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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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Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons
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Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House
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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy
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Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show
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Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years
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Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family
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Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie
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Theodore Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver
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Dewey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle
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Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
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Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons
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Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Luke Dunphy Modern Family
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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
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Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs
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Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks
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Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross
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Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle
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Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park
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Bobby Brady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour
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Morgan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Boy Meets World
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Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Eric Forman That '70s Show
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Kady Kyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Kady Kyle My Wife and Kids
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Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park
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Dil Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added All Grown Up!