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List Rules Eldest child characters in families of at least 3 from TV series

In the TV family hierarchy, the eldest child of the family bears a heavy burden on his or her shoulders. Whether a reluctant role model (Denise Huxtable, The Cosby Show) or the next King of the North (Robb Stark, Game of Thrones), the greatest oldest children in TV history have some essential qualities in common.

The best oldest children in TV history have a rebellious streak. As older brothers and sisters, the first child of the family has a responsibility to his or her siblings to push their parents’ limits to the breaking point. (Even Matt Camden (7th Heaven) sent his parents into fits when he eloped.) When their rebellion backfires – a là Greg Brady (The Brady Bunch) unsuccessfully hiding the school mascot in the attic – they sometimes find their parents will work with them instead of against them.

Of course the greatest oldest children have to cope with darker matter, as well. Protecting one’s mother from his father, the drug kingpin (Walter White, Jr., Breaking Bad), battling an addiction to uppers (Alex P. Keaton, Family Ties), and being Don and Betty Draper’s daughter (Sally Draper, Mad Men), are just a few of the difficult chores these firstborn have had to face.

Finally, the greatest oldest children in TV history – or, many of them – must leave the nest first, creating tearful goodbyes as well as awkward plot devices. Though Modern Family’s Haley Dunphy getting kicked out of college seemed perfectly plausible, other eldest children either saw their screen time evaporate (Haddie Braverman, Parenthood), or simply refused to age at all (Bart Simpson, The Simpsons).
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Alex P. Keaton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Alex P. Keaton Family Ties

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99 37
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
ghost00 added Dean Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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74 44
Richie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Richie Cunningham Happy Days

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127 71
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
D.J. Tanner Full House, Guest Star Day

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101 62
John-boy Walton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
John-boy Walton The Waltons

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127 91
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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82 82
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed

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97 74
Greg Brady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Greg Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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102 83
Marcia Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Marcia Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour

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71 92
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
J.J. Evans Good Times

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90 77
Mary Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Mary Ingalls Little House on the Prairie

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82 83
Mike Seaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Mike Seaver Growing Pains

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80 73
Keith Partridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Keith Partridge The Partridge Family

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89 91
Denise Huxtable Kendall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Denise Huxtable The Cosby Show

Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think

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84 87
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Robb Stark Game of Thrones

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83 72
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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50 60
Prue Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added Prue Halliwell

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62 60
Bridget Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Bridget Hennessy 8 Simple Rules

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64 77
Matt Camden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Matt Camden 7th Heaven

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52 69
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Eddie Winslow Family Matters

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25 31
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
slaft added Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Kyle Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Kyle Broflovski South Park

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20 17
Bo Duke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added Bo Duke The Dukes, The Dukes of Hazzard

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19 17
Luke Duke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added Luke Duke The Dukes of Hazzard

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49 76
Dana Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Dana Foster Step by Step

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57 73
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Becky Conner Roseanne

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61 56
Mike Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Mike Douglas My Three Sons

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47 64
Willis Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Willis Jackson Diff'rent Strokes

The Best Arrested Development Characters

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Brad Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Brad Taylor Home Improvement

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26 47
Laurie Foreman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Dismalhead added Laurie Foreman

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38 68
Karen Arnold is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Karen Arnold The Wonder Years

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PJ Duncan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Shego added PJ Duncan Good Luck Charlie

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41 63
Chris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Chris Everybody Hates Chris

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14 22
Robbie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
slaft added Robbie Douglas My Three Sons

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36 72
Charlie Salinger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Charlie Salinger Party of Five

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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15 9
Nani Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Nani Pelekai

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25 41
Francis Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
JacobMurray added Francis Wilkerson Malcolm in the Middle

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16 32
Emma Ross is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Shego added Emma Ross JESSIE

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26 34
Axl Redford Heck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Axl Redford Heck The Middle

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Maggie Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Maggie Sheffield the nanny

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45 88
Chris Griffin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Chris Griffin Family Guy

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9 26
Judy Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
slaft added Judy Robinson Lost in Space

Every Depiction of Physical Disability In US Television

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47 72
Haley Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Haley Smith American Dad

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22 38
Robbie Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Robbie Sinclair Dinosaurs

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20 37
Michael Kyle, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Michael Kyle, Jr. My Wife and Kids

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26 43
Maggie Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
sangredeargento added Maggie Sheffield the nanny - the nanny

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3 17
Kristin Baxter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
JVall14 added Kristin Baxter Last Man Standing

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17 37
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Lindsay Weir Freaks and Geeks

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17 37
Anthony Russo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Tony Russo Blossom

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16 38
Haddie Braverman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Haddie Braverman Parenthood