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The Best Shows About Families

Updated December 23, 2020 16.2k votes 1.2k voters 53.1k views116 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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    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

    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

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

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  • I Love Lucy9
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    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

    Premiered1951

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    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough

    Premiered1972

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    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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    Leave It to Beaver

    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont

    Premiered1957

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    Bewitched

    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

    Premiered1964

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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

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    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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    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

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    John Astin, Carolyn Jones

    Premiered1964

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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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    Andy Griffith, Ron Howard

    Premiered1960

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    Malcolm in the Middle

    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek

    Premiered2000

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    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

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    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns

    Premiered1985

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