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

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Little House on the Prai... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Little House on the Prairie is an American Western drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle, about a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, ...more

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: CBS

The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: CBS

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: NBC

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

Premiered: 1951

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

Premiered: 1957

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, ...more

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: CBS

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

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows About Families
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: CBS

The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more

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Eight Is Enough is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 111

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Eight Is Enough is an American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977, until August 29, 1981. The show was modeled after syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, ...more

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more

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The Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

Premiered: 1961

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: CBS

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows About Families
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 151

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more

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