Television has long featured shows that focus on the family unit. Relationships between family members can be interesting and complex, providing ample interesting material for a show. This has not gone unnoticed by writers who turn to families for inspiration time and again.
Of course, there is no one type of family. Over time, networks have changed the family structure in shows, depicting the newer family types as times have changed. Families are no longer traditional as they had been in “Leave It to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best.” The past 60 years of television have presented us with all types of families — families that with their flaws, uniqueness, and strengths have captured the hearts and minds of different viewers.
24/7 Wall St. has reviewed the most popular television shows to determine America’s 50 favorite TV families. The resulting list is based on the number of user ratings each show has received on the Internet Movie Database and the average number of page views each show’s Wikipedia page has received over the past two years. The list includes funny and serious family shows, as well as anything from animated series to reality TV.
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