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Five TV Dads Better Than Yours

As you might already know, Sunday is Father's Day. At this point, we figured you've been so inundated with gift-related propaganda that you could use a break. So we've compiled a handy list of five TV dads that are better than yours—because, let's face it, real Dad ain't perfect.

Dr. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

Dr. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

Bill Cosby's lovable doc was famously supportive, caring, and, of course, perpetually pullovered—and he also pulled down a doctor's salary while rarely (if ever) going to work. 
How your life might be worse: Inheritance paid in sweaters; Adam Sandler always stopping by to hang out.

Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

Sure, he was mean, emotionally withdrawn, and had anger issues—not unlike every dad we've ever met—but he could also whack playground bullies at will, and buy you a nice Nissan Xterra. Even if he smashes the windows out of it later.
How your life might be worse: Can't date Jamie-Lynn Sigler; you could turn out like A.J.

Steven Keaton (Family Ties)

Steven Keaton (Family Ties)

The ultimate liberal hippie dad—he worked at a public radio station and sported an awesome beard. Unsurprisingly, he was about as mild-mannered—by which we mean congenially ineffective—as they come.
How your life might be worse: Possible adoption of Alex P.'s politics; can't date Justine Bateman.

Tony Micelli (Who's the Boss?)

Tony Micelli (Who's the Boss?)

He was both a live-in housekeeper and a former ballplayer. The takeaway: you'd never have to make your own bed, and your dad would be a great Little League coach—one who presumably would let you play all you want.
How your life might be worse: Possibility of not becoming The Boss; can't date Alyssa Milano.

The Two Dads (My Two Dads)

The Two Dads (My Two Dads)

Okay, technically this makes six, but who's counting? Having two dads—one a rock-and-roll hipster, one…um, Paul Reiser—means having twice the wisdom, twice the fun, twice the…dadness. Bonus: hanging out with Dick Butkus, who owned the café downstairs.
How your life might be worse: When's the last time you heard from Staci Keanan?

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