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List Rules Characters played actors who grew up during the course of the series

List of the greatest characters we watched grow up on TV. This list ranks the best TV characters who grew up before the audience's very eyes week to week, or more aptly, year to year. Going through puberty is not exactly easy. But going through puberty in front of an international audience is something on a whole other level. If one wishes to know what that is like, he or she may ask the actors and actresses behind the TV characters on this list. Some of the best characters who grew up from season to season belong in families like the Tanners in San Francisco, as we watched D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle literally go from children to human beings over the course of "Full House." Remember when Corey and Topanga were bickering classmates in "Boy Meets World?" If so, you also probably remember when they started dating and when they got married.
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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

2
3,237 600
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3
1,829 1,747
Cody Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Cody Martin The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

4
1,726 1,791
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Zack Martin The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

5
1,817 1,689
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Miley Stewart Hannah Montana

6
3,954 786
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

7
2,663 1,091
Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Lizzie McGuire Lizzie McGuire

8
3,651 749
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
D.J. Tanner Full House

9
1,729 1,292
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Louis Stevens Even Stevens

10
2,624 1,048
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Kelly Kapowski Saved by the Bell

11
1,756 946
Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Michael Kelso That '70s Show

12
2,622 815
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

13
2,468 748
Stephanie Tanner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Stephanie Tanner Full House

14
2,819 801
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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1,132 1,240
London Tipton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
eligoldsworthy1995 added London Tipton The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck

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2,707 735
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Michelle Tanner Full House

17
2,116 1,043
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

18
949 1,298
Bailey Pickett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
eligoldsworthy1995 added Bailey Pickett The Suite Life on Deck

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1,858 677
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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2,032 913
Randy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Randy Taylor Home Improvement

21
2,193 863
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell

Celebrities Who Fell Into Homelessness

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1,463 1,128
Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Malcolm Malcolm in the Middle

23
1,426 757
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Ashley Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

24
1,554 1,030
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Rudy Huxtable The Cosby Show

25
1,403 823
Stephen Hyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Stephen Hyde That 70's Show

26
1,521 659
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Steve Urkel Family Matters

27
1,634 912
Winnie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Winnie Cooper The Wonder Years

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1,342 1,009
Samantha Micelli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Samantha Micelli Who's the Boss?

The 36 Best TV Wedding Dresses in the History of Television

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1,901 897
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

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1,262 1,008
Mike Seaver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Mike Seaver Growing Pains

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1,259 968
Brad Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Brad Taylor Home Improvement

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1,238 591
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
freelancerrh added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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1,457 746
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Darlene Conner Roseanne

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1,220 659
Fez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Fez That '70s Show

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1,251 869
Marcia Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Marcia Brady The Brady Bunch

The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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A.C. Slater is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added A.C. Slater Saved by the Bell

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1,317 449
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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1,009 830
Mary Camden-Rivera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
AdeleProsto added Mary Camden-Rivera 7th Heaven

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1,309 716
Raven Symone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
JamaalKeeton added Raven Symone Thats so Raven, The Cosby Show

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901 994
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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727 927
ALF is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
SherriBC added ALF ALF

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1,051 986
Lucy Camden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Lucy Camden 7th Heaven

The Best Korean Variety Shows On Netflix

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1,035 601
Donna Pinciotti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Donna Pinciotti That '70s Show

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962 636
Eric Foreman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Eric Foreman That 70's Show

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946 958
Opie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Opie Taylor The Andy Griffith Show

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1,004 932
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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826 948
Joey Potter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Joey Potter Dawson's Creek

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751 766
Laura Winslow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Laura Winslow Family Matters

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876 529
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
SherriBC added Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D. - Doogie Howser MD

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271 208
Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Malcolm Malcolm in the Middle