Favorite TV Dad of the Millennium Is Cliff Huxtable Of “The Cosby Show”

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 17, 1999 — The Microsoft® WebTV Networks Millennium Poll results have been tallied just in time for Father’s Day, and Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” was named Favorite TV Dad throughout history by WebTV Network TM subscribers. Huxtable ranked “tops as pops,” beating out other memorable dads of the small screen from over the decades, including Howard Cunningham, Ward Cleaver, Archie Bunker and Mike Brady.

With 34 percent of the votes, Huxtable beat Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” by 9 percent. Bunker came in second with 25 percent of the votes, despite his now politically incorrect views. Rounding out the remaining votes were the following TV fathers:

  • “Happy Days” dad Howard Cunningham was named the third favorite TV dad of all time with 17 percent of the votes.

  • 1950s icon Ward Cleaver of “Leave It to Beaver” came in fourth with
    12 percent of the votes.

  • Mike Brady, the groovy 1970s architect father from “The Brady Bunch,” took fifth place with 9 percent of the votes.

More than 800,000 WebTV® subscribers were able to access the WebTV Millennium Poll on the WebTV Network service throughout May. More than 6,000 poll forms were returned to WebTV Networks, Inc., resulting in a representative sample of subscriber opinions. In addition to Favorite TV Dad, other TV favorites were voted on, which will be revealed in upcoming months as the new millennium approaches.

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