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This is a list of the most memorable middle children from TV families. The list includes middle children from live action TV shows and animated TV families across all genres, ranging from family sitcom “Father Knows Best” to the Matt Groening animated series “The Simpsons” and the TNT SciFi series “Falling Skies.” Middle children, though often successful in real life, are often straight man foils for their TV siblings, and the middle child stereotype of being insecure and lacking identity is exaggerated to comic effect. Why do we find these characters so appealing? Maybe it’s because we identify with them, or possibly, it’s just the opposite: their middle child experience is so foreign to us that we are fascinated.

Some of the middle kids in these big TV families are model children ,some are rebels, and some are dysfunctional wrecks. This list runs from the sweet long-suffering middle child, like Gabe from “Good Luck, Charlie,” to the sharp-tongued and sarcastic Randy Taylor, played by teen heart throb Jonathan Taylor Thomas, in the 1990s TV series “Home Improvement,” to the vapid and neurotic Mallory Keaton – and who wouldn’t be neurotic next to Michael J’s Fox’s character Alex P. Keaton? - from the 1980s hit series “Family Ties.” Which is your favorite TV middle child? Which ones stand out in your memory? This list of greatest middle children in TV history is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane!
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Stephanie Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Stephanie Tanner Full House

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Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Malcolm Malcolm in the Middle

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch

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Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Cory Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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Alex Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Alex Dunphy Modern Family

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Randy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Randy Taylor Home Improvement

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Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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Peter Brady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Peter Brady The Brady Bunch

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Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

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Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

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Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Sue Heck The Middle

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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory

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Simon Seville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Simon Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks

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Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Piper Halliwell Charmed

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Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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Gabe Duncan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Gabe Duncan

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Kenny McCormick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Kenny McCormick South Park

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Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History

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Laura Winslow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Laura Winslow Family Matters

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Mandy Baxter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Mandy Baxter Last Man Standing

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Carrie Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carrie Ingalls

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Kyra Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Kyra Hart Reba

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Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

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Lucy Camden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Lucy Camden 7th Heaven

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Eliza Thornberry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Eliza Thornberry The Wild Thornberrys

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Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Stannis Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Danny Partridge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Danny Partridge

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Carol Seaver is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carol Seaver Growing Pains

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Marry Camdon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Marry Camdon 7th heaven

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Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

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Ernie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Ernie Douglas My Three Sons

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Alicia Lambert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Al Lambert Step by Step

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Edith Crawley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Edith Crawley Downton Abbey

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Wayne Arnold is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Wayne Arnold The Wonder Years

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Gene Belcher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Gene Belcher Bob's Burgers

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Crosby Braverman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Crosby Braverman Parenthood

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Erin Walton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Erin Walton The Waltons

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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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Nabiki Tendo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Nabiki Tendo Ranma ½

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Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

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Robbie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Robbie Douglas My Three Sons

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Cleveland Brown, Jr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Cleveland Brown, Jr The Cleveland Show

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Brighton Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Brighton Sheffield The Nanny

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Kerry Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Kerry Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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Chris Griffin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Chris Griffin Family Guy

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Luke Ross is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Luke Ross