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The Best Shows About Families

Updated October 15, 2020 15.3k votes 1.1k voters 50.3k views112 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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    Little House on the Prairie 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
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol... more on Wikipedia
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    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from... more on Wikipedia
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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to... more on Wikipedia
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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14,... more on Wikipedia
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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

    Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from... more on Wikipedia
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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough

    Premiered1972

    The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book... more on Wikipedia
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from... more on Wikipedia

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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco... more on Wikipedia

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight... more on Wikipedia
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    Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Leave It to Beaver

    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont

    Premiered1957

    Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often... more on Wikipedia

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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Bewitched

    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

    Premiered1964

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    That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from... more on Wikipedia

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in... more on Wikipedia

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    The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

    The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign... more on Wikipedia

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    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Addams Family

    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

    The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams'... more on Wikipedia
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    Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Growing Pains

    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns
    Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long... more on Wikipedia
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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Andy Griffith Show

    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

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    The Middle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    The Middle

    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

    Premiered2009

    The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the... more on Wikipedia
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    Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows About Families
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

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