35 of TV’s Best Father Figures Who Weren’t Actually Dads, From Mr. Belvedere to Joey Gladstone (Photos)

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In honor of Father’s Day, TheWrap recognizes non-parental TV father figures, from Mr. Feeney on “Boy Meets World” to Mr. Carson on “Downton Abbey” to the eponymous Mr. Belvedere and Chief Hopper on “Stranger Things.”

A few examples for starters:

Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) , “Boy Meets World”
The Matthews’ next-door neighbor was also Cory’s (Ben Savage) teacher and eventually his principal, offering sagely advice throughout his young life. He’ll probably still be at it in the sequel series, “Girl Meets World.”

Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier), “Full House”
Uncle Joey had his puppets and his nieces, but no kids. Still, he played an essential role in helping raise Danny’s (Bob Saget) girls. Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) would have made this list, but he eventually had twins of his own.

Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Coulson hand-selected his own team, and he filled it with broken people in need of support, direction and guidance. It’s no wonder he’s stepped up as a father figure to so many of them, and especially the orphaned Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Mr. Dink (Fred Newman), “Doug”
Doug’s (Billy West/Tom McHugh) older, eccentric neighbor was as quick with a bizarre high-tech gadget as he was with words of wisdom for the young man. Unfortunately, sometimes both proved to be of little use.

Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), “The Flash”

When Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) mother was murdered and his father wrongfully convicted of her murder, he was taken in by family friend, police detective Joe West. Joe proved a devoted foster father, even inspiring young Barry to become a forensic scientist. And after the accident that gave Barry his powers, Joe was his first friend to learn about the secret, and serves as one of The Flash’s staunchest allies. And now that Barry is married to Joe’s daughter, Iris, he’s a great father-in-law in addition to being a great foster dad.

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