Say Uncle: Television’s 7 Greatest Uncles

When it comes to uncles, forget about it. Uncles are a mixed bag and we’ve seen all kinds. Crazy Uncle, Drunk Uncle, Drifter Uncle who shows up every few years in need of a warm bed. So many more. Mustache Uncle.

Uncles are sometimes fathers, too, but only to their own. Unless things got complicated—like pops was a double agent murdered by assassins—in which case one was fathered by sweet Uncle Ben in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens. For nieces and nephews, uncles are the middle ground; somewhere between dad and a friend. As in life, uncles have held a prominent place in television. And their depictions have been as weird and complex as they’ve been endearing.

Here are some of the greatest uncles to hit any TV storyline.


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