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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209 101
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House

2
184 86
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons

3
187 100
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show

4
193 108
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
79 46
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

7
126 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
86 102
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park

10
90 45
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie

11
143 56
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family

12
34 32
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park

13
122 80
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

14
105 67
Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks

15
78 80
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family

16
83 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
75 81
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
65 74
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven

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!

26
22 19
Toby Duncan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Gabby Gellerman added Good Luck Charlie

27
61 81
D.J. Conner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Roseanne

28
53 75
Grace Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Nanny

29
64 76
Mark Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Home Improvement

30
63 76
Morgan Matthews is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Boy Meets World

31
82 67
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
That '70s Show

32
57 74
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Blossom

33
48 81
Judy Winslow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

34
42 75
Brian Tanner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Brian Tanner ALF

35
54 78
Matthew McGuire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Lizzie McGuire

36
18 19
Eve Baxter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
JVall14 added Last Man Standing

37
39 77
Mark Foster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Step by Step

38
67 65
Kady Kyle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Kady Kyle My Wife and Kids

39
44 88
Jennifer Keaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Ties

40
44 77
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

41
19 8
Lilo Pelekai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added Lilo & Stitch: The Series

42
43 83
Rickon Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Game of Thrones

43
7 6
Dawn Summers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

44
38 83
Chip Douglas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Chip Douglas My Three Sons

45
26 79
Claudia Salinger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Party of Five

46
24 80
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 33
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 32
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 38
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