office (0%, 18 Votes)
- Roland Burton (Sterling K. Brown) - Army Wives (0%, 17 Votes)
- Trevor LeBlanc (Drew Fuller) - Army Wives (0%, 17 Votes)
- Frank Sherwood (Terry Serpico) - Army Wives (0%, 16 Votes)
- Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) - Army Wives (0%, 15 Votes)
- Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) - The Firm (0%, 4 Votes)
- Walt Riggins (Jeffrey Tambor) - Bent (0%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 4,136
27 thoughts on “Monday Madness: Favorite TV Dads”
How does this poll not have Coach Eric Taylor?
I’ve added him!
Go John Winchester!!! Taught them boys how to survive anything!
Need Red Foreman from That 70’s Show, Tenzin from The Legend of Korra, and Professor Utonium from the Powerpuff Girls!
I’ve added Red, the other two are animated shows, so they don’t qualify for this poll.
Love Once Upon a Time Dads! 🙂
What about Rory Pond (Williams) my husband & father to Melody Pond?
What, no Don Draper?
I’ve added him now!
Yeah, Rick Castle!!!
I don’t think Ben Sisko was on the list from the start? Was he? I would have certainly voted for him if I had seen him on the list.
No, he wasn’t. A bunch of new nominations were added last night!
Well, that will teach me not to vote immediately… It sucks that we can’t change our vote.
Only John Winchester! Only Supernatural!
Винчестер только он!!!!)))))))))
PaPa Winchester all the way baaaaaby!!!!!
Why didnt HOMER SIMPSON make the cut? And why is CHARMING on the list? All he did was put a baby in a tree :p lol
sorry…had to do with Henry Spencer on this one. SPN fan to the core, but John really wasn’t a great father figure. Bobby would have gotten my vote if he was on the list.
John Winchester went to Hell for his son. Rescued the other from a burning crib. How many of these other dads can say they did that?
John Winchester Rocks
I can’t figure out how to vote?
Sheriff Jack Carter (Eureka) and Henry Spencer (Psych) all the way!
Ahh just so you know… it’s Leo Wyatt from Charmed, not Leo White… although he is/was/is/was a White lighter.
Cal Lightman – Lie To Me
Jack Carter from Eureka FTW!!
I think Cos was the best!