Top 10 TV Families

Script written by Niki Neptune. They’re loving, caring, or just plain dysfunctional. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 TV families. For this list, we’re taking a look at those television families that have cracked us up, filled us with envy, or have made us more grateful for the loved ones already in our lives. Special thanks to our users PsychicPenguin12, Tyler Smith, redparatroopa, Matt Thornton, Paul Meier, Nicholas Aysen, sarahjessicaparkerth, Youdaman101, HonkyTonkBuffalo, zendaddy621, TEAMbravo935, Anthony Mayfield, aldqbigsquare, MultiPearl007, MikeyP, marisarevertt, Azimul Hussain, Erica Jones and Andrew A. Dennison for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 TV Families


They’re loving, caring, or just plain dysfunctional. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 TV families.

For this list, we’re taking a look at those television families that have cracked us up, filled us with envy, or have made us more grateful for the loved ones already in our lives.

#10: The Taylors
“Home Improvement” (1991-99)

With three boys, a wisecracking dad, and an equally sharp, but loving mom, this TV family had something for everyone. In addition to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s day-to-day antics and the endless patience of his wife, the three Taylor children developed their own unique identities, with their own unique problems and growing pains. In a household full of testosterone, there is still a great deal of tenderness and nuance underneath all the tough love.

#9: The Conners
“Roseanne” (1988-97)

They were the royal family of blue-collar nobility. As a lower-middle class family, their on-screen struggles resonated with a wide demographic. Watching the family persevere through hardships or revel in small triumphs, it was easy to see why the show was so popular. Underneath all the sarcasm and in spite of their various problems, they displayed a bond that can only come from surviving and enduring in the face of adversity.

#8: The Cleavers
“Leave It to Beaver” (1957-63)

Many consider them the quintessential example of an “All-American” family: the Cleavers were a safe, suburban bunch with a milquetoast lifestyle. With the adventures of one precocious young boy, Beaver, being the primary focus of the show, the Cleaver family was constantly central to almost every plot. Themes like “working hard” and “education” were primary to the show, making it pretty much a guideline for how to exist in suburbia.

#7: The Simpsons
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

This animated clan has all the makings of a “traditional” American family, with three kids, a housewife and the breadwinning father – but that’s where the parallels end. For the most part, this nuclear family is anything but conventional. Between Homer’s constant bumbling, Bart’s perpetual mischievousness, Lisa’s highbrow intellectualism, and Marge as the steadfast matriarch, the family members have stuck to their roles over the decades.

#6: The Tanners
“Full House” (1987-95)

Three grown men raising three young girls in the hills of San Francisco seems reasonable, particularly when one is a musician and the other is a comedian….right? Although it may have seemed avant-garde, the show’s themes weren’t that unconventional. With the help of his two pals, a widower and his daughters live their lives together, and it’s the love in the household that makes the scenario more believable.

#5: The Banks
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-96)

After moving to a high-end suburb to live with his wealthy extended family, Will Smith plays….Will Smith: a street-smart Philly teen. While the show centers on his “fish-out-of-water” adjustment to his affluent, and somewhat sheltered family, the entire Banks clan is grounded in their appreciation – or not – for Will. The family evolves together, and in spite of butting heads, they evolve and grow thanks in part to Will’s presence.

#4: The Seavers
“Growing Pains” (1985-92)

This All-American family had a teen heartthrob, a do-gooder sister, a “con-artist” brother, and an infant that morphed into a 6-year-old within two seasons. Add to that a psychiatrist father with an at-home practice and a busy journalist for a mom, and the show was chock-full of family friendly shenanigans.

#3: The Bradys
“The Brady Bunch” (1969-74)

Having a blended family on TV was a bold move for the ‘60s. The eight-member family, which included six children and two adults, was comprised of a widower and his three sons and a single mom and her three daughters. Add in their wry housekeeper and the Brady family wasn’t exactly an example of Americana, but it was a glimpse into how the American family dynamic was shifting.

#2: The Keatons
“Family Ties” (1982-89)

Who knew ex-hippies with a conservative kid would make for good primetime TV? Clearly the producers did, and the relationship of a family politically at odds with their own children is the heart of the series. Despite their differences, however, this TV family manages to stay dedicated to each other, even in the depths of the Reagan era.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- The Flintstones “The Flintstones” (1960-66)
- The Bunkers “All in the Family” (1971-79)
- The Arnolds “The Wonder Years” (1988-93)
- The Griffins “Family Guy” (1999-)
- The Wilkersons “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000-06)
- The Drummonds “Diff’rent Strokes” (1978-85)
- The Jeffersons “The Jeffersons” (1975-85)

#1: The Huxtables
“The Cosby Show” (1984-92)

The Huxtable family forever changed the landscape of American sitcom television. This well-to-do Brooklyn based family set the groundwork for future family sitcoms, representing a wholesome, well-structured and diverse unit. The epitome of charm and baby-soft humor, the Huxtables represented a different version of the American dream with their five kids, attorney mother and physician father in the crazy sweaters.

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