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Andy Griffith Show

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Sheriff Andy Taylor not only maintained law and order in Mayberry—he was also home for supper every night and was always available for a father-son talk!

The death of Andy Griffith, who played a single dad to Ron Howard's Opie on his classic eponymous series, reminded us not only of a sweeter, more innocent time on TV, but also made us want to give a shout-out to the small-screen characters, past and present, who really excelled at fatherhood.

Or at least were obviously doing the best they could.

From Ward Cleaver to Cliff Huxtable to Phil Dunphy, here's a look at TV's greatest dads.