TV has a problem: there are too many hot dads. This is where shows run into a problem of believability. The premise of Full House—a man, his brother-in-law, and his BFF living together to raise three girls—is hard to take seriously when considering the attractiveness of the men, especially Uncle Jesse. With his face and personality, he's distracting, just like the rest of these TV dads.
1. Christopher Hayden, Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
Christopher (David Sutcliffe) is the ultimate DILF. When he buys a new family-safe car, he spends money for really nice speakers that allow him to blast the songs of his youth while also wearing a leather jacket that suits him very well. He's as quippy as Lorelai, and (SPOILER ALERT) by the end of the series he is a stable single dad. Hot.
2. Sandy Cohen, The O.C. (2003-2007)
Those eyebrows, his chill personality, and an affection for bagels? Sandy (Peter Gallagher) is a textbook DILF. Luckily for O.C. fans who can't decide if they want to marry Sandy or be his child, Seth Cohen offers a happy medium.
3. Eddard Stark, Game of Thrones (2011)
In a world full of crazy, conniving people, Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) stands out as the smooth voice of reason. He's a tad too pure-hearted, but DILFs can't be perfect either. Too bad about (SPOILER ALERT) that whole beheading thing. Is it definitely too late for him to be revived from the dead?
4. Philip Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)
OK, maybe you've never thought about Uncle Phil (James Avery) in this way, so take a moment to consider the following. While not a fox by general standards, Phil has many other good qualities. As a judge, he's very well educated—although he ironically has a short fuse. He took in his teenage nephew, providing the '90s with years of entertainment. His resonant voice exudes knowledge and power. He stayed with his wife, even though one day she woke up with a completely different body. He's a winner.
5. Jesse Katsopolis, Full House (1987-1995)
America watched as Jesse (John Stamos) went from UILF (uncle I'd like to f*ck) to DILF during the run of the original Full House, which can never be replicated. Jesse was an attentive and loving father who managed to take care of his luscious hair and his twin boys at the same time. He proved you can have it all.
6. Joel Graham, Parenthood (2010-2015)
Joel Graham (Sam Jaeger) is straight out a Lifetime movie, which makes sense because he is also fictional. The show begins with Joel as a perfect stay-at-home dad. As the seasons go on, Joel starts working again as a contractor, which he does while also helping his wife's very large family. That's a turn-on. Joel valiantly survives (SPOILER ALERT) a divorce plot driven by his wife's behavior, and successfully helps their adopted son adapt to their family environment. Total DILF material.
7. Phil Dunphy, Modern Family (2009-present)
Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is a supreme doofus who revels in dad jokes, which doesn't necessarily make him a dad you want as your own. Fortunately, he has great bone structure and an overwhelmingly kind heart that ensures his DILF status.
8. Rowan “Eli” Pope, Scandal (2013-present)
Sure, he runs B613 and has some sketchy ways of dealing with things, but Rowan Pope (Joe Morton) is very powerful—and power is attractive. As are his face and his way with words. Plus, he gave birth to Olivia Pope. Wouldn't you want to be her stepmom? Or sister?
9. Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
If a rough hand is your thing, this guy is your dream DILF. Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is a strong proponent of tough love, both on and off the field. He's full of advice, motivation, and exasperated yet becoming facial expressions. 10/10 on the DILF Scale.
10. Michael Bluth, Arrested Development (2003-season 5 is coming)
While he loses a lot of points for his family, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) gains them back because he means well, can sometimes be charming, and has a nice face. With his general demeanor and his wardrobe, Michael truly earns the D in DILF.
All of the men on this list detract from the quality of their shows. They make viewers spend too much time wondering ,"Where do men like these exist in real life? Is there a way I can have children with these people? Or, given their parenting skills, would I rather that they raise me and make me a model human being?" There's only so much thinking that should happen when you're watching TV.