They’re the heads of the family and we always looked up to them to provide valuable life lessons and solutions to our problems. In honor of Father’s Day approaching on Sunday, we’re taking a look at some of the greatest sitcom dads in TV history that we wished our dads would be like! Though no one can replace our own dads, these sitcom fathers came in for a close second.
1. Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont) — Leave It To Beaver: Always The mild-tempered dad was the stereotypical father of the 1950s and also taught life lessons to his sons.
2. Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) — Happy Days: Mr. C was a father figure and role model not only to his kids Richie and Joanie, but also to Fonzie, Ralph Malph and Potsie.
3. Mike Brady (Robert Reed) — The Brady Bunch: He made blending two families together easy by providing them food, support and advice to bring the family together.
4. Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) — The Cosby Show: He was a wise cracking dad with an endless array of sweaters raising five kids and juggling the stress of being a doctor. He always managed to squeeze in valuable family time with his kids and teach them valuable lessons along the way.
5. Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) –Sanford And Son: He was a sarcastic, stubborn junk dealer who always came up with wild money-making schemes that eventually backfired. But we loved his antics and thankfully he raised a good son Lamont to get him out of trouble.
6. Steve Keaton (Michael Gross) — Family Ties: The typical hippie of the baby boomer era, Steve Keaton tried to balance his liberal outlooks with his children’s embrace of the conservatism of the ’80s.
7. Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patton) — Eight Is Enough: Anyone raising a brood of eight kids should get a prize!
8. Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) — My Three Sons: A widowed father, Steve Douglas raised his three sons to grow up as proud, successful young men.
9. Danny Tannor (Bob Saget) — Full House: The goofy, sentimental father to his three girls, Mr. Tannor knew the right thing to say and do for every circumstance. Plus, anyone with dance moves like this should be awarded Father of the Year.
10. Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) — The Andy Griffith Show: Raising his son Opie all on his own, Andy Taylor was both an officer of the law and a loving father.