Sitcoms have changed a lot since the 1950s and so has the role of ‘dad’ on television. Back then, the idea of a perfect father was embodied by men like Ward Cleaver or Mike Brady, whereas in today’s television shows, parents often make mistakes — they don’t always have all the answers and are generally presented as more relatable, for better or for worse. Yet, despite their flaws, today’s television dads love their families and show it by standing up for their children while offering comic relief to viewers as the backbone of the family and often the star of the show. Here is a list the 12 best television dads of all time.
12. Tim “The Toolman” Taylor — Home Improvement
Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) was a man’s man who enjoyed mocking his Tool Time co-host Al and, of course, using the phrase “More Power!” Yet, he also revealed a more sensitive, philosophical side when chatting over the fence with his elusive neighbor, Wilson. Truth be told, Tim often seemed to stumble his way through fatherhood, but his love for his three boys was obvious and he made it work, thanks in no small part to his supportive (and patient) wife, Jill.CP Images / Everett Collection