TV's all-time coolest parents

Oct 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. ET

Parents can be a drag — but not these moms and dads. Here are 20 of TV's all-time coolest parents who we would love to have as moms and dads.


Phil Dunphy, Modern Family


Here's why we love Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell): He's hilarious, loves his kids and fiercely tries to be cool — maybe so much so he's the coolest uncool dad ever.


Danny Tanner, Full House

Full House provided many learning moments, but no parent had those parent-child talks better than Danny Tanner (Bob Saget).


Cliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show

This list wouldn't be complete without Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby), the patriarch of the Cosby family. Though he is only one half of the power couple (with Clair played by Phylicia Rashad), Cliff brought love and warmth — and lots of humor — to living rooms all over the world.


Roseanne Conner, Roseanne

Sure, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) had a knack for humiliating her kids in public or in front of their friends, but don't forget she was a loving mother who worked hard to provide for her kids. She also didn't let anyone mess with her kids, and welcomed Darlene's boyfriend (Johnny Galecki) into their home when he had nowhere else to go.


Morticia Addams, The Addams Family

Being the matriarch (Carolyn Jones) of an unusual family like the Addams family is not an easy task, but when you can start flames with your fingertips, it makes life a little easier — and more fun.


Tim Taylor, Home Improvement


Sure, having a dad on television can be embarrassing at times, but Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) loves anything masculine, whether it's cars, power tools or grunting — making him a fun and always entertaining father.


Burt Hummel, Glee

Although this dad (played by Mike O'Malley) may not fully understand what life is like for his son, Kurt, who is in high school and is gay, he makes sure Kurt knows he has his dad's love and support.


Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights

Even though her husband coached the high school's football team, Tami (Connie Britton) played a central role in most of the players' lives — while at the same time juggling home life with a newborn baby and a hormonally-charged teenager.


Peggy Bundy, Married ... With Children

This carefree mom (Katey Sagal) was not only fun, but encouraged her kids to be who they were — no matter what other people thought.


Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead

Being a dad during a zombie apocalypse is no easy task, but Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) tries his best to balance protecting what humans are left and making sure his kids are safe. Plus, it's kind of cool knowing the world rests on your dad's shoulders for survival.


Willie Tanner, ALF


What dad do you know that would let you have an alien as a pet? Willie Tanner (Max Wright) welcomed the fuzzy character into his home and into our hearts.


Hal Wilkerson, Malcolm in the Middle

We love Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, but we think he's a super cool dad in Malcolm in the Middle. If you need something built or a project completed, Hal is the go-to dad — perfect for when it's time for school projects.


Rayna James, Nashville

Who wouldn't want to have a huge country star (played by Connie Britton) as a mom?


Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family

Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is fiercely loyal to her kids, not to mention strong and caring. She also has a soft spot for her kids, which can be particularly useful during the holidays.


Richard Castle, Castle

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) isn't your ordinary dad. Not only is he a mystery writer, he also solves crimes with the NYPD. Way cool.


Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls


We love how Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) proves an unwed mother who got pregnant at the age of 16 can be successful and have a beautiful relationship with her daughter.


Jonathan Kent, Smallville

What boy with super powers wouldn't be tempted to take over the world? As young Clark Kent struggles to find his place, his father (John Schneider) helps him find his way — and keep his powers in check.


Angela Bower, Who's the Boss?

Angela (Judith Light) always made sure her son had everything he needed, but she also opened her house to her housekeeper (Tony Danza) and his young daughter. How could you not love her?


Keith Mars, Veronica Mars

Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) is one of the coolest dads in the history of TV — helping his daughter, Veronica Mars, as she dedicates her life to cracking mysteries in her hometown.


Cameron Tucker, Modern Family

Although Cameron's partner, Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is just as loving and warm as a father as his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), we give the nod to Cameron — not only because he must deal with the antics of the Pritchett family, but because he loves to dress up as a clown — making this dad super fun.

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