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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117 47
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
85 37
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

3
72 38
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
That '70s Show

4
76 43
Rory Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Gilmore Girls

5
73 37
Pebbles Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Flintstones

6
64 41
Opie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Andy Griffith Show

7
50 24
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

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52 38
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Doogie Howser, M.D.

9
34 16
Timmy Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tom Islava added The Fairly OddParents

10
49 31
Tabitha Stevens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Tabitha Stevens Bewitched

11
62 35
Bamm-Bamm Rubble is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Bamm-Bamm Rubble The Flintstones

12
62 37
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
That '70s Show

13
40 34
Eddie Munster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
The Munsters

14
41 40
Samantha Micelli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Who's the Boss?

15
57 48
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
South Park

16
51 35
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

17
31 23
Xander Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

18
29 22
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
camianna added Angel

19
48 43
Alexis Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Castle

20
49 39
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Family Matters

21
62 53
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Veronica Mars

22
52 43
Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace

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44 34
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Saved by the Bell

24
39 43
Henry Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
Once Upon a Time

25
35 29
Stiles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Only Children in TV History
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Teen Wolf