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The Best Shows About Families 

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List Rules Any television series centered around a fictional family

The best shows about families are those sitcoms and family shows that give us a break from our own families and give us a peek into these best fictional families lives. You favorite TV show about families might depend on during which generation you were raised but regardless of age, these best shows about families are also among the best TV shows of all time.

Unsurprisingly, these best shows about families feature many of the best TV families. Few can say they didn't grow up alongside the kids from The Waltons, Full House, or The Simpsons. Similarly, it's hard not to remember the Huxtables on The Cosby Show, the Keatons on Family Ties, and the Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie as some of the best television families of all time.

But not all of the families on television are traditional but the quirky interaction between blended families, like on The Brady Bunch or Step by Step, or the unconventional families like on Modern Family, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and The Addams Family, work and make those shows even more memorable.

So which of these is your favorite family TV show of recent memory?? Are you partial to the often inappropriate comedy of Family Guy or more into the wholesome family shows like The Wonder Years? Vote for your favorite shows about families, add any not listed or re-rank this list below!

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Little House on the Prai... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

Premiered: 1972

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

Premiered: 1957

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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Eight Is Enough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham

Premiered: 1977

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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Premiered: 1962

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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Premiered: 1964

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows About Families
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

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