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The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting 

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Updated January 23, 2020 1k votes 150 voters 8k views 35 items

List Rules Whether it's a great lesson on how to be a parent or sheer family entertainment, vote up the best shows about parenting.

Which TV shows about parenting do you think are best? While there are countless manuals, books, and detailed guides people can pick up to help them learn proper parenting techniques, some of us just turn on the TV. Television series about parenting have been around since stations first started broadcasting programs and that's simply due to the fact that they're both relatable and highly entertaining. Plus, people who watch television tend to be (or will become) a parent at one time in their lives. And while these shows aren't necessarily guides to parenting, watching how best to do it and what not to do has certainly helped more than a few families evolve over the years.

Finding the best parenting shows to watch is all about what kind of person you are and how you raise your family. Watching a show like Fox's Married... With Children might be a better indicator on how not to raise kids, while more recent shows like Modern Family focus on more positive aspects of child-rearing. Then you have some TV parents who shouldn't have kids, but we can just be glad it's not real life. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of good parenting series to choose from and this list compiles the best of them all. 

Featuring some of the best TV moms to date, as well as TV dads we'd love to have, check out the recommendations below and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 119

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 215

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

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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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette, Thora Birch

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: NBC

Parenthood is an American comedy-drama series based on the 1989 film of the same name. Executive produced by Ron Howard, the series aired for one season on NBC. Parenthood was one of many failed ...more
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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 189

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

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

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 151

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

Premiered: 2016

Network: Netflix

Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: NBC

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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira
Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: NBC

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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Baby Daddy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, Jean-Luc Bilodeau

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: ABC Family

Baby Daddy is an ABC Family original comedy television series that premiered on June 20, 2012. The series follows Ben, a man in his twenties, who gets the surprise of his life when a one-night ...more

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