Entertainment The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History  

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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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191 92
Alex P. Keaton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Family Ties
2
136 45
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
ghost00 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation
3
83 71
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Happy Days
4
150 96
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Full House, Guest Star Day
5
90 89
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added Leo, Charmed
6
111 83
John-boy Walton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Waltons
7
140 114
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
8
94 87
Mike Seaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Growing Pains
9
110 89
Greg Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour
10
104 85
Mary Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Little House on the Prairie
11
112 96
Marcia Brady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour
12
75 101
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Good Times
13
83 80
Keith Partridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Keith Partridge The Partridge Family
14
89 94
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Game of Thrones
15
94 104
Denise Huxtable Kendall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show
16
97 78
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
17
56 68
Prue Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added
18
70 67
Bridget Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
8 Simple Rules
19
70 83
Matt Camden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
7th Heaven
20
26 23
Luke Duke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added The Dukes of Hazzard
21
54 78
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Family Matters
22
26 25
Bo Duke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added The Dukes, The Dukes of Hazzard
23
28 40
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
slaft added The Cosby Show
24
24 34
Kyle Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park
25
53 81
Dana Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
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