The 90’s era not only gave us great music and great fashion, but they also gave us great sitcoms. With great sitcoms comes great television father figures that we still love and adore to this day. Father’s Day is right around the corner, so in light of all of the fathers that will be honored around the world, we’re taking the time out to honor the top unforgettable and influential TV dads from the 90’s. Keep reading below to see which of our favorite TV fathers will take the number one spot on the list.
7. Ray Campbell from “Sister Sister” was the perfect example of an overprotective
father, but it was something about Ray that was just so loveable. Tia & Tamera were always his little girls regardless of their age. He never failed to remind them of that, and as a result they both respected and loved him. It was this quality that made Ray such a relatable father that viewers adore.
6. Frank Mitchell from “Moesha” was the cool dad…or at least he thought he was. He was a successful car salesman, sort of uptight, and would fight with Moesha and Dorian about everything as he tried to understand his outspoken teenagers. Frank was flawed (Dorian was the result of an affair) but this is what made him so relatable, and the fact that he still took Dorian in, made him loveable. To top it off, this dad was always supportive of everything Moesha or Dorian had going on, whether it was singing, rapping, school, etc. Frank could always be counted on to be there, and that is truly what fathers are for.
5. Pops from “The Wayans Bros” “Bang! Bang! Bang!” We all loved to hear John “Pops”
Williams say this! Everything about Pops was old school. He was funny and joked with his boys, he dressed like he was still in the 1970’s, and he never, ever hesitated to pull out his belt if he needed to. Pops preached the importance of family. On almost every episode we were able to see how a father can be the glue to holding a family together.
4. Danny Tanner from “Full House” – A house full of children– and all females, at that– is enough to drive any man crazy! But not Danny Tanner, who was the widowed father raising three girls. He was cool, calm, and collective, could crack a good joke, and was the epitome of a family man. Danny made his full house fun, and his girls truly believed that there’s no place like home. He showed viewers, and made us believe that when you’re lost out there and you’re all alone, a light is waiting to carry you home…everywhere you look.
3. Carl Winslow from “Family Matters” was the disciplined cop who didn’t play games
when it came to his children. He was a man that made his children competitive, disciplined them, and earned their respect, all while being loving, caring and supportive. Although Steve Urkel was annoying and always at his house, he was still a father to him as well. Remember when Urkel told Carl how much he admired him and loved the way he treated his family? (It’s okay to cry right now). Well Steve, us viewers felt the same way!
2. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” – This wealthy doctor was not only loved at the office, but he was also loved at home. We saw Heathcliff be an amazing father to five children, while managing to be a successful, on-call doctor. He showed us the definition of what a father should be like. He taught us what raising a child is vs. just being a child’s friend, and he was still perceived as a cool dad. Dr. Huxtable raised five children and none of them resorted to violence, gangs, etc. because of the way he raised them and the knowledge that he would instill in them. There is no other TV dad that can show us a perfect example of fatherhood like Cliff Huxtable did.
1. Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” – “First things first: rest in peace Uncle Phil, for real,” said rapper J. Cole. “You are the only father that I ever knew.” We know Uncle Phil was a great dad. He was supportive, understanding and patient but would also discipline, and was well respected by his family and others. Uncle Phil gets the number one spot because he raised Will like one of his own. Not too many people can do that. He was not only this great father to his own children, but also to his nephew-in-law! You have to have a heart of gold to raise a child that’s not one of your immediate family members, and Uncle Phil was the first to demonstrate how important it is to be a father to all children, not just your own. This quality of his made him become perhaps the best TV dad of all time!
Written By: Kahina Ray