21 Standout Fictional Fathers

Their on-screen children can always count on these TV dads, and we can always count on them for good entertainment. Who's your favorite TV dad? Tell us who we missed below!

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Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor on "Friday Night Lights"

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Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd on "Grey's Anatomy"

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper on "Mad Men"

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George Lopez as George Lopez on "George Lopez"

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John Ritter as Paul Hennessy on "8 Simple Rules"

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Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show"


James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos"

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Sean Bean as Eddard "Ned" Stark on "Game of Thrones"


Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant III on "Scandal"

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Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth on "Arrested Development"

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Homer Simpson on "The Simpsons"


John Goodman as Dan Conner on "Roseanne"

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Bob Saget as Danny Tanner on "Full House"

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Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family"

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Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen on "The O.C."

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Peter Krause as Nate Fisher on "Six Feet Under"

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Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford on "Eight is Enough"

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Andy Griffith of "The Andy Griffith Show"

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Ray Romano as Raymond Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond"

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Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham on "Happy Days"

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Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman on "True Blood"

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First Published June 16, 2011

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