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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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264 133
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House
2
233 110
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons
3
225 136
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show
4
238 138
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy
5
157 111
Beaver Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver
6
112 71
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7
160 101
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years
8
149 111
Dewey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle
9
119 69
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie
10
182 67
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family
11
99 138
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park
12
109 99
Cindy Brady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour
13
106 102
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family
14
151 100
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
15
100 79
Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs
16
129 84
Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks
17
112 76
Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons
18
73 102
Elizabeth Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elizabeth Walton The Waltons
19
43 60
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park
20
108 105
Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle
21
79 92
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven
22
87 100
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
79 98
D.J. Conner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Roseanne
24
67 75
Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross
25
74 100
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Even Stevens