Sandy Cohen, The O.C.
The O.C. premiered back in 2003, which means it’s been almost 20 full years since we were introduced to bad boy with a heart of gold Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), textbook hipster nightmare Seth Cohen (Adam Brody), and most importantly, the daddiest dad ever to dad, Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher). Listen, there are lots of great dads on this list, but I feel like Sandy clinched the title the moment he took one look at Ryan’s sad little Chino-born puppy eyes, brought him to his giant mansion, and essentially adopted him. In addition to convincing his wife Kirsten to let Ryan live with them, Sandy also spends his days being kind and supportive while also making sure Seth doesn’t become too much of a spoiled brat, like those other Newport rich kids. Plus, the native New Yorker introduces his family to the wonder and sacredness of a good ol’ fashioned bagel (which is especially important to me, a fellow native New Yorker). And okay, if we’re talking about “daddy” in its hunkiest, dreamiest, and just a little R-rated definition? Well, just look at those brows, that smile—and then check out Peter Gallagher in his post-The O.C. roles in New Girl and Grace & Frankie. He’s still got it. [Shanicka Anderson]