Single dads in pop culture

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"My Three Sons": The comedy series followed the ups and downs of widower Steve Douglas (played by Fred MacMurray) and his -- well, you can probably guess -- three sons during its on-air run from 1960 to 1972. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images/IMDB
"Sanford and Son": The 1970s NBC sitcom followed the generational gap of salvage dealer Fred Sanford (played by Redd Foxx) and his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) after Sanford's wife, Elizabeth, passed away. In moments of frustration with his son as a dropout and reluctant business partner, Sanford would feign a heart attack and declare, "I'm coming to join ya, honey!" Bud Yorkin Productions/IMDB
"Finding Nemo": This Pixar movie follows the journey of overprotective father Marlin as he searches for his clownfish son, Nemo, who was taken by a fishing boat. In the 2003 film, Nemo's mother and siblings were killed by a barracuda when he was just an egg. Pixar/IMDB
"Diff'rent Strokes": The series, which aired on NBC from 1978 to 1985, told the story of rich widower Phillip Drummond (played by Conrad Bain) and his two adopted sons, Arnold and Willis Jackson (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges). You know the line: "Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Tandem Licensing Corp/IMDB
"Hannah Montana": In more innocent, pre-twerking times, Miley Cyrus starred in the popular Disney show with real dad Billy Ray Cyrus as her on-screen dad. The main character's deceased mom (played by Brooke Shields) appeared only in flashback scenes. Disney/IMDB
"Full House": Living up to its name, viewers of the ABC series watched widower Danny Tanner (played by Bob Saget) raise his three daughters with the in-house help of childhood friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) and brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos). ABC Photo Archives/GettyImages/IMDB
"The Andy Griffith Show": Andy Griffith played a widowed sheriff -- and father to son Opie (Ron Howard) -- in the 1960s series set in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. CBS Photo Archive/CBS/Getty Images/IMDB
"Arrested Development": Michael Bluth (played by Jason Bateman) is the protagonist of the show known for its cult following. After his wife dies, Bluth has to raise son George Michael (Michael Cera) while surrounded by his own unusual family. 20th Century Fox Television/IMDB
"My Two Dads": When Nicole (Staci Keanan) is left without a parent after her mom passes away, a judge in this sitcom orders joint custody to two men, played by Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan, who were after the affections of Nicole's mom. Columbia/TriStar TV/Everett Collection
"3 Men and a Baby": Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson star in the 1987 comedy that chronicles how their characters' bachelor tendencies are turned upside-down when a baby is left on their doorstep. Interscope Communications/IMDB
"Who's the Boss?": Widower Tony Micelli (played by Tony Danza) takes a job as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced female advertising executive in the role-reversal series that aired from 1984 to 1992. His daughter, Samantha (Alyssa Milano), also moves into the house. ABC Photo Archives/ABC/Getty Images/IMDB
"The Courtship of Eddie's Father": In this movie-turned-TV-show, a young boy named Eddie decides to play matchmaker for his widowed father. MGM Television/IMDB
"Sleepless in Seattle": This classic rom-com by Nora Ephron stars Tom Hanks as a depressed widower who lost his wife to cancer. His young son, Jonah, takes it upon himself to call into a radio show to help the grieving father -- who becomes known as "Sleepless in Seattle" -- find a new mate. TriStar Pictures
"Pinocchio": In the 1940 classic Disney film, lonely woodcarver Geppetto always wanted one of his wooden puppets to become a real boy. When he wishes on a star that "I wish my little Pinocchio might be a real boy," his dream finally comes true. Disney/IMDB