Meet Fan Favourite TV Sitcom Families
Making a great TV sitcom isn't easy... Getting the right mix of comedy and emotion is a tough task but there have been a few great shows who have become commonplace in every household. From The Brady Bunch to Modern Family, we have narrowed down the most iconic and cherished family shows!
25. Little House on the Prairie: The Ingall Family
The seventies saw the starting of great TV families and this trend is still prominent today. One of the most loved is of course Little House on the Prairie. Following the family feuds and adventures was a favorite pastime of many audiences and this made the show one of a kind.
It was the especially exciting scenes between Laura and Nellie Oleson that stand out all these years later! What the cast members wore and how they spoke was often mimicked by fans of the show. Truth be told, many of the little girls around the country were wearing the famous Laura-like pigtails!
24. Happy Days: The Cunningham Family
The 1950s was more or less the timestamp for the invention of family sitcoms. Taking a nostalgic look back on the series, Happy Days proves that even in its infant stage, TV families were great fun! The Cunninghams were a traditional but eccentric family that dealt with big topics in a feel-good way!
23. The Waltons: The Walton Family
This American drama television series dealt with a little family in the rural parts of Virginia during a pretty historic time. That's right, they were living back in the Great Depression and World War II. Earl Hamner Jr's book "Spencer's Mountain" was the inspiration behind this riveting family show.
22. The Brady Bunch: The Brady Family
Who doesn't know about this beloved TV family?! They are of course the one and only Brady family. Since their days of pop-culture fame, this massive family show has gone on to gain spin-offs and movies! Not only did they dominate our watchlists but they also influenced fashion and music trends... Wow!
21. All in the Family: The Bunker Family
Lear and Bud Yorkin did a great job of transforming the great British sitcom Till Death Us Do into an American show... We know it as All in the Family and came to know and love it as its very own TV phenomenon. Fans of this series could not get enough of the cast.
From the snarky yet infectious characters like Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) to his doting wife, Edith (Jean Stapleton), every episode was a true treat for all of the audience members. Viewers were always laughing out loud after their show... We miss the Bunkers!
20. Roseanne: The Conner Family
For 9 whole seasons, we followed Roseanne and her family as their daily lives unfolded before our eyes. The Conner family became a mirror of many real-life situations and made the show extremely relatable to anyone watching. From the blue-collar jobs to the relationship tensions, Roseanne was remarkable!
One of the truly special aspects of the show was how viewers got to watch the cast members go through various phases of their lives. From dating to marriage and starting their own families... It was always a pleasure to catch up with the Conners. No wonder theirs was a popular and longlasting sitcom!
19. Father Knows Best: The Anderson Family
Did you know that this popular show actually started out as a radio program? "Father Knows Best" and the Andersons that came along with it were all the love viewers needed when watching a good sitcom. Although the show aired in the fifties, its great legacy is still remembered.
18. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Nelson Family
This TV sitcom family proved that family drama can all be resolved with some cookies and a good talk. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a great base for family shows that were to come. This feel-good storyline was a great way to introduces new audiences to this genre.
17. The Middle: The Heck Family
Patricia Heaton is somewhat of a TV family veteran. This won't be the last time you see her on this list... Her role as Frankie on The Middle is a truly hilarious one. Along with the rest of the comedic cast, we follow the marvelous adventures of her husband and their kids, Sue, Axl and Brick.
As they show off what it really means to be a middle-class family, we get a front-row seat to the humor that ensures. Their bond is clear and the wit of each persona always makes us laugh. The true brilliance of this show lies in the way viewers can honestly relate to the content.
16. The Simpsons: The Simpson Family
It's hard to believe that it has been over 30 seasons of the iconic "The Simpsons..." The daily happenings of Homer and the rest of his clan have been making audiences come back for more entertainment year after year. The show has managed to remain relevant after all this time and that is pretty impressive!
15. Black-ish: The Johnson Family
"Black-ish," has a few similarities to the "The Cosby Show" but this modern rendition of a quirky African-American family is special in its own ways. It deals with an immense amount of important and current issues and ultimately, the cast of Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are absolute stars!
14. Gilmore Girls: The Gilmore Family
Gilmore Girls might not be the normal idea of a "perfect family" but this duo shows us what true family love is. They are always looking out for the other and while they have disagreements with each other and the rest of their circle, the two main actresses are best friends. Awww!
13. Full House: The Tanner Family
You can actually take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and stream this funny family on Netflix right now! Full House was a truly iconic and overnight success; from the theme song to the cast, there was nothing we didn't like about the Tanners and their daily activities and drama. Maybe this will be your next binge-watch?
