- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005


Who is the No. 1 father of all time — on television?

Twenty-two years after “Little House on the Prairie” went off the air, baby boomers still have a soft spot for Charles “Pa” Ingalls, says a survey by AARP Magazine.

An AARP survey for Father’s Day found that 30 percent placed Pa Ingalls — the benevolent frontier father played by Michael Landon — atop a list of TV dads.

Bill Cosby’s Heathcliff Huxtable was second at 25 percent, followed by Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont on the old “Leave It to Beaver” show) at 10 percent and Ozzie Nelson of “Ozzie and Harriet,” which ran from 1952 through 1966, at 7 percent.

The telephone survey, conducted by International Communications Research in April, solicited responses from 1,033 persons ages 45 through 59.

The survey also asked questions about respondents’ relationships with their fathers and found that 36 percent said their fathers had been the primary disciplinarians in their families, compared with 41 percent who said their mothers played the heavy.

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