The 10 Greatest TV Dads Of The '90s
The 10 Greatest TV Dads Of The '90s
Every June, we dedicate one special day to the fathers in our lives in order to let them know just how important they are to us. But what about the TV dad’s we grew up with as young couch potatoes in the ‘90s?
Above all others, the decade of the ‘90s produced a collection of the most memorable television fathers of all time. They were dads that varied in toughness, coolness, goofiness and hilarity. But they were all equally amazing.
In honour of Father’s Day (and just ultra-cool dudes in general), here’s a look back at the 10 greatest TV dads that we grew up with in the ‘90s (and one extra special TV dad that can’t be forgotten).
Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was one of the greatest TV sitcom fathers to ever grace a screen. Uncle Phil was the perfect role model as hard working, self-made lawyer turned judge. Although he was a hard ass in the courtroom and at home, his heart was as big his belly, and was a great dad to Carlton, Hillary and Ashley, as well as a father figure to Will. He was also great at tossing Jazz out of his house.
Alan Matthews from Boy Meets World was a heck of a great guy and an ideal father. Cory, Eric and Morgan’s dad busted his butt as a grocery store manager and eventually an owner of an outdoor supply store to provide for his family. Despite his hard working nature, Alan was always there for laughs, support and good advice for all three of his kids, as well as his bonus son Shawn.
Sure Danny Tanner from Full House was akward, unstylish, OCD and full of corny jokes. But that was totally his real dad-charm. As a single parent to DJ, Stephanie and Michelle, Danny worked hard to raise the girls and keep a roof over the head of an unnaturally huge family that consisted of aunts, uncles, nephews, a best friend and a big golden retriever.
Marty Crane was hilarious! Fraiser and Niles’ dad was one of the most classic TV fathers of all time. Although the beer drinking, sarcastic, sports loving Marty was the complete opposite of his uptight, sherry-sipping, psychologist sons, he loved his boys and was always part of awesomely witty banter with the two shrinks.
If we’re talking about the greatest ‘90s TV dads of all time, we could never pass over Carl Winslow from Family Matters. Carl was the definition of a papa bear. He was a tough, uptight cop but was always good for family love, good values, and some corny dad one-liners. He should be praised for putting up with Steve Urkel for all those years too.
TV’s biggest self-proclaimed manly father from in the ‘90’s was Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from Home Improvement. The always-grunting sports and cars addict thought he was so cool and hip, but totally wasn’t. Just like most real dads. Sure he was a jocky man’s man, but he was also a hilarious goof with a giant heart.
I know what you’re thinking. Iconic Seinfeld dad Frank Costanza wasn’t the most supportive father for George. But the angry, Festivus celebrating, former military chef was hilarious in his gruff grumpiness. It’s hard not to love the old bugger, am I right?
Red Forman from That 70’s Show was the biggest hard-ass father from the ‘90s. He was always ticked off and angry with Eric and his “dumb ass” friends. But it was totally a front. Red was a big softy and us couch potatoes loved him as part of our TV lives.
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis from Full House wasn’t just the coolest uncle from ‘90s TV. He was also the coolest dad. Jesse played both a substitute father for DJ, Stephanie and Michelle, and eventually turned into a real, rock and rollin’ dad to Alex and Nicky. How cool would it be to have your dad in Jesse and the Rippers? Have mercy!
Homer Simpson isn’t just one of the greatest 90’s TV dads, he’s one of the most iconic television fathers of all time. Woo-hoo! The Simpsons patriarch has always been hilariously clumsy, dumb and oblivious. But he’s also adorable and the source of endless laughs.
Even though Sandy Cohen wasn’t a TV father in the ‘90s, we can’t feature a greatest television dads list without paying tribute. The OC father is by far the greatest television dad of all time. He was cool, hip, hilarious and had the best family values. He was seen as the perfect dad as well as the type of dad that all boys wanted to be when they grow up. Good on ya SC.
Happy Father’s Day!