Let’s face it: television doesn’t always paint dads in the best light. Case in point: the bumbling, mumbling useful idiot of the moment Phil Dunphy, one of several walking 80s sitcom caricatures (the Shrewish Blond! The Wacky Gays!) who populate the ironically named Modern Family. But if you dive into television’s storied past, you can find a few good dads (or dads who are good for entertainment, at least), men who walked the walk and talked the talk, passing along wisdom to their pretend families and millions of viewers each week. Here are some classic TV dads from back in the day, and the valuable life lessons they brought us.