My parents divorced when I was 5-years-old. At 8, my big brother took it the hardest. It affected him the most, obviously. My other two brothers were just babies and had no idea what was going on.
After the divorce our mom, who was previously a stay-at-home-mom, got a full-time job at a center for the developmentally challenged, and dad skipped town. Consequently, we didn’t see him much. We did see a lot of TV though and I think, in a way, it saved us. We had no idea what a dad was supposed to be like. Our dad was the voice on the phone that constantly grilled us about that “latest A-hole your mother is dating”.
Cliff Huxtable would never do that. Cliff was patient and kind, calm and understanding. He could fix anything, in 30 minutes, no less! He didn’t even leave the house to go to work, for crying out loud. He just went to his office downstairs and occasionally delivered babies.
These sitcoms were comforting to a couple of kids who spent a lot of their childhood home alone. And I suspect dads like Steven Keaton from Family Ties and Cliff Huxtable taught my brother a lot more about being a dad than our dad ever did.
So, exactly who do Americans consider the top TV dads of all-time? In order of the votes they received, last to first, these are the results of the latest Harris Poll of more than 2,000 adults asked which TV dad they most wanted to be theirs. Do you agree with their picks? Who’s missing? Who would you drop?
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It’s interesting to note that of the top 15 television dads Americans would have wanted growing up, only one is currently on TV (not counting reruns) and he’s a cartoon character. And, even though the show has been off the air for almost 20 years, Cliff Huxtable is a top dad for almost all age groups. Which TV dad would you most like to have had as a dad when you were growing up?
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