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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 Bunchwhich 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 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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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
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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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 Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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 Suite Life of Zack & Cody is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Clarissa Explains It All is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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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Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh
Degrassi High is the third television show in the Degrassi series of teen dramas about the lives of a group of teenagers living on or near De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It first ...more
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All Grown Up! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
Elizabeth Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie
All Grown Up, also known as Rugrats: All Grown Up, is an animated television series created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó for Nickelodeon. After the success of All Growed Up, ...more
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The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Growing Up
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