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The Best Shows About Families

Updated February 25, 2021 15.7k votes 1.2k voters 55.1k views117 items

List RulesAny 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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    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

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    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

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    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont

    Premiered1957

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    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

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    Premiered1998

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