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The Greatest Only Children in TV History

List RulesVote up your favorite only child TV characters who had no siblings.

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 the Vampire Slayer
  • 2
    110
    63

    Rory Gilmore

    Gilmore Girls
  • 3
    92
    54

    Sabrina Spellman

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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    88
    53

    Jackie Burkhart

    That '70s Show
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    64
    58

    Opie Taylor

    The Andy Griffith Show
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    Willow Rosenberg

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series
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    50

    Pebbles Flintstone

    The Flintstones
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    53
    49

    Fonzie

    Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
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    50
    43

    Lily Tucker-Pritchett

    Modern Family
  • 10
    45
    37

    Zachary 'Zack' Morris

    Saved by the Bell
  • 11
    53
    48

    Doogie Howser

    Doogie Howser, M.D.
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    59
    61

    Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars
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    47
    33
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    Stiles Stilinski

    Teen Wolf
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    50
    16
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  • 15
    64
    54

    Steven Hyde

    That '70s Show
  • 16
    50
    51

    Steve Urkel

    Family Matters
  • 17
    49
    43

    Tabitha Stevens

    Bewitched
  • 18
    48
    47

    Dennis the Menace

    Dennis the Menace
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    62
    37
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    Timmy Turner

    The Fairly OddParents
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    38
    39

    Punky Brewster

    Punky Brewster, It's Punky Brewster
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    40
    34
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    Xander Harris

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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    24
    10
    KayliCarr addedThat '70s Show
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    37
    33
    camianna addedAngel
  • 24
    50
    59
    South Park
  • 25
    36
    43
    The Munsters