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The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting

Updated February 25, 2021 1.8k votes 200 voters 13.3k views50 items

List RulesWhether 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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    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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    Sister, Sister

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley

    Premiered1994

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    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

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    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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    Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry

    Premiered2012

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    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

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    Malcolm in the Middle

    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek

    Premiered2000

    Malcolm in the Middle (Fox, 2000) is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer....  more

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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

    Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African...  more

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    Parenthood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette

    Premiered1990

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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,...  more

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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

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    Fuller House

    Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten

    Premiered2016

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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

    Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26,...  more

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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

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    Kenan Thompson, Don Johnson

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