TV characters The Greatest Only Children in TV History  

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The greatest only children in TV history have many talents, little competition for their parents’ affections, and – unless they are the title character of their respective shows – a lot of free time. Some only children bear great responsibilities, bestowed on them either by their parents (Veronica Mars) or a teenage serial-killer ghost (Violet Harmon, American Horror Story). Other great only children characters are short, towheaded maniacs who like to terrorize elderly neighbors (Dennis the Menace).

Only children on TV have the best of two worlds: They don’t have to share screen time with annoying siblings; plus, they usually get a pet. (Though, sadly, that pet will probably die to teach the only child about death.) TV moms and dads love to lecture only children about how the world works (Opie Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show), but turnabout is fair play, so sometimes only children get to deliver the lectures (Alexis Castle, Castle).

Life can be confusing for an only child, especially when he or she is adopted into a nontraditional family (Punky Brewster; Webster), is reunited with an estranged parent (Henry Mills, Once Upon a Time), has magical powers (Tabitha Stevens, Bewitched), or has a sexual deviant as a parent (Eric Cartman, South Park). Luckily, only children are usually of above-average intelligence, or might even be child prodigies (Doogie Howser, M.D).

The storylines for the best only children in TV history are as varied as the shows in which they star. Yet, they are all beloved, thanks to syndication, from one generation to the next.

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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Rory Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Rory Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

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Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

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Pebbles Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Pebbles Flintstone The Flintstones

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Opie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Opie Taylor The Andy Griffith Show

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Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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Bamm-Bamm Rubble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Bamm-Bamm Rubble The Flintstones

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Samantha Micelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Samantha Micelli Who's the Boss?

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Alexis Castle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Alexis Castle Castle

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Tabitha Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tabitha Stevens Bewitched

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Eddie Munster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Eddie Munster The Munsters

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Eric Cartman South Park

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Xander Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Xander Harris Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Timmy Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Timmy Turner The Fairly OddParents

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Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

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Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell

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Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Cordelia Chase Angel

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Henry Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Henry Mills Once Upon a Time

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Lily Tucker-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Lily Tucker-Pritchett Modern Family

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Ricky Arnaz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ricky Arnaz I Love Lucy

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Penelope Brewster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Punky Brewster Punky Brewster, It's Punky Brewster

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Stiles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
KhandeceGreen added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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Bamm-Bamm Rubble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dimos Dicoudis added Bamm-Bamm Rubble The Flintstones

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Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History

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Jake Harper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Jake Harper Two and a Half Men

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Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

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Bobby Hill King of the Hill

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Webster Long is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Webster Long Webster

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Paris Geller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dimos Dicoudis added Paris Geller Gilmore Girls

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Richie Petrie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Richie Petrie The Dick Van Dyke Show

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Timmy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Timmy

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George Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
George Michael Bluth Arrested Development

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Eddie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Eddie Corbett The Courtship of Eddie's Father

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Ritchie Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ritchie Campbell The New Adventures of Old Christine

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Maeby Fünke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Maeby Fünke Arrested Development

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Jimmy Vulmer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Jimmy Vulmer

The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History

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Bay Kennish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Bay Kennish Switched at Birth

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Ricky Stratton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ricky Stratton Silver Spoons

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Jonathan Bower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Jonathan Bower Who's the Boss?

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Donna Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Donna Martin Beverly Hills, 90210

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Dawson Leery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dawson Leery Dawson's Creek

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Avery Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Avery Brown Murphy Brown

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Rayanne Graff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Rayanne Graff My So-Called Life

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Daphne Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Daphne Vasquez Switched At Birth