To celebrate Father’s Day, why not watch some dad shows on Netflix starring your second-favorite dads?

By Claudia Fisher
Updated May 19, 2020

There’s no better time to salute some of our favorite Netflix dads than this Father’s Day. If one if your preferred Father’s Day activities is binge-watching and you’re looking for the best shows on Netflix to screen with your dad in honor of the holiday, the people who know the streaming platform best—Netflix staff members themselves—handpicked 10 dad shows just for Real Simple readers.

From working to protect his unusually gifted adoptive daughter (looking at you, Hopper) to just trying to keep his intergalactic family together (good on you, Mr. Robinson), these Netflix dads will keep you entertained (and may even inspire a few new Father’s Day quotes). Consider this a Father’s Day gift to you and your dad: Here’s a watchlist of Netflix Originals featuring some of TV’s most famous dads.

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Fuller House

Your favorite ’90s dad is back and cleaner than ever with the full Tanner Crew. This time around, the adventures center on DJ raising her three boys with the help of her sister, Stephanie, old pal (and bane of Danny’s existence) Kimmy, and, of course, her dad, Danny.

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Lost in Space

Being a father is hard work, no doubt about it–but being a father to a family stranded on a hostile, foreign planet with an alien robot in pursuit is a whole different story. It definitely makes for some riveting TV family drama, though!

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Stranger Things

On this Netflix show, Chief Hopper is not only tasked with keeping the town of Hawkins, Indiana, safe, but he also steps into a father role when he fosters the troubled and misunderstood Eleven.

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The Crown

The Crown portrays the U.K.’s Prince Philip as a young father and husband navigating the life of a royal, dealing with some unexpected changes in his wife’s responsibilities ,and marital tensions that arise as a result of their unique situation.

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Arrested Development

To the delight of countless fans, Netflix brought the unhinged Bluth family back for their fifth season. As always, Michael Bluth champions the leading role, supporting his children, parents, siblings, and community as he struggles to keep the family together in the midst of legal and moral obstacles.

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Anne with an E

Though Matthew Cuthbert is a shy and sensitive man at heart, his spirit and zest for life are ignited by his love for his adopted daughter, Anne, and her undying passion for life in this Netflix series.


Master of None

To capture the complex relationship between a son and his immigrant father, comedian, actor, and writer Aziz Ansari cast the only man for the role: his real-life father, Shoukath Ansari. The result is both heartwarming and funny, showcasing their father-son dynamic as they discuss dating in the age of social media.

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The Ranch

In this Netflix Original Series, Sam Elliott’s character, Beau, runs his family’s grass-fed cattle ranch in Colorado and works to adjust his stubborn ways when his son Colt, played by Ashton Kutcher, returns home to take over the ranch.

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Cinco is the only hour-long Netflix special on this list: In it, Jim Gaffigan’s “Cinco” represents not only his fifth comedy special but also his five children, and his act takes us hilariously through his struggles and tribulations as a father.


Coach Snoop

While most might know him best for his rhymes and signature style, Snoop Dogg is more than just a legendary rapper from Long Beach. A father of four, Snoop has also served as a father figure to many through his football league, founded to keep at-risk kids off the streets. This Netflix docuseries is a good show for viewers to see that side of him.