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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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246 119
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House
2
215 102
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons
3
208 123
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show
4
226 127
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy
5
144 99
Beaver Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver
6
145 92
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years
7
95 62
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
8
143 96
Dewey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle
9
113 57
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie
10
94 128
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park
11
169 62
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family
12
100 92
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family
13
126 73
Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks
14
93 70
Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs
15
139 93
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
16
97 96
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
70 90
Elizabeth Walton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elizabeth Walton The Waltons
18
40 50
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park
19
104 69
Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons
20
104 95
Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle
21
76 84
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven
22
81 94
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
73 89
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Even Stevens
24
75 90
D.J. Conner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Roseanne
25
63 68
Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross