Your Favorite TV Father
Who is your favorite t.v. father. Cliff Huxtable remains TV’s top pop. A new Harris Poll shows the patriarch of “The Cosby Show” is still the TV dad most people would have liked to have had as a father growing up. Bill Cosby’s character also topped the list in The Harris Poll’s survey in 2009. The number two and three TV dads on the list haven’t changed either. Ward Cleaver from “Leave It To Beaver” has second place, followed by Jim Anderson from “Father Knows Best.” But “Happy Days” dad Howard Cunningham is rising in popularity. He ranks fourth, up from number seven in 2009, and bumps “The Andy Griffiths Show’s” Andy Taylor down to number five. “The Brady Bunch” father, Mike Brady, remains at number six. Ozzie Nelson, of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” drops to number seven after landing in fifth place two years ago. Charles Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie,” Tim Taylor from “Home Improvement,” and Ben Cartwright from “Bonanza” round out the top ten.
Across the board, Cliff Huxtable is the most popular television father among men and women, Republicans and Democrats and adults 18 to 65. Only those 66 and older choose another TV father over Cosby’s character. “Father Knows Best” dad Jim Anderson ranks first among the Matures, while Cliff Huxtable takes second place.