Looking back on the Fox comedy’s first season, Jimmy has taught the Pemberton kids all kinds of important life lessons — like how to be your own dentist, or how to start fights in public. (Here’s the secret to both: Just add alcohol.)
Joe, The Flash
With his bio dad in the clink, Barry grew up looking at Joe as the father he (sort of) never had. (But that’s where this faux family tree ends, OK? Please don’t think of Iris as Barry’s sister. Just don’t.)
Schneider, One Day at a Time
It’s not just any landlord who would be willing to drive Alex to his little league games. What’s more, it was he who joined Penelope, Alex and Lydia as they danced with Elena at her quinceañera after Victor, unaccepting of her decision to come out, was a no-show for the father-daughter dance.
Sheriff Stilinski, Teen Wolf
With Beacon Hills’ dad count at an all-time low, nearly everyone in Scott’s pack — be they a werewolf, a banshee or any number of other creatures — have turned to Papa Stilinski for support at one point or another.
Tandy, The Last Man on Earth
When you’re the last known child to survive a virus that wiped out 99.9999999% of the human race, it doesn’t hurt to have a fun dad stand-in. And who better to teach Jasper how to make his way down a slide in a sleeping bag while covered in vegetable oil than this guy?
Richard, Grey’s Anatomy
From the very beginning, Richard has mentored Meredith to become the best surgeon she can be. (His affair with Meredith’s mother, which resulted in the birth of her half-sister, could also have had something to do with that…)
Fernando, Fuller House
Kimmy’s ex doesn’t pay DJ rent, but he more than makes up for it by being there for her three boys. Take for instance the time he stayed up all night replanting Max’s garden, or gave Tommy his first haircut.
Klaus, The Originals
Klaus and Marcel may be at odds more than any other pair in this gallery, but when your “father-son” relationship spans nearly 2,000 years, things are bound to get… complicated.
Bosworth, Halt and Catch Fire
He’s more than just Cameron’s former boss and mentor. Heck, he uprooted his life and relocated from Texas to California to be by her side in her efforts to expand Mutiny. He’s the man who encouraged Cameron to pursue her dreams, and the person who’s always there for her in her darkest hour. (Perhaps she can find one of those “#1 Dad” mugs on Swap Meet?)
Captain Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jake’s probably too embarrassed to say it, but we’re not: The precinct’s goofiest detective clearly looks up to his captain like the father his absentee dad just never was. (There was also that one time Jake accidentally called Holt “dad,”sooo…)