Best TV Characters The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History  

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List Rules Best baby-of-the-family TV characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cindy Brady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Cindy Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grace Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Grace Sheffield The Nanny

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Mark Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Mark Taylor Home Improvement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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