TV's 20 Most Beloved Family-Friendly Dramas Ever

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1.
The Waltons (1971 TV Series)
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II. (60 mins.)
“ Almost 40 years after its debut, fans are still saying "Goodnight, John-Boy." ” - tbell1826
 
2.
7th Heaven (1996 TV Series)
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This weekly television series follows the Camden family as the minister father and stay-at-home mother deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own. The friends, neighbors, and love interests of the various members of the family weigh heavily on the plot of the series, which seeks to address a real-life issue with each episode. (60 mins.)
 
3.
Little House on the Prairie (1974 TV Series)
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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. (60 mins.)
 
4.
Lassie (1954 TV Series)
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The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie. (30 mins.)
“ Nearly 60 years later, everyone still loves Lassie. ” - tbell1826
 
5.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. (49 mins.)
“ We still love the Cartwrights after all these years. ” - tbell1826
 
6.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993 TV Series)
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The trials and adventures of a female doctor in a small wild west town. (60 mins.)
“ The wildly popular show starring Jane Seymour as Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a doctor in the Wild West. ” - tbell1826
 
7.
Touched by an Angel (1994 TV Series)
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Monica, Tess, and Andrew are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them. (60 mins.)
 
8.
Highway to Heaven (1984 TV Series)
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A probationary angel sent back to earth teams with an ex-cop to help people. (60 mins.)
 
9.
Life Goes On (1989 TV Series)
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A TV-series about the life of the Thatchers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming)... (60 mins.)
“ The first show ever to feature a regular character with Down's syndrome, and the first ever to feature a regular character who is HIV-positive. ” - tbell1826
 
10.
I'll Fly Away (1991 TV Series)
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Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing... (60 mins.)
“ This series, which lasted only two seasons, starred future "Law & Order" actor Sam Waterston as a widowed white lawyer raising his three children with the help of their African-American housekeeper in the Deep South during the 1950s. ” - tbell1826
 
11.
Eight Is Enough (1977 TV Series)
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This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children. (60 mins.)
“ Before the Gosselins and the Duggers, there were the Bradfords. ” - tbell1826
 
12.
Party of Five (1994 TV Series)
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Five siblings are left to find their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver... (60 mins.)
“ It's basically "The Waltons," but without the parents. ” - tbell1826
 
13.
Christy (1994 TV Series)
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Based on the bestseller by Catherine Marshall, Christy tells the story of an idealistic nineteen year... (60 mins.)
 
14.
Picket Fences (1992 TV Series)
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An aging sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes. (120 mins.)
“ This Emmy-winning drama, created by the super-talented David E. Kelley, centers on the Brocks and other offbeat citizens of the fictional town of Rome, Wisconsin. ” - tbell1826
 
15.
Family (1976 TV Series)
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The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California. (60 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
16.
Promised Land (1996 TV Series)
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When Russell Greene loses his job, he decides to go on the road with his family. So he gathers his wife... (60 mins.)
Director: Martha Mitchell
“ A "Touched by an Angel" spin-off in which Gerald McRaney's character travels cross-country with his family in order to help people in need. ” - tbell1826
 
17.
Doc (2001 TV Series)
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Follows the adventures of a doctor in his hospital and with his friends and family. (60 mins.)
“ Billy Ray Cyrus (Miley's dad) was wonderful as a country doctor moving to the big city in this unforgettable yet underrated show. ” - tbell1826
 
18.
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002 TV Series)
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Based on a true story, Sue Thomas:F.B.Eye follows the adventures of Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington... (60 mins.)
 
19.
Our House (1986 TV Series)
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Following the death of his son, Gus Witherspoon takes in his daughter-in-law and his three grandchildren to live with him. Adjustment to the new arrangement is not easy on any of them. (60 mins.)
“ It stars Wilford Brimley, of "Cocoon" and the Quaker Oats commercials fame, as the curmudgeonly patriarch of the Witherspoon family and Deidre Hall as his widowed daughter-in-law. It also features a young Shannen Doherty as the teenage granddaughter. ” - tbell1826
 
20.
Joan of Arcadia (2003 TV Series)
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Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi... (60 mins.)
“ The short-lived drama starring Amber Tamblyn as a teenage girl with the ability of seeing God. ” - tbell1826