TV Dads Who Showed Us What Real Love Is

Jordan Claes
Walter White sitting on the couch in 'Breaking Bad'.

In the history of television, there have been some awe-inspiring TV fathers — real men, in fictitious series, that show us the true meaning of love and appreciation.

These men become examples, the kind of role models that we as fathers hope one day to become. With that in mind, have a look below and check out this collection of TV dads who showed us what real love is.

Phillip Banks in 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'

Uncle Phil in 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'.

Phillip loved his wife Vivian so much, that he didn't even seem to notice when Janet Hubert was switched out for Daphne Maxwell Reid! Not only that, but Phillip took Will in and raised him as one of his own.

Jay Pritchett in 'Modern Family'

Jay Pritchett in the kitchen on 'Modern Family'.

Jay is from a different generation and as such, isn't the most emotionally intelligent man on the planet. However, he treats his wife Gloria like the Latina goddess that she is, and his love for Manny is unquestionable.

Jax Teller in 'Sons Of Anarchy'

Jax after he's named President in 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

A lot of men like to say that they'd kill for their woman, but very few have ever been put in a position where they actually might have to do it. Jax, on the other hand, isn't afraid to get bloody for the woman he loves.

Jesse Katsopolis in 'Full House'

Uncle Jesse talking to Michelle in 'Full House'.

Jesse dropped everything in his life in order to move in with Danny and help him to raise DJ, Steph, and baby Michelle as if they were his own children. Once Becky came into the picture, she was the only woman he had eyes for.

Red Forman in 'That '70s Show'

Red yelling at Eric in 'That '70s Show'.
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Red Forman may have been a bit of a hardass with his son, but it always came from a place of care and concern. However, as far as his wife Kitty is concerned, Red was always a puppy dog.

Tim Taylor in 'Home Improvement'

Tim and Jill in 'Home Improvement'.

There aren't many men who can look at themselves in the mirror and honestly say that they're better than they were the day before. It often took Tim multiple tries to get it right, but he always sought the counsel of his neighbor Wilson in order to be a better husband and father.

Dan Conner in 'Roseanne'

A real man knows that life's problems aren't to be solved with violence. But even the most pious shepherd knows that in order to protect his flock, he must ward off the wolves every now and again.

Homer Simpson in 'The Simpsons'

Pictures of Maggie SImpson on Homer's work wall in 'The SImpsons'.
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Homer hates his job; he always has and he probably always will. There's only one thing on earth that could compel him to waste his life in that testicle-shriveling torture chamber, day in and day out — his family.

Dexter Morgan in 'Dexter'

Dexter Morgan feeding Harrison in 'Dexter'.
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Rita was the first person who proved to Dexter that he was not only able to love — but worthy of love. Just make sure to stay out of his way whenever you see him wearing a black undershirt.

Steven Keaton in 'Family Ties'

Steve Keaton and Alex Keaton in 'Family Ties'.

Nobody understands the values of familial ties, peace, and love better than aging hippy, Steve Keaton. This man never denied himself an opportunity to tell his wife and children just precisely how much they meant to him.

Phil Dunphy in 'Modern Family'

If it weren't for Claire, Phil would still be trying out for adult cheer squads and rocking a ridiculous ponytail. She has quite literally made him into the man he is today, and he never denies himself the chance to tell her that.

Ari Gold in 'Entourage'

Ari Gold behind his desk.

Yes, Ari Gold is an asshole. But he's the asshole who pays for his wife's art lessons, the one who gets celebrities to show up to all of her charity events, and also supports her deadbeat brother. If that isn't love, then I don't know what is.

Hal Wilkerson in 'Malcolm In The Middle'

Hal Wilkerson crying in 'Malcolm In The Middle'.
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How do you know that Hal Wilkerson loves his wife Lois? That's easy, just count the number of kids. Any sane man would've cut tail and run as soon as Francis was born

Johnny Rose in 'Schitt's Creek'

Johnny Rose high-fiving Stevie in 'Schitt's Creek'.
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Moira Rose is far from an easy woman to live with. Alexis and David Rose were borderline sociopaths before moving to Schitt's Creek. Johnny was by no means perfect himself, but his belief and genuine love for his family transcends all of their many qualms.

Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'

Walter White in the final episode of 'Breaking Bad'.

There are some who might argue that Walter's love was toxic, and who knows — maybe it was. But that doesn't negate the fact that this former high school chemistry teacher became the biggest drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, just so that his family wouldn't want for anything after his death.