Fictional 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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113 42
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
79 33
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

3
69 33
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
That '70s Show

4
73 38
Rory Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Gilmore Girls

5
47 20
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

6
69 36
Pebbles Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Flintstones

7
60 40
Opie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Andy Griffith Show

8
52 34
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Doogie Howser, M.D.

9
60 34
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
That '70s Show

10
58 33
Bamm-Bamm Rubble is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Bamm-Bamm Rubble The Flintstones

11
41 36
Samantha Micelli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Who's the Boss?

12
29 15
Timmy Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added The Fairly OddParents

13
45 31
Tabitha Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tabitha Stevens Bewitched

14
56 45
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
South Park

15
38 33
Eddie Munster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Munsters

16
50 33
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

17
47 40
Alexis Castle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Castle

18
29 21
Xander Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

19
27 20
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Angel

20
62 50
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Veronica Mars

21
48 36
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Family Matters

22
43 31
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Saved by the Bell

23
50 40
Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace

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39 39
Henry Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Once Upon a Time

25
32 27
Stiles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
KhandeceGreen added Teen Wolf

26
31 38
Lily Tucker-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Modern Family

27
34 34
Penelope Brewster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Punky Brewster, It's Punky Brewster

28
28 27
Ricky Arnaz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ricky Arnaz I Love Lucy

29
38 40
Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History

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13 11
Bamm-Bamm Rubble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dimos Dicoudis added The Flintstones

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32 45
Jake Harper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Two and a Half Men

32
12 14
Paris Geller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dimos Dicoudis added Gilmore Girls

33
12 14
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

34
29 38
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King of the Hill

35
10 14
Timmy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added

36
17 28
Webster Long is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Webster

37
8 14
Jimmy Vulmer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added

38
21 35
George Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Arrested Development

39
17 29
Richie Petrie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Dick Van Dyke Show

40
11 31
Eddie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Courtship of Eddie's Father

41
15 30
Bay Kennish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Switched at Birth

42
17 33
Ritchie Campbell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ritchie Campbell The New Adventures of Old Christine

43
16 32
Maeby Fünke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Arrested Development

44
14 29
Jonathan Bower is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Who's the Boss?

45
2 10
Ricky Stratton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Ricky Stratton Silver Spoons

46
17 37
Donna Martin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Beverly Hills, 90210

47
18 39
Dawson Leery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dawson's Creek

48
11 28
Avery Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Murphy Brown

49
9 30
Daphne Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Daphne Vasquez Switched At Birth

50
9 31
Rayanne Graff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
My So-Called Life