Animated Characters The Best Cartoon Families In TV History  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated families. Note that we're only including recurring immediate family members (and pets) - no estranged uncles, random cousins, second cousins once removed, etc.

Get ready to feel the love as we rank the greatest cartoon families in TV history! These memorable families can love, fight, and even deceive one another, but at the end of the day, you know they all love and support each other.

Whether it’s the Griffins from Family Guy, the Belchers, the Simpsons, or even the Morgendorffers from Daria, these families consist of very different archetypes, but they're all dynamic, funny, and extremely memorable characters. These characters may be great when they’re on their own or paired up in various combinations in storylines, but that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and they tend to shine the best as one cohesive unit.

From talking dogs and pet dinosaurs to genius babies and awkward grandparents, vote up your all-time favorite cartoon families. And if your favorite animated family is missing, go ahead and add them to the list!

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Simpsons

Show: The Simpsons

Family members: Grandpa, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie

Premiere date: December 17, 1989 

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The Marshes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Marshes

Show: South Park

Family members: Randy, Sharon, Shelly, Stan

Premiere date: August 13, 1997

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The Belchers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Belchers

Show: Bob's Burgers

Family members: Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, Louise

Premiere date: January 9, 2011

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Smiths

Show: American Dad!

Family members: Stan, Francine, Steve, Hayley, Roger

Premiere date: February 6, 2005

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The Hills is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Hills

Show: King of the Hill

Family members: Hank, Peggy, Bobby, Luanne

Premiere date: January 12, 1997

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The Griffins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Griffins

Show: Family Guy

Family members: Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian

Premiere date: January 31, 1999

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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Flintstones

Show: The Flinstones

Family members: Fred, Wilma, Pebbles, Dino

Premiere date: September 30, 1960

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The Broflovskis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Broflovskis

Show: South Park

Family members: Gerald, Sheila, Kyle, Ike

Premiere date: August 13, 1997

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Jetsons

Show: The Jetsons

Family members: George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Rosie, Astro

Premiere date: September 23, 1962

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Smiths

Show: Rick and Morty

Family members: Rick, Beth, Jerry, Summer, Morty

Premiere date: December 2, 2013

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The Morgendorffers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Morgendorffers

Show: Daria

Family members: Daria, Quinn, Helen, Jake

Premiere date: March 3, 1997

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The Pickles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Pickles

Show: Rugrats

Family members: Lou, Stu, Didi, Tommy, Dil

Premiere date: August 11, 1991

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The Archers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Archers

Show: Archer

Family members: Sterling, Malory, Bub, Abbiejean

Premiere date: September 17, 2009

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The Browns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Browns

Show: The Cleveland Show

Family members: Cleveland, Donna, Roberta, Rallo, Cleveland Jr.

Premiere date: September 27, 2009

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The Murphys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Murphys

Show: F is for Family

Family members: Frank, Sue, Kevin, Maureen

Premiere date: December 18, 2015

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The Ventures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Ventures

Show: The Venture Bros.

Family members: Hank, Dean, Rusty, Jonas Venture Jr.

Premiere date: February 16, 2003

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The Funnies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Funnies

Show: Doug

Family members: Phil, Theda, Judy, Doug, Cleopatra, Porkchop

Premiere date: August 11, 1991

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The Lanes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Lanes

Show: Daria

Family members: Vincent, Jane, Trent, Penny, Wind. Summer, Courtney, Adrian

Premiere date: March 3, 1997

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The Pestos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Pestos

Show: Bob's Burgers

Family members: Jimmy, Jimmy Jr., Andy, Ollie

Premiere date: January 9, 2011

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The Shermans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cartoon Families In TV History
The Shermans

Show: The Critic

Family members: Franklin, Eleanor, Jay, Marty, Margo

Premiere date: January 26, 1994