#Movies & TV
13 Awesome TV Dads Worthy of Appreciation This Father’s Day
by Alyssa K. Priebe
This Father’s Day, celebrate with your old man by lounging on the sofa, munching on some snacks, and watching these excellent TV dads. With their painfully funny dad jokes, protective natures and relevant life lessons, you’re sure to love ’em almost as much as your own pop.
Although we love Danny Tanner’s nurturing attitude and Phillip Banks’ strict nature, we feel recent TV dads aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. Yes, there are bunches of great fictional family men out there, but these 13 stand out from the crowd and deserve appreciation this Father’s Day.
Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
All Ted wants in his adult life is to find the one and have kids. He’s a great father, who only wants what’s best for his family. Plus, he tells the best “dad” stories—even if they are incredibly lengthy.
John Kennish, Switched at Birth
John got a bomb dropped on him when he found out Madeline, who he thought was his daughter, really belonged to the family who has his biological daughter, Daphne. But this intense news never hindered his ability to love both girls. And it is beautiful.
Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family
Every girl wants a gay best friend, but with Cameron and Mitchell, that best friend is also your dad. They are as hilarious as they are caring and we commend them for it.
Rufus Humphrey, Gossip Girl
Rufus knows when something is up with his kids. True, you wouldn’t get away with any East Side schemes with him as a father. But! You do get awesome life advice and c’mon… delicious waffles!
Adam Braverman, Parenthood
Talk about the ultimate dad. Adam not only nails his marriage with Kristina, but he also kills is as a parent. He’s the perfect balance of humorous and nurturing. He always listens to his kids and always defends them, like punching a guy for calling his son the r-word. *claps*
Bob Belcher, Bob’s Burgers
He owns a freakin’ burger joint, free burgers! And if that isn’t enough to convince you, Bob is always getting into trouble with his wife, but when it comes to fathering he knows what’s up. He lets his kids be kids, but he can also be strict when the situation calls for it.
Murray Goldberg, The Goldbergs
Murray tells it like it is. He’s never BS-ing his family and that’s one of his greatest qualities. We are sure he’d approve of a low-key Father’s Day. He knows how to enjoy the simple things in life, like relaxing on weekends.
Ned Stark, Game of Thrones
Ned fiercely protects his family. Although he is stern, and often times all business, he also knows when to be kind. He helps his children as much as he can, and never discourages their wishes, like teaching Arya how to sword fight despite gender norms at the time. Now that’s a dad to be proud of!
Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
He’s not a regular dad, he’s a cool dad. Although some might think his attempts to fit in are embarrassing, we think his quirky antics show how much he wants to be involved in his kids’ lives—and that’s a damn good quality in a father.
Marshall Ericksen, How I Met Your Mother
From his career to his mannerisms, Marshall centers his entire life on being a family man. He supports Lily’s dreams and you can bet he’ll support his children as well. He and Lily are totally #RelationshipGoals, so just think of the incredible love advice you’ll get!
Tad Horvath, Girls
Ah Tad, he’s had a lot of his own struggles—like not discovering his sexuality until his late adult years—but he’s also done a lot right as a father. He’s a great mix of disciplinary, nurturing, and supportive, which makes him one hell of a dad.
Jim Halpert, The Office
This quirky guy makes for one fantastic father. After escaping the friend zone, he shows Pam every day how much she means to him, and does the same with his kids. The show may be called The Office, but Jim is a master of balancing work with fatherhood—something all dads strive for.
Prince Charming, Once Upon a Time
Charming, aka David, is one of the most devoted fathers of all time. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been whisked away to Never Land or Oz, he always finds his family—and defends them. Way to go David!