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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212 101
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House

2
185 86
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons

3
188 100
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show

4
195 108
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy

5
133 81
Beaver Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver

6
80 46
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

7
127 78
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years

8
124 83
Dewey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

9
91 45
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie

10
86 102
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park

11
144 56
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family

12
123 80
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

13
34 32
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park

14
80 80
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family

15
106 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
84 84
Cindy Brady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour

17
72 59
Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs

18
62 79
Elizabeth Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elizabeth Walton The Waltons

19
88 63
Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons

20
91 86
Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle

21
66 74
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven

22
75 81
Bobby Brady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

23
55 52
Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross

24
64 74
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Even Stevens

25
26 19
Dil Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added All Grown Up!