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Tough TV Dads Who Show Their Soft Side These firm fathers really have a heart of gold.
Posted on Oct 5, 2017 11:00am

TV dads can be tough nuts to crack, especially when it comes to reaching them on an emotional level. Every once in a while, though, they'll have a breakthrough moment, usually thanks to one of their kids.

Just look at George Sr. (Lance Barber) on Young Sheldon, which settles into its regular time period on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The football coach and family man may know everything there is to know about tossing around a pigskin, but when it comes to his genius son Sheldon (Iain Armitage), the elder Cooper has a lot to tackle.



While the two aren't particularly close, George Sr. can still impart some nuggets of wisdom to his nine-year-old, like "tattletales rarely prosper," for instance. In that way, the father and son are able to find common ground and make a connection.

Scroll down for even more examples of TV dads who showed their soft side.

Watch the next all-new episode of Young Sheldon on Nov. 2 when it settles into its regular time period on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.



Frank Reagan (Blue Bloods)
Frank's (Tom Selleck) role as a patriarch is two-fold; in addition to being the leader of his family, he's also the head of the police department where most of his kids work. Though firm in his leadership style, he also has a soft spot for his children.

Watch all-new episodes of Blue Bloods on Fridays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.



Sam Hanna (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Fans of NCIS: Los Angeles know that you never want to get on Sam Hanna's (LL COOL J) bad side.

The Office of Special Projects agent is a force to be reckoned with out on the field, and the fact that his son is in military school definitely lines up with his approach to parenting.

However, Sam does get some "cool dad" points for also having saved said military school from terrorists. (Yes, really!)

Watch all-new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles on Sundays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.



David Rossi (Criminal Minds)
BAU Senior Agent David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) found out about his daughter, Joy Struthers, later in life, but that didn't stop him from seizing the opportunity to have a family when it came to him. Not only did he have a child he never knew about, but a son-in-law and a grandson as well.

Better late than never, indeed!

Watch all-new episodes of Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.



Adam Burns (Man With A Plan)
Adam's (Matt LeBlanc) relationship with his oldest daughter, Kate (Grace Kaufman), suddenly escalated when he had to talk to the teen about her first period without his wife Andi (Liza Snyder) there to provide moral support.

At a certain point, though, Adam was able to open up to Kate about how hard it was to see his little girl growing up so fast. In the man's own words, "Parenting isn't about having the right answers. It's about being there."

Stream full episodes of Man With A Plan now on CBS and CBS All Access.



Kevin Gable (Kevin Can Wait)
Kevin (Kevin James) doesn't get emotional very often, but he has been known to "break" from time to time.

Take his daughter Kendra's (Taylor Spreitler) wedding, when he told her just how proud he was of her—a heartwarming moment, to say the least, especially for this retired policeman.

Watch all-new episodes of Kevin Can Wait on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Watch the next all-new episode of Young Sheldon on Nov. 2 when it settles into its regular time period on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.