As we count down to Father’s Day (06/21) – here’s our look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.
We’ve been continuing our look at TV dads by going back to those black and white happy days of the 1950’s & 60’s.
TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)
Ben Cartwright (1960’s)
Ben Cartwright, played by Lorne Greene, was the thrice-widowed patriarch in the long-running Western series, Bonanza (1959-1971). A pillar of the community, Ben was also a solid family man, raising his three dissimilar sons on the family’s 1000-acre ranch, the Ponderosa. At the core of the show was Ben’s commitment to helping his sons to face life with strength and integrity.
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