Father's Day: TV's Coolest Dads

Tony Soprano, Jack Bauer and the other TV dads you kind of wish you'd had

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The small screen is jam-packed with memorable fathers who'll go above and beyond to fulfil their family duties. Or just look cool picking you up after school.

Whether it's a formidable New Jersey gangster or a hard-as-nails CTU agent, there are certain TV patriarchs you'd desperately want to have your back.

To mark Father's Day, here are seven

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1 | Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

James Gandolfini may have spent six seasons ruling over New Jersey's criminal underworld with an iron fist, yet when it came to wife Carmela and kids Anthony and Meadow he'd pretty much do anything to keep them safe. His offspring would argue that their doting dad was far too overprotective, but it's surely better to be safe than sorry when you're involved in the mafia world.

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2 | Hal (Malcolm in the Middle)

When it comes to Bryan Cranston's screen fathers Hal pips Breaking Bad's Walter White every time. The latter is right up there when it comes to being a bad-ass dad, however his run-ins with the New Mexico criminal fraternity and stashes of crystal meth lying around would be an absolute nightmare. Hal is a big kid at heart, and with him as a dad you'd have a lot of fun and probably get away with anything.

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3 | Jack Baeur (24)

Kiefer Sutherland's no-nonsense CTU agent makes the list for a similar reason to Tony Soprano: he'd have your back. He might be a tad overbearing, but in the event of assassination attempts / nuclear attacks / chemical warfare you can count on Jack to bail you out of trouble.

 

4 | Coach Eric Taylor (Friday Night Lights)

A high school football coach who can motivate even the most down-and-out individual, Kyle Chandler's Taylor would be a great dad for 3 reasons - 1) His words of wisdom would get you geared up for any occasion 2) He'd happily watch a game and have a pint with you 3) He could clearly and definitively explain the rules of American Football.

 

5 | Jim Royle (The Royle Family)

If laughter is the best medicine, then Ricky Tomlinson's Jim Royle is a TV dad worth having. He may be grumpy, rude and permanently sealed to his armchair, but his caustic sense of humour will mean you're never far away from cracking a smile. Particularly if he cracks out the banjo.

 

6 | Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)

Phil likes hip-hop, 'driving through areas that have only recently been gentrified' and abbreviating in texts (WTF = 'Why The Face?'). Even though his kids find him embarassing, Phil is one of TV's most endearing father figures because he isn't really like other dads; he was a pro cheerleader at college, but he loves NFL; he's a big kid around the home but is great at his job (real estate) and most of all, he's fiercely protective of his kids. Even if he does like performing High School Musical routines to them.

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