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The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV 

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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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Boy Meets World
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D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
D.J. Tanner Full House
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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Boy Meets World
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Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Full House
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Stephanie Tanner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Stephanie Tanner Full House
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Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Kelly Kapowski Saved by the Bell
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Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World
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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Saved by the Bell
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Lizzie McGuire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Lizzie McGuire
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Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
The Wonder Years
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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added Family Matters
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Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Married... with Children
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Randy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Home Improvement
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Michael Kelso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added That '70s Show
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Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
Darlene Conner Roseanne
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Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Winnie Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
The Wonder Years
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Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
The Cosby Show
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A.C. Slater is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
wiabux added Saved by the Bell
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Fez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
MichelleSimmons added That '70s Show
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Marcia Brady is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV
The Brady Bunch