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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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230 108
Michelle Tanner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Full House

2
200 92
Maggie Simpson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Simpsons

3
197 113
Rudy Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Cosby Show

4
209 115
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Family Guy

5
140 90
Beaver Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Leave It to Beaver

6
90 54
Arnold Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History

7
137 86
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Wonder Years

8
136 89
Dewey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

9
103 51
Charlie Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Good Luck Charlie

10
88 117
Ike Broflovski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
South Park

11
159 58
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Addams Family

12
90 86
Luke Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Modern Family

13
94 88
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

14
132 87
Ashley Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

15
84 64
Baby Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
liriodendron added Baby Sinclair Dinosaurs

16
116 70
Theodore Seville is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Theodore Seville Alvin and the Chipmunks

17
37 41
Stan Marsh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Tom Islava added South Park

18
65 85
Elizabeth Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elizabeth Walton The Waltons

19
97 65
Elroy Jetson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Elroy Jetson The Jetsons

20
98 91
Brick Heck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
The Middle

21
72 80
Ruthie Camden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
7th Heaven

22
79 88
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
60 60
Zuri Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Shego added Zuri Ross

24
67 84
Louis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Even Stevens

25
68 86
D.J. Conner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Youngest Children in TV History
Roseanne