My Top 5 TV Dads

As it's Father's Day in a few weeks I've been thinking about my favourite TV Dads. I used to watch a lot of TV when I was a kid and with my list I'll be showing my age, but here goes.

Morgan's Milieu | My Top 5 TV Dads: Jim Robinson from Neighbours
First up and my all time favourite has to be Jim Robinson from Neighbours. Jim raised his four children alone, with the help of his mother-in-law, Helen. Neighbours began in 1985 and Alan Dale played Jim Robinson until his character was killed off in 1993. I loved Jim Robinson because he clearly loved his children and at the same time strived for a life for himself. 

Morgan's Milieu | My Top 5 TV Dads: Charles Ingalls from TV show Little House on the Prairie

Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie is next. I must've been very little (or the TV show was repeated) when I watched Little House on the Prairie. I remember sitting down to have Sunday Lunch and watching the programme, it was our Sunday routine. I loved the show and thought Charles was a brilliant father, even after everything that happened to his children he managed to continue. He was admirable. 

I've only just found out, after doing a quick Wikipedia search, that Charles Ingalls was a real person! 

Morgan's Milieu | My Top 5 TV Dads: John Walton from The Waltons
Another old show I loved as a kid was The Waltons and John Walton Sir was a fantastic father. Again a Sunday routine The Waltons aired on a Sunday afternoon and we'd sit as a family to watch. Their house was big and so was their family but they stuck together through all sorts of disasters and mishaps. I remember enjoying watching, there was always a feel-good ending. 

And my favourite quote from the show? 

"Goodnight John-Boy" 

Morgan's Milieu | My Top 5 TV Dads: Howard Cunningham from Happy Days.
Who remembers Happy Days? And Fonzie - impossible to forget right? But what about Howard Cunningham, the dad. This show was brilliant, I loved watching because it was an American show and I thought Fonzie was cool. Howard Cunningham was a great dad, he enjoyed laughing with his children but was strict with them when he had to be. Tom Bosley appeared as Howard Cunningham in all 255 episodes of Happy Days, the only other character to do that was Fonzie!

Morgan's Milieu | My Top 5 TV Dads: Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.
And finally a dad that isn't always the best but always has his heart in the right place. Homer Simpson amusingly strangles Bart whenever he gets into trouble and gets annoyed at Lisa for playing her saxophone. He works (not hard but he does), he cares for his family, and loves his wife. He may be overweight, a bit of a slob, and spend far too much time drinking Duff Beer but he would do anything for his family. That is a good dad!

Oh yes, and Homer has given us one of the best quotes in the world. Done something wrong? 


What great TV dads can you think of? 
Who were your favourites?

This is my entry into the @CurrysPCWorld competition to win a Samsung SUHD TV this Father's Day.


  1. Ahhh fab list lovely, might have a go at this myself. Best of luck xx

    1. Thanks hun. You should - there's a TV in it if you win! ;)

  2. Homer is a fave of mine, too! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. hehehe! What a great post.
    Ahh Jim Robinson....Those were the good old days of Neighbours.
    I often say my fella is like Homer

    1. Hehe Kim! I bet he's nothing like Homer! ;)

      Yep good old Jim! The Hubby and I watched Lost recently and all I can think whenever Charles Whidmore comes on is "That's Jim Robinson!" :)

      Thanks for commenting hun. xx

  4. how old are you? I'm 44 this month and the same tv memories growing up. I've can't think about tv dads, in fact i can't do tv mums either

    1. Hehe, I'm 34. I guess some of them must've been re-runs or something - either that or I have an awesome memory! Oh I'm so sorry that you can't think about this stuff, it must be hard. Thinking of you hun. xx

  5. I loved Jim Robinson and the actor crops up in all sorts of places now - I always shout "It's Jim!" with glee. As for good TV dad's.. Jed Bartlett from the West Wing? A great Dad and president! I love everything about that show.

    1. I don't think I've ever seen West Wing so can't comment on that one. I'll have to check it out. :)

      I do that too! Jim Robinson does seem to crop up everywhere doesn't he, and I can't help but think about Neighbours. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Maddy. xx

  6. I remember all those too! I used to love neighbours (before it became over dramatised) and do remember Jim. Des was sweet too. I used to quite like Dan from Roseanne too and (dare I say it?) Cliff Huxtable from the Cosby show. Little did I know... I had forgotten about the Waltons, that was a long time ago! X

    1. Des was sweet wasn't he. Oh yes I'd forgotten about Dan from Roseanne! I remember giggling along to the jokes on that show! :)

      It certainly was a long time ago! Sometimes though, it feels like yesterday. It is nice to reminisce isn't it?


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