From Atticus Finch to Cliff Huxtable to Mr. Incredible
Coach Eric Taylor, 'Friday Night Lights'
Played by: Kyle Chandler
Kids: Julie (biological), Gracie Belle (through alien surrogate), All Panthers and Lions
What makes him a best dad: Yes, Eric Taylor sometimes did some mighty stupid stuff. Like why would he abandon his wife and daughter to take a coordinator position at a college nobody has even heard of when he was hailed as a God in Dillon? I don't know. But Coach Taylor bounced back from that error in judgment and was a wise and nurturing father to his sometimes erratic daughter Julie, a seemingly encouraging father to alien changeling Grace-Belle and a surrogate father to the dozens of young men on his football teams. Ask Jason Street and Tim Riggins and Smash Williams and Matt Saracen and Vince Howard and Hastings Ruckle what their high school years would have been like without Coach Taylor's inspiration and his tough love. He taught them how to be better football players, but he also taught them how to be men. We'd follow Coach Taylor into war and even into a totally different school district.
- Daniel Fienberg