Family TV Shows Through the Years…

Let’s take a brief look back in time at some of the the great family entertaining TV shows spanning from the 1970’s to present day.

Family television shows have been around since the last century, it has brought joy to the faces of its viewers, it is the perfect time when a simple family can come together as a whole and enjoy a television program, fine it cannot replace the significance of face- face communication, but it creates a situation whereby a conversation can be initiated. In the united states, sitcoms are aired either daily or weekly for a time length of 30 minutes