10 Best Family Shows

TV shows about families can give us a well-deserved break from our own families and hectic life. Each generation has their own favorite family shows with different value sets, but despite those differences, those 10 family shows are among the best all-time TV series:

1. The Brady Bunch

This American sitcom ran from 1969 to 1974 on ABC. Sherwood Schwartz created what came to be known as the last traditional old-style family sitcom that went on for five seasons and then went into syndication in 1975. The series revolved around a large blended family with six kids.

2. The Waltons

American television series were created by Earl Hamner Jr. and based on his book Spencer's Mountain. There was also a film of the same name in 1963. The series are about a family that lived in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and WW II. The show started with a pilot, titled The Homecoming: A Christmas Story in 1971.

3. Little House on the Prairie

This beloved around the world American Western drama series starred Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, and Karen Grassle. The store revolves around the family living on a rural farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota around 1870s and 1880s. The show closely follows Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography book Little House.

4. The Wonder Years

Neil Marlens and Carol Black created this dramedy show in 1988. It ran on ABC until 1993. The show was very highly rated and watched all over America. It held a spot on Nielsen Top 30 with four out of six seasons. The show is also considered to be one of 20 best 1980s TV shows.

5. Family Ties

The sitcom ran on NBC from 1982 to 1989. The show closely followed current political and social situation that was taking place in The United States between 1960s and 1980s. The values were changing and cultural liberalism was replaced by the conservatism. These timely events were perfectly reflected in the relationship between a young Republican Alex P. Keaton and his parents Steven and Elise, who were hippies in their youth.

6. Everybody Loves Raymond

The show's stars are Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garret, and Monica Horan. The show ran from 1996 to 2005 on CBS. It was loved and stayed close to reality because many episodes came from real-life situations as experienced by show's creator Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, and the entire writing staff.

7. The Cosby Show

Before Bill Cosby became known for women abuse, he was the star of The Cosby Show. It ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC for eight seasons. Huxtable family was the focus of the show. They were African-American upper-middle class family living in Brooklyn, New York. The show was definitely the best in the '80s and helped NBC to stay relevant and profitable.

8. Happy Days

The show was very popular and ran from 1974 to 1984, the entire decade, on CBS. Very few shows today can achieve anything similar. Garry Marshal created a world that was an idealized version of life in the 1950s and 1960s U.S. Paramount Television produced the show together with Miller-Milkis and Henderson Productions. Happy days is one of the highest rated shows in the '70s.

9. All in the Family

The show was broadcast in January 12, 1971. It went on for eight years and then transformed into Archie Bunker's Place, a continuation of the original show that was on TV for four more years. Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin produced the show and its stars, like Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, and Rob Reiner. The show was about a working-class bigot and the lives of his family members.

10. Home Improvement

Tim Allen was the star of the show that lasted from 1991 to 1999. Creators Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, and David McFadzean made a show that was one the most popular family TV show in the 1990s and launched careers of Tim Allen and Pamela Anderson. She was part of the show during the first two seasons. The show won multiple awards and captured many hearts in America during its run and beyond.