So how great are all those guys on Teen Mom, huh?! Such remarkable specimens of manhood, every one of them, filled to the brim with integrity, compassion, and grace.
… Wait, like 85% of them are completely terrible human beings?
Sure, some of them baby daddies are awful, but some of the aren’t! Some of them are kind of OK, and a few are even great!
Check out our ranking of all the Teen Mom fellas, from best to worst.
And prepare to be amazed, as always, at the level of awfulness on this show.
1. Cole DeBoer
Cole DeBoer is Chelsea Houska’s husband, and thank goodness for that. He’s a wonderful stepfather to Aubree (and he’s made it clear that he’s ready to adopt her if/when Adam gives up his parental rights for her like he did with his other child), he and Chelsea have two precious babies together and one on the way, and ever since he first came on the show, he’s been perfect.
He’s an easy number one, y’all.
2. Taylor McKinney
Taylor McKinney is Maci Bookout’s husband, and they share two children together, Jayde and Maverick — and they’re often talking about having more, whether it’s through more pregnancies or fostering and adoption. They’re also raising Bentley, the son Maci had with Ryan Edwards, and it’s safe to say that Taylor is doing all the heavy dad lifting there, too. Like, he coaches Bentley’s little league team, how sweet is that? And sure, Taylor drinks Bud Light like it’s water and he’s in a desert, but he’s an amazing father.
3. Jo Rivera
Jo Rivera is the father of Kailyn Lowry’s oldest son, Isaac, and he also shares a daughter named Vivi with his wife, Vee. Jo and Kailyn dated when they were teenagers, but it wasn’t long before they realized they were terrible together. They struggled with coparenting for a good few years, and sometimes they still struggle, but for the most part they’ve managed to put all their personal issues aside for the sake of Isaac. Also, Jo still lets Isaac hang out with Javi, his ex-stepdad, and how understanding is that? That’s something a good dad would do for sure.
4. Tyler Baltierra
Tyler Baltierra has been with Catelynn Lowell since they were 12 years old (yes, literally), and when she got pregnant at 16, they placed their daughter up for adoption. They’ve since had two more children, daughters Nova and Vaeda, and they’ve been through just a lot of stuff together. He can be pretty insensitive sometimes, but it’s clear that he loves being a father and spending time with his girls. You love to see it.
5. Gary Shirley
Let’s just say it: Gary was not great in the early days of Teen Mom. He never did anything to deserve being abused by Amber, to be clear, but he was kind of a jerk. Fortunately he’s matured a bit over the years, and he seems like a great father to Leah and Emilee, the daughter he shares with wife Kristina. And thank goodness for that, because Leah in particular needs a whole lot of stability with Amber for a mom.
6. Corey Simms
Corey Simms was married to Leah Messer, and they had twins Ali and Gracie. They got divorced when Leah couldn’t stay faithful to him (and also because they had twins and got married when they were teenagers), but Corey’s been a good father, and a good coparent with Leah. He’s just a good ol’ boy, y’all.