12. Everybody Loves Raymond: The Barone Family
The Barone Family (again featuring Patricia Heaton) was a dysfunctional yet funny bunch of people. The lines between these parents and their kids were often blurred and their comically odd relationships made us laugh without fail. From their iconic quirks, Everybody Loves Raymond has a very special place in our hearts and so does the great cast!
11. The Goldbergs: The Goldberg Family
Adam Goldberg actually created this show with a real-life family in mind! From the overbearing and committed mom to the occasionally lazy dad, their story was one that many people could relate to as well. We found solace in the Goldbergs who kept us entertained episode after episode.
10. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Banks Family
Will Smith and the rest of this stellar cast made our evenings so much better... We adored their shenanigans and the interesting lives of his extended family in the colorful Bel-Air. Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) also gave us a few great on-screen moments, including the greatest television dance routine of all time!
9. Married...With Children: The Bundy Family
The Bundys said hello to us back in 1987. They introduce a new type of family dynamic to our screens. Al and Peg had an intense union that made us tune in every week. Their kids also added to the drama and hilarious comedy. In fact, Kelly and Bud had questionable behavior but we can't deny their great humor!
8. Downton Abbey: The Crawley Family
Lord and Lady Grantham may be in a league of their own pertaining to social standings but their family had many similarities to any real-life bunch. Apart from the butlers and cooks, their family issues dealt with drama and everyday happenings. It was this storyline along with the added glitz of their status that made them so popular.
One of the stand-out characters has to be the one and only Maggie Smith. The veteran actress plays the family matriarch and Dowager with such wit and humor that its impossible not to giggle. Her snide comments and dry affection made for some of the best scenes of this beloved series!
7. This is Us: The Pearson Family
“This Is Us” pulls on our heartstrings almost every episode. The beautiful family shows true resilience and love. While they are not perfect, their characters’ personal dramas feel like our own and we cannot help but tune in week after week. The Pearson family has a special spot in all of the viewer's hearts.
6. Raising Hope: The Chance Family
This show is based on the premise that it sometimes takes a village to help bring up a child. Martha Plimpton is the show's teenage mother who gets help to raise her little one. What fans of the show loved was the unity between the Chance family and how they all worked together despite not having much.
5. The Osbournes: The Osbourne Family
The Osbournes gave us a reality TV show which was new to viewers. As we watched this real-life bunch go through the motions of life in the fast lane, we were all drawn into the drama and the thrill. We got to see rocker Ozzy and his family argue and reconcile every week.
While they all showed us some questionable attitudes, their story was also pretty funny. This series gave each of them the chance to make a name for themselves in the world. They also led the way for the vast array of reality shows that were still to come in the future.
4. 7th Heaven: The Camden Family
Reverend Eric Camden and his big family resided in Glenoak, California. As he and his wife Annie navigated their role as parents to seven kids, there was drama and lots of fun. The show was a hit and actually bagged a few awards like the Young Artist Awards in 1997 for the Best Family TV Drama Series!
3. Keeping Up With the Kardashians: The Kardashian-Jenner Family
They reign supreme as the most popular and successful reality-family royalty. We have watched the Kardashians and the Jenners become cultural influencers and coin what we know as “famous for being famous.” So what is about these elites that make them so relatable and well-loved?
Well, they might have heaps of money and fame but their family commitment and struggles are no different from ours. Fans of the show are drawn to the loud and intense drama but they are also drawn to the love between siblings and their dedicated momager mother, Kris.
2. Game Of Thrones: The Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, and Lannister Families
Game of Thrones became an American fantasy drama television series thanks to the book by George R.R Martin. The show displays moments of true family sacrifice and love. The characters of the various houses often disagree but this just adds to the pull factor of the show.
As the dynastic conflict for succession ensues, fans of the show were in the perfect position to watch fantasy families at their very best. While they are not the normal "family sitcom" they still represent family values and the series will probably remain legendary for decades to come.
1. Modern Family: The Dunphy and Pritchett Families
From its very first day on the air in 2009, the series was a hit. It brought fun and energy to our evening programming and we fell in love with the characters. From the Dunphys to the Prichett's, we were treated to immensely clever storylines week after week. The show is still going today!
The final season is currently rolling and we know it will be in syndication for many years to come. Fans of the show will most certainly miss their weekly check-in with the modern family who has become like second nature to them! A special mention has to go out to Cam and Mitch, they were true trailblazers!
What a rollercoaster ride through some of the great sitcoms to ever grace our screens... We feel like binge-watching one of these shows again soon! It's pretty tough to pick, but which TV family is your favorite? Leave us your comments and be sure to click that share button!