Actors Jim Nabors and Andy Griffith (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)


Today on the Big Show, what started as an early morning brain buster contest turned into a huge conversation about the Tri-state’s favorite television father figures. Listen above as the phones get busy with listeners chiming in on their favorites — just in time for Father’s Day (it’s this Sunday, by the way).

An IMDB/TV-Guide poll has listed some of America’s favorite TV dads of all-time and presumably due to his ongoing legal battles, Bill Cosby’s character Dr. Cliff Huxtable is no longer in the number 1 spot after a long run as everyone’s favorite. He has been replaced by the Andy Griffith Show‘s Sherriff Andy Taylor, played by Andy Griffith.

The top ten from the list also includes:

2. Ben Cartwright – Bonanza | Lorne Greene

3. John Walton, Sr. – The Waltons | Andrew Duggan

4. Charles Ingalls – Little House on the Prairie | Michael Landon

5. Danny Williams – Make Room for Daddy | Danny Thomas

6. Jim Anderson – Father Knows Best | Robert Young

7. Steve Douglas – My Three Sons | Fred MacMurray

8. Gomez Addams – The Addams Family | John Astin

9. Jed Clampett – The Beverly Hillbillies | Buddy Ebsen

10. Ray Barone – Everybody Loves Raymond | Ray Romano

See the full list HERE.

Listen above as the Tri-state chimes in with their favorites; from Herman Munster of The Munsters played by Fred Gwynne, to Hal from Malcolm in the Middle played by the great Brian Cranston. 

Who was YOUR favorite television dad of all time? Let us know in the comments!


Shannon in the Morning/WCBS-FM


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