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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194 95
Alex P. Keaton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Family Ties
2
142 46
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
ghost00 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation
3
86 71
Richard Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Happy Days
4
152 100
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Full House, Guest Star Day
5
92 93
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added Leo, Charmed
6
142 116
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
7
111 87
John-boy Walton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Waltons
8
118 95
Marcia Brady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour
9
112 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
108 86
Mary Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Little House on the Prairie
11
95 90
Mike Seaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Growing Pains
12
76 103
J.J. Evans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Good Times
13
84 82
Keith Partridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Keith Partridge The Partridge Family
14
93 96
Robb Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Game of Thrones
15
101 78
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
16
95 106
Denise Huxtable Kendall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show
17
57 71
Prue Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
SlashLover added
18
70 70
Bridget Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
8 Simple Rules
19
70 86
Matt Camden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
7th Heaven
20
28 24
Luke Duke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added The Dukes of Hazzard
21
28 26
Bo Duke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
crystalbratcher5 added The Dukes, The Dukes of Hazzard
22
26 36
Kyle Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park
23
54 81
Eddie Winslow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
Family Matters
24
29 43
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
slaft added The Cosby Show
25
54 83
Dana Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Oldest Children in TV History
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