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The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting

Updated October 29, 2020 1.6k votes 182 voters 11.2k views42 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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    Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

    Premiered2017

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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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    Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Sister, Sister

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley

    Premiered1994

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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Fosters

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

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    This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

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    Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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    Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Malcolm in the Middle

    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek

    Premiered2000

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    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

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    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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    Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Parenthood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette

    Premiered1990

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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    Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Fuller House

    Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten

    Premiered2016

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    Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

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    Breeders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Breeders

    Jayda Eyles, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2020

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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    #blackAF is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    #blackAF

    Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones

    Premiered2020

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    Raised by Wolves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Raised by Wolves

    Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin

    Premiered2020

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    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

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    The Duchess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Parenting
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    The Duchess

    Katherine Ryan
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