Moments When TV Dads Stole Our Hearts

In honor of Father’s Day, we remember all the TV dads that have a special place in our hearts. They made us laugh, they made us cry, and they made us wish our dad was as cool as them.


Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Breaking Bad

Sure, maybe Walter White wasn’t the best role model. Sure, he may have been a drug tycoon and had questionable morals. But he did it all for his family, so they could have a better life after he was gone. Here’s a clip of White with his baby daughter Holly. It’s touching in a sort of eerie, ominous way, the only way Walter White could pull off.


Hal Wilkerson (Bryan Cranston) - Malcolm in the Middle

Before Walter White, Bryan Cranston was Hal Wilkerson, the loveable, goofy dad from Malcolm in the Middle. And while he might not have always set the best example for his troublemaking kids, he did have a few moments of greatness. Here’s one with Malcolm.


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Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) - Modern Family

Phil may be even goofier than Hal ever was, but he always comes through with meaningful life lessons. “Dance, until your feet hurt. Sing, until your lungs hurt. Act, until you’re William Hurt.” That is just one of the many life lessons he imparts on his children. Here is a tender but equally amusing moment with his two daughters.


Philip Banks (James Avery) - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Although he’s just Uncle Phil to Will Smith, the late James Avery became the father figure that Will had been looking for his whole life. Warning: keep tissue box within arm’s reach.


Ray Barone (Ray Romano) - Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray was never really good at discipline, as he was basically a big kid himself. But he tries his darndest at parenting in this clip, and it’s absolutely adorable. You also see where he gets his parenting skills from.   


Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) - Full House

Danny sometimes had a hard time connecting with his teenage daughter, DJ, similar to real-life dads all around the world. But this clip shows a moment all dads are familiar with, embarrassing your children in public out of love.