Have you ever noticed that most TV husbands are dirtbags or at least seriously flawed? If they don’t have a mistress, then they are emotionally distant. If they’re emotionally available, then they may secretly (or not so secretly) be gay. You don’t have to be Flannery O’Connor to know that sometimes a good man is hard to find (on TV). Here are the top ten husbands that are currently airing shows.
Bob Vance, The Office
Vance Refrigeration is the finest HVAC operation in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, area. And Bob Vance is married to Dunder Mifflin saleswoman Phyllis. The two married in the third season of The Office. He refused to get a lap dance from the stripper that Michael Scott hired for his bachelor party. On the negative side, he did start a family during the Vietnam War, and they sort of want back into his life. Robert Shafer plays this character.
Marshall Eriksen, How I Met Your Mother
Marshall, played by Jason Segel, plays the resident married guy on How I Met Your Mother. He and Lily were married twice in the show’s second season. He selflessly decided to get a job that he wasn’t thrilled about to help Lily through her credit issues. He’s been an incredibly good sport about the slanted floors in their Dowisetrepia (Down Wind Of The Sewage Treatment Plant) apartment. He is not someone who can be trusted with a secret.
Chris Turk, Scrubs
Donald Faison’s character on Scrubs is involved in TV’s best bromance. Despite his man-love for JD (Zach Braff), Turk has rounded into a pretty solid husband for nurse Carla. Even though he’s got a massive ego, Turk is devoted to Carla and their daughter Isabella. Hopefully, there will never be a moment that he has to choose between JD and Carla. JD couldn’t take that kind of rejection.
Crabman, My Name Is Earl
Joy (Jaime Pressly) is no, uh, joy to be around. But her husband, the Crabman (played by Eddie Steeples), does a great job of keeping her grounded. He has a shady past and is actually part of the Witness Protection Program. He also has 1 of the finest fros currently on television.
Tom Scavo, Desperate Housewives
Doug Savant plays the husband of Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman). He’s done a good job of keeping his ego in check and keeping his wits about him amid the drama on Wisteria Lane.
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
Most people probably wouldn’t think of Homer as much of husband, friend or father, but the fact is that he is hopelessly in love with Marge. He would (and has) done any and everything to win her back when 1 of his many thoughtless mistakes drove her away.
Horn-Rimmed Glasses, Heroes
Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) is single-minded in his desire to protect his family. Though he’s rarely affectionate with wife Sandra, he clearly cares for her and would (and has) done anything to protect her. His cloak-and-dagger past makes him tough to trust.
Ari Gold, Entourage
Jeremy Piven’s super agent is one of TV’s best characters. In addition to making things happen for Vinny Chase and company, Ari is a man dedicated to his family. Despite his aloofness, it’s impossible not to see his utter devotion to Ari’s Wife and their kids.
Bill Henrickson, Big Love
Bill Paxton (we’re 100 percent sure it’s not Bill Pullman) plays the patriarch of a polygamist family. Despite having a very busy schedule juggling three wives and several businesses, Bill does a great job of making time for the ladies in his life. It helps that Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) uses her managerial skills to keep the families in line. Despite a tendency to be a little selfish, Bill always does the right thing in the end.
Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights
Kyle Chandler portrays the head coach of the Dillon Panthers football team. In addition to winning football games, Coach Taylor is winning hearts. Wife Tami Taylor is one lucky lady.
Honorable mention, Sandy Cohen The O.C.
Peter Gallagher’s Sandy Cohen is one of the all-time best TV husbands (and dads). I hope that someone figures out a way to incorporate this character into a new show. A Gossip Girl crossover would be awesome. He and Rufus Humphrey would be buddies for life.
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By Tom Miller for YourTango