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Poll: What Did Your Dad Do?

Which of these well-known TV dads had the same job as your dad did when you were a kid? If the exact same job is not an option, please pick the closest one.

Discuss the list here

Originally published 11/16/14 - 3,581 votes total as of November 2017

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Robert Reed in The Brady Bunch (1969)

    My dad was an architect
  2. Vote!

    Damon Wayans in My Wife and Kids (2001)

    My dad owned his own business (not a store)
  3. Vote!

    John Goodman in Roseanne (1988)

    My dad was in construction
  4. Vote!

    Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show (1984)

    My dad was a doctor or other health professional
  5. Vote!

    "All in the Family" Carroll O'Connor C. 1978 CBS

    My dad was a driver
  6. Vote!

    Fred MacMurray in My Three Sons (1960)

    My dad was an engineer
  7. Vote!

    Dax Shepard in Parenthood (2010)

    My dad was in the production and business side of entertainment
  8. Vote!

    The Simpsons (1989)

    My dad worked in a factory
  9. Vote!

    Michael Landon in Little House on the Prairie (1974)

    My dad was a farmer and/or rancher
  10. Vote!

    John Astin in The Addams Family (1964)

    My dad worked in finance
  11. Vote!

    David Eigenberg and Cynthia Nixon in Sex and the City (1998)

    My dad worked in the food service industry
  12. Vote!

    Alan Reed in The Flintstones (1960)

    My dad worked with heavy machinery
  13. Vote!

    Tony Danza in Who's the Boss? (1984)

    My dad was a housekeeper or custodian
  14. Vote!

    Redd Foxx in Sanford and Son (1972)

    My dad was in junk, garbage or sanitation
  15. Vote!


    My dad was in law enforcement
  16. Vote!

    James Avery in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

    My dad was a lawyer or judge
  17. Vote!

    Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy (2008)

    My dad was a mechanic
  18. Vote!

    Michael Gross in Family Ties (1982)

    My dad worked in the media
  19. Vote!

    Alan Thicke in Growing Pains (1985)

    My dad worked in mental health
  20. Vote!

    Dennis Haysbert in The Unit (2006)

    My dad was in the military
  21. Vote!

    Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy (1951)

    My dad was a performer
  22. Vote!

    Chris Noth in The Good Wife (2009)

    My dad was a politician or civil servant
  23. Vote!

    James Eckhouse and Carol Potter in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)

    My dad worked in the "private sector"
  24. Vote!

    The Simpsons (1989)

    My dad worked in a religious capacity
  25. Vote!

    Robert Young in Father Knows Best (1954)

    My dad was a salesman
  26. Vote!

    Guy Williams in Lost in Space (1965)

    My dad was a scientist
  27. Vote!

    Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights (2006)

    My dad worked in sports
  28. Vote!

    "Happy Days" Tom Bosley

    My dad owned a store (or more than one)
  29. Vote!

    Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008)

    My dad was a teacher or professor
  30. Vote!

    Scoot McNairy in Halt and Catch Fire (2014)

    My dad worked in technology
  31. Vote!

    Ray Romano in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)

    My dad was a writer
  32. Vote!

    John Ritter in 8 Simple Rules (2002)

    My dad was a stay-at-home dad
  33. Vote!

    James Gandolfini in The Sopranos (1999)

    My dad was on the wrong side of the law
  34. Vote!

    William H. Macy in Shameless (2011)

    My dad was unemployed
  35. Vote!

    James Brolin in Castle (2009)

    My dad was absent during my childhood

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