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The top ten dads on TV

Published on Jun 11, 2013 10:25 PM

In celebration of Fathers' Day, here are the top ten dads to have ever appeared on TV.

1) Bill Cosby as Dr Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show (1984-1992)
Cosby was not just a funny and loving dad, he also broke barriers on TV with the positive depiction of an upper-middle-class African-American family.

2) Moses Lim as Tan Ah Teck in Under One Roof (1995-2003)
With that catchy promo rap, there was no forgetting which actor played what character. The jolly patriarch also had a fondness for imparting life lessons and always began them with “This reminds me of a story. Long before your time...”.

3) Lim Kay Tong as Mr Tay in Growing Up (1996-2001)
The stoic and hardworking Mr Tay is a pillar of strength in this nostalgic family drama set in the 1960s and 1970s.

4) Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars in Veronica Mars (2004-2007)
The series was about high school sleuth Veronica Mars but her private investigator father certainly stole some of the attention and is a serious contender for World’s Greatest Dad.

5) Tony Danza as Tony Micelli in Who’s The Boss (1984-1992)
Tony wants the best for his daughter and takes up a job as a live-in housekeeper for a female employer. The unusual arrangement was milked for laughs but hey, it also challenged gender and ethnic stereotypes.

6) Homer Simpson in The Simpsons (1989 to present)
He may have brought the world to the brink of nuclear destruction more than once, but deep down, Homer Simpson is just a man who loves his doughnuts, his TV and his family.

7) Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel in Glee (2009 to present)
He seemed to be a distant father at first but he handled his son Kurt’s coming out with sensitivity and lots of love.

8) Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family (2009 to present)
In a show with fathers of every stripe and colour, Phil Dunphy is perhaps the funniest of the lot given that Ty Burrell is fearless at being silly.

9) Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter (2006 to present)
Here’s a father who would literally kill for his son. And Michael C. Hall brings a touching humanity to his portrayal of a serial killer who’s a blood spatter analyst by day.

10) Sean Bean as Ned Stark in Game Of Thrones (2011 to present)
He was regal, good to his family and loyal to a fault. And for that, Ned Stark lost his head.