On Glee, Kurt Hummel's dad, Burt, is a widower whose tough man's-man exterior cracks easily at his son's gleeful presence.
Everybody may love Raymond, but I'm not so sure about his kids. He's so consumed with food, sports, and his own emotional needs that he has no time for them.
Dan Conner from Roseanne may not be perfect, but he is always there for his family. He proves that money is no substitute for love, humor, and simply showing up every day.
Where to begin with Gossip Girl's Dr. William Van der Woodsen — he's like the foil to Dan Conner. Being completely absent for most of his children's life is enough to make the bad-dad list, but telling his ex-wife she has cancer to get closer to her (and less so to his children) is just a lethal cherry on top.
Sandy Cohen from The OC may be so idealistic he takes in troubled teen Ryan, but he never lets it interfere with his relationship with son Seth. Of course, only on TV would Ryan and Seth be BFFs, but Sandy always handled whatever the two dished out with humor, sternness, and spectacularly arched eyebrows.
Mad Men's Don Draper has his moments — he's an emotional guy. We see how much he loves his kids, but they don't as they're asleep when he goes into their bedrooms to stare at them. Dormant love is no match for a distant dad.
What doesn't Heathcliff Huxtable do? The Cosby Show dad works from home, cooks, creates elaborate games to teach his kids lessons, and sings and dances. Maybe he's too perfect to be true, but we'll take him.
Granted, Frank Reynolds's main goal on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to get really weird with what time he has left on Earth, but he uses his adult children and their friends for personal amusement and advantage. To be fair, they deserve it.
On Weeds, Andy Botwin may not be the real father of housewife-turned-drug-dealer Nancy's kids — he's not even a good choice — but he steps up, stoned or sober, and acts as a father figure to her two sons.
You don't produce a son like George Costanza by being happy in life. Loud, scheming, and abrasive, Seinfeld's Frank Costanza shows little interest in anything but reveling in his self-imposed misery.
Whatever his shortcomings were while his sons grew up, the elderly Martin Crane is 100 percent there for his two grown sons on Frasier. Despite their differences, Martin handles the ups and downs of his sons' bourgeois lives with genuine interest and love, even if there are a few jokes at their expense.
Tony Soprano's moments of compassion, sadness, and regret over how he's treated his kids are some of the show's best moments, but there's no going back from having your daughter's boyfriend whacked. Perhaps he should stick to godfathering?
Max Gregson never knows which of his wife's personalities he'll come home to on The United States of Tara, so he quickly developed patience, flexibility, and open-mindedness, which extend to parenting. The only time he questions his gay son's sexuality is when he goes through a straight phase, and even then he doesn't blink.
Preferring the couch, a beer, and TV to face-time with his children, Married With Children's Al Bundy could write a parenting book on how not to raise kids.
Dexter Morgan's dad may be dead, but he plays a central role in Dexter and his son's life. It was Harry Morgan who recognized his son was a sociopath, likely to kill, and taught him to channel his killer instinct into offing criminals. Disturbing, illegal, and sick? Yes. But better than letting Dexter kill wantonly.
Another midcentury dad, Mr. Arnold from The Wonder Years did everything he believed was right. The problem? It was rarely enough.
Full House's widower Danny Tanner wanted to make sure his daughters never felt the absence of their mother. So he became a superdad (albeit annoying at times) and invited his whole family to move in.
David and Keith didn't just adopt a kid on Six Feet Under, they adopted two older kids with abusive histories. Though they got off to a rocky start, the two learned to let their differing parenting styles complement and the show ended on a parenting high note.
While single mom Lorelai Gilmore raised daughter Rori on the Gilmore Girls, dad Christopher ran off to California and did as he pleased until life (not his daughter) brought him back to the East Coast. And then he wanted in!
On Arrested Development, George Bluth uses his children to get whatever he wants. He tricks and deceives everyone, bankrupting them all morally and financially. But there is always money in the banana stand.