Best TV Characters The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History  

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They’re cute, they’re cuddly, they spew catch phrases: They’re the greatest youngest children in TV history. Whether through fear of getting “clobbered” (Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver) or fear of misunderstanding what exactly Willis is talking about (Arnold Jackson, Diff’rent Strokes), these famous babies of the family are the characters through which we’ve learned valuable life lessons.

The greatest youngest children in TV history have become iconic for their antics, some as latter-day cautionary tales, often through the lens of “very special” episodes. TV’s youngest children might suffer the indignities of being treated like a baby, as Cindy Brady (The Brady Bunch) likes to complain; yet just as frequently they will outsmart their elders in unexpected and surprising ways. (We’re looking at you, Michelle Tanner (Full House).)

A few of the greatest youngest children in TV history have become signposts of a show’s decline, as if the showrunners of yesteryear decided that a chubby-cheeked addition was a talisman against cancellation. However, at least a handful of those late-series arrivals are some of the most beloved babies of the family (Chrissy Seaver, Growing Pains).

And let’s not limit our list of best babies to the three-dimensional kind. A good percentage of the greatest youngest children are of the animated variety. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy) and Maggie Simpson (The Simpsons) have both left an indelible impression in TV land, and on cartoon merchandising.

Whether rich or poor, boy or girl, live-action or animated, the greatest youngest children in TV history hold a special place in our hearts. Their innocence, adorableness, and ability to manipulate are virtues will be admired across generations and networks for decades to come.
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206 97
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House

2
179 83
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons

3
184 98
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show

4
189 104
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy

5
132 79
Beaver Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver

6
124 75
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years

7
76 45
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

8
118 83
Dewey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

9
86 44
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie

10
80 101
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park

11
139 54
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family

12
119 78
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

13
82 81
Cindy Brady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour

14
29 31
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park

15
100 67
Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks

16
61 77
Elizabeth Walton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elizabeth Walton The Waltons

17
71 79
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family

18
67 59
Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs

19
89 84
Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle

20
85 63
Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons

21
74 80
Bobby Brady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

22
64 73
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven

23
62 73
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Even Stevens

24
51 52
Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross

25
25 18
Dil Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added All Grown Up!

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22 16
Toby Duncan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Gabby Gellerman added Good Luck Charlie

27
58 80
D.J. Conner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Roseanne

28
62 74
Mark Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Home Improvement

29
50 74
Grace Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Nanny

30
61 75
Morgan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Boy Meets World

31
79 66
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
That '70s Show

32
47 80
Judy Winslow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

33
55 73
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Blossom

34
39 74
Brian Tanner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Brian Tanner ALF

35
17 18
Eve Baxter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
JVall14 added Last Man Standing

36
50 76
Matthew McGuire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Lizzie McGuire

37
38 76
Mark Foster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Step by Step

38
65 64
Kady Kyle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Kady Kyle My Wife and Kids

39
42 87
Jennifer Keaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Ties

40
43 76
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

41
42 81
Rickon Stark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Game of Thrones

42
15 8
Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Lilo & Stitch: The Series

43
38 81
Chip Douglas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Chip Douglas My Three Sons

44
4 5
Dawn Summers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

45
25 78
Claudia Salinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Party of Five

46
23 78
Wesley T. Owens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Wesley T. Owens Mr. Belvedere

47
5 32
Jessie Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
emilybeccalockwood added Jessie Williams Lily Kettle: The Dumping Ground

48
4 31
Lola Sonner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
emilybeccalockwood added Lola Sonner

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4 37
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