Episode 20 SHOW NOTES Top 10 Favorite TV Fathers

Everyday Woodworking Podcast Ep 20 


My Favorite Famous TV Fathers 

Hey everyone. I’m Ricky with Everyday Woodworking, your Podcast Home for tips, tricks and information on how to make the most of your woodworking time and money, every day. 


Well, well, well. Look at us…here at episode 20! Wow! How did THAT happen!? 

Very cool. I am really excited, looking back over things and seeing how the podcast has already evolved in just a few months. I love where we are though, and who knows how things may continue changing as we go along. 

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Well I’m recording this on Father’s Day. And as a dad, of course Father’s Day has a special place for me. My dad and both of my grandfathers have passed on already, so we don’t get to celebrate with them any longer, but the kids really go all out to make me feel appreciated every year. It’s a reminder that I am crazy blessed. 

I wanted to do something a little different for this episode. Let me take you through my though process… 

This is a “woodworking” related podcast, so in my mind, that’s a pretty “manly” subject. So even though we might not always talk about woodworking specifically, I like to look at subjects that might typically appeal to most men. I figure if these things are interesting to me, then they’ll be interesting to you guys too. 

So I wanted to take a look at TV Fathers this week. We all have our favorites. I know I have mine. So I wanted to share my top ten list of my favorite TV dads with you. 

These are characters that I grew up with. Some, through new shows at the time (in the 80’s and 90’s), and some through re-runs. But nevertheless, these are men whose characters had an influence on me and who I am today. 

That isn’t to say I was only influenced by the TV dads, but obviously, it’s been a big part of my life. And probably yours too. So as we celebrate Father’s Day, let’s take a brief look at my Ten Favorite TV Fathers! 

But before we do, let’s take a quick break, and we’ll jump right in… 


Before I lay my picks on you for my Favorite TV Fathers, let me say that these are my picks. And they aren’t in any particular order, other than to say that I’ve saved my #1 for last. 

I’ll drop my top ten on you and add a few honorable mentions too. And there will no doubt be many, many more that could be on the list. I’m sure there will be some whining and moaning about who made it and who didn’t…and if that’s you, then tell me who I should’ve left off or added in. And if I’m so inclined, I might amend the list. (LOL) 

OK, so here we go…my Top Ten Favorite TV Fathers… 

Howard Cunningham – Happy Days (Tom Bosley) 
Archie Bunker (All In the Family) 
Steven Keaton - Family Ties (Michael Gross) 
James Evans – Good Times (John Amos) 
Tim (the Tool Man) Taylor – Tool Time (Tim Allen) 
Charles Ingalls – Little House On the Prairie (Michael Landon) 
Frank Barone – Everybody Loves Raymond (Peter Boyle) 
John Walton – The Waltons (Ralph Waite) 
Andy Taylor - The Andy Griffith Show (Andy Griffith) 
Cliff Huxtable – The Cosby Show (Bill Cosby) 

It actually was harder than I thought it would be, narrowing down my list to just ten. There were a lot more honorable mentions in there. And I think we should at least go through a list of a few more that just barely didn’t make it on my list, but they might very well be on yours. 

Other favorites: 

Danny Tanner – Full House (Bob Saggett) 
Carl Winslow (Family Matters) 
Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) 
Ben Cartwright (Bonanza) 
Ward Cleaver - Leave It To Beaver (Hugh Beaumont) 
Phil Drummond - Different Strokes (Conrad Bain) 
Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch) 
Phillip Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Aire) 
Jason Seaver (Growing Pains) 


Father’s Day is a bittersweet day for a lot of us. If you’re like me, you’re a dad yourself, but the father figures in your life have passed on. So it’s a day that comes with the celebration of close family, but the memory of the men who helped make you who you are. 

So as we wrap up our look at famous TV dads, let me just say that, no matter how influential these fictional men may have been, they pale in comparison to my own dad and grandfathers. 

Happy Father’s Day to the men who shaped me and taught me and played an invaluable role in bringing me to where you find me today. God has blessed me beyond compare with great fathers, and I hope one day, I’ll be respected to the generations to come, as much as they are to me. 


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