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The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting 

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Updated July 9, 2020 1.1k votes 171 voters 10.1k views 39 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

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian ...more

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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

Premiered: 2016

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette, Thora Birch

Premiered: 1990

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

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Breeders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Jayda Eyles, Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard

Premiered: 2020

Breeders (FX, 2020) is a comedy television series created by Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, and Martin Freeman. The series follows the many trials and tribulations of parenthood.

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Close Enough is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
J. G. Quintel, Jason Mantzoukas
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

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Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones

Premiered: 2020

Black Excellence (Netflix, 2020) (stylized as #blackAF) is an American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A father takes an irreverent and honest approach to parenting and

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Outmatched is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Tisha Campbell-Martin

Premiered: 2020

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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira

Premiered: 2017

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