Television families date back to the beginning of TV. In the earliest days of television, these idealized families represented the traditional nuclear family—mother, father, children, and usually a dog or cat thrown in for good measure. As decades passed and television grew and evolved with families watching it, the small screen began to more accurately represent what real families looked like and how they were structured. While the families changed, the love for them has remained.
Using Play Like Mum research released in April 2021, Stacker presents the world’s top 25 TV families, ranked by search traffic over the past year from Google’s Keyword Planner. Click here for the full methodology.
The list includes the dysfunctional to the picture-perfect. These television families come from every decade and represent every type of family: the single-parenting one, the blended family, the Black American family, the animated family, the organized crime family, the extended family, the middle-class family, and the vampire family. Some families spark envy with their stable relationships and enviable cohesion, while others make us thankful that our own families do not have the same level of kooky dysfunction.
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