Hi! Winnie Griggs here. By the time you read this Father’s Day will be over, but it is still in progress as I write this and so I have fathers on my mind. That being the case, I thought it might be fun to do a list of some of my favorite TV dads. Some of them I had to reach way back for, some are more contemporary and some might surprise you as being from out in left field. Since I didn’t want to rank them, I’m listing them in order of when their show debuted. Here goes:
1958-1963 Lucas McCain played by Chuck Conners in The Rifleman. Lucas was a widower raising his son in the New MexicoTerritory, and while he was never one to step back from a fight, he was also more concerned with teaching his son proper values then with anything else around him.
1959-1973 Ben Cartwright played by Lorne Greene in Bonanza. A three time widower – he married in succession an English woman, a Swedish woman and a French Creole woman, each of whom bore him a son before dying. This supposedly helped explain the differences in the three boys. Ben was a strong patriarch, ruling the Ponderosa with an iron fist but there was no doubt whatsoever that he loved his sons and they loved him.
1960-1968 Andy Taylor played by Andy Griffith on the Andy Griffith Show. Lots of home spun wisdom delivered with warmth and humor in that wonderful southern drawl of his – what’s not to like?
1969-1972 Tom Corbett played by Bill Bixby on The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father. What can I say – this show was on the air just before I headed off to college and at the time I was a sucker for Bill Bixby.
1984-1992 Cliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show. This has got to be everyone’s favorite TV dad. Cosby played the role with his signature humor and wit, and the family dynamic was absolutely a joy to watch.
2004-2007 Keith Mars played by Enrico Colantoni on the Veronica Mars show. I absolutely love the interaction between Keith and his daughter Veronica, and the love and respect between them is obvious.
2005-present Seeley Booth played by David Boreanaz on Bones. While Seeley’s role on the show is not primarily that of father I love the interaction he has with his son Parker and the way he portrays himself as a caring father whenever Parker is around or just when the talk turns to his son.
2009-present Richard Castle played by Nathan Fillion on the show Castle. While one could argue that he’s not the best of dads, the dynamic between him and his daughter Alexis is fun and witty.
I know there’s more great TV dads out there, but that’s 8 and I’m going to stop here. Now it’s your turn. Who did I forget that you would have put on the list?