In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we wanted to celebrate 10 of our favorite dads of TV crime. Half are crime-fighters, half are criminals, but each dad leaves an indelible mark (and dirty socks).
1) Jack Bauer of 24
Being a member of his family is like having a giant, flashing neon bullseye painted on you, but once you're being tormented by villains, to save you, he will do Whatever. It. Takes. (Until the next day…)
2) Arlo Givens of Justified
He's a vicious, abusive father who'd rather see his lawman son dead than his co-conspirators. But when Raylan goes all steely and ruthless with no hint of give, it's easy to see what the marshal's nature owes to Arlo's testicular fortitude.
3) Rick Castle of Castle
He's an adoring dad who respects his daughter's independence, however, there is no doubt he lurks her social media, and his frequent selfies (while ruggedly handsome) are embarrassing.
4) Patrick Doyle of Rizzoli & Isles
Luckily, Dr. Maura Isles was adopted at birth by a wealthy couple who encouraged academics, because her biological father is an Irish crime boss. Could it be sentimental that Paddy had a baby gravestone carved for her? Hmm, think we're going with creepy.
5) Charles Cagney of Cagney & Lacey
While he loved Christine's mother, eventually they drifted apart. She took the kids and the affluent suburbs, he got the mean streets. He's a stalwart cop of the NYPD, but also an alcoholic. Christine proves a chip off the old block in every way.
6) Tony Soprano of The Sopranos
Selfish and volatile, both proud and resentful of his family's lavish tastes, no one expects more from his kids (and at higher volume) than this crime boss. But you'd better have your insurance paid up before daring to say a word against them in his earshot.
7) Jackson Brodie of Case Histories
Single dad to young Marlee, who's occasionally the subject of contention with the ex-wife, Brodie's a tough former cop turned private investigator. His sister's death may be why he has such a soft spot for country music's most mournful songbirds and women in general.
8) Max Keenan of Bones
Dr. Temperance Brennan's dad changed names and identities to make a life for his kids, and risked jail for a fresh start with them. But that was only necessary, because he's a long-time criminal, whose supposedly disavowed talents for deception never seem that rusty.
9) Walt Longmire of Longmire
The still-grieving widower has trouble treating his daughter as the strong woman she is and more trouble saying why—his emotional waters have dark deeps and undertow. Still, no one with a lick of sense needs to be told that love for Cady is the sheriff's lifeblood.
10) Walter White of Breaking Bad
To help his family weather his impending death from cancer, there's nothing lucrative Walt won't try. But no one who loves him, not even himself, could have imagined the person he'd become in the process. If dad becomes a monster just for love of you, are you allowed to be scared?
There are so many more crime dads, so tell us your favorites, and clean the garage while you're at it!