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The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up 

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Updated July 30, 2020 601 votes 85 voters 3.6k views 35 items

We all did it (or are doing it): growing up is simply a part of life so it should come as no surprise many TV shows are about it. Series about children and teens growing up have been a staple of American television for decades with examples going back to the earliest days of black & white airwaves. Whether you enjoy watching how families on TV get it done and use those life lessons in our own families or you simply enjoy watching good, entertaining television, there are plenty of great coming of age TV shows to enjoy.

Seeing as the genre dates back decades, compiling a list of the greatest TV shows about growing up requires a look back through time. Does your family look like The Brady Bunch, which showed the world what an early "blended" family looked like or was yours more like the folks on The Cosby Show? Whatever your home life, odds are you sat and watched many of the series on this list, but there are many more. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

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The Suite Life of Zack &... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song

Premiered: 2005

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

Premiered: 1990

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Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh

Premiered: 1989

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel

Premiered: 1996

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

Premiered: 2003

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

Premiered: 1998

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As Told by Ginger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Melissa Disney, Jeannie Elias, Tress MacNeille

Premiered: 1998

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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery

Premiered: 1989

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Jody added Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

Premiered: 1979

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In My Skin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Gabrielle Creevy, Jo Hartley, Di Botcher

Premiered: 2020

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Never Have I Ever is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani

Premiered: 2020

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The Secret Life of the A... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley

Premiered: 2008

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

Premiered: 1990

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Degrassi: The Next Gener... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, Shane Kippel

Premiered: 2001

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

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