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This is a list of the most memorable middle children from TV families. The list includes middle children from live action TV shows and animated TV families across all genres, ranging from family sitcom “Father Knows Best” to the Matt Groening animated series “The Simpsons” and the TNT SciFi series “Falling Skies.” Middle children, though often successful in real life, are often straight man foils for their TV siblings, and the middle child stereotype of being insecure and lacking identity is exaggerated to comic effect. Why do we find these characters so appealing? Maybe it’s because we identify with them, or possibly, it’s just the opposite: their middle child experience is so foreign to us that we are fascinated.

Some of the middle kids in these big TV families are model children ,some are rebels, and some are dysfunctional wrecks. This list runs from the sweet long-suffering middle child, like Gabe from “Good Luck, Charlie,” to the sharp-tongued and sarcastic Randy Taylor, played by teen heart throb Jonathan Taylor Thomas, in the 1990s TV series “Home Improvement,” to the vapid and neurotic Mallory Keaton – and who wouldn’t be neurotic next to Michael J’s Fox’s character Alex P. Keaton? - from the 1980s hit series “Family Ties.” Which is your favorite TV middle child? Which ones stand out in your memory? This list of greatest middle children in TV history is sure to take you on a trip down memory lane!
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Stephanie Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Stephanie Tanner Full House

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Malcolm Malcolm in the Middle

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Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch

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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Cory Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

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Alex Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Alex Dunphy Modern Family

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Randy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Randy Taylor Home Improvement

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Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Blowfish added Laura Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
GreivinLopezPaniagua added Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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Peter Brady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Peter Brady The Brady Bunch

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Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory

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Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Piper Halliwell Charmed

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Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Sue Heck The Middle

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Gabe Duncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Shego added Gabe Duncan

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Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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Kenny McCormick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Kenny McCormick South Park

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Danny Partridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Danny Partridge

The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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Mandy Baxter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
JVall14 added Mandy Baxter Last Man Standing

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Carrie Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carrie Ingalls

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Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Mitchell Biller added Gabriel

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Laura Winslow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Laura Winslow Family Matters

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Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

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Eliza Thornberry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Eliza Thornberry The Wild Thornberrys

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Kyra Hart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Kyra Hart Reba

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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Chip Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Chip Douglas My Three Sons

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Carol Seaver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Carol Seaver Growing Pains

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Lucy Camden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Lucy Camden 7th Heaven

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Alicia Lambert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Al Lambert Step by Step

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Erin Walton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Erin Walton The Waltons

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Stannis Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Stannis Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Ernie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Ernie Douglas My Three Sons

The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

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Luke Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Shego added Luke Ross

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Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

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Edith Crawley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Edith Crawley Downton Abbey

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Marry Camdon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
LianNakada added Marry Camdon 7th heaven

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Gene Belcher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Gene Belcher Bob's Burgers

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Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Sue Heck The Middle

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Wayne Arnold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Wayne Arnold The Wonder Years

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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Cleveland Brown, Jr is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Cleveland Brown, Jr The Cleveland Show

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Crosby Braverman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Crosby Braverman Parenthood

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Brighton Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Brighton Sheffield The Nanny

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Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

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Kerry Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Kerry Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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Eddard Stark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Dimos Dicoudis added Eddard Stark Game of Thrones

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Chris Griffin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Middle Children in TV History
Chris Griffin Family Guy