Teen TV The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up  

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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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern 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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis 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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The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is an American sitcom created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. The series was first broadcast on Disney Channel on March 18, 2005, with 4 million viewers, ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro 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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf 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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
This Is Us Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston 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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier 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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam 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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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis 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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Clarissa Explains It All is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Clarissa Explains It All Melissa Joan Hart, Jason Zimbler, Elizabeth Hess Clarissa Explains It All is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon. Created by Mitchell Kriegman, it aired for five seasons and a total of 65 episodes from March 23, 1991, to December ...more

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Little House on the Prairie Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert 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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Growing Pains 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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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Blossom Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence Blossom is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC from July 5, 1990 to May 22, 1995. Don Reo created the series which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and ...more

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal 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 Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five ...more

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more

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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Doogie Howser, M.D. Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and ...more

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley 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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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Smart Guy Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver Smart Guy is an American sitcom centering on the exploits of child genius T.J. Henderson, who moves from being an elementary school student in the fourth grade to a high school student in the ...more

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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney ...more

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more

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Webster is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Webster Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8, 1987, and in first-run syndication from September 21, 1987 until March 10, 1989. The series was ...more

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
7th Heaven Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel 7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on The WB, the first time that the network aired Monday ...more

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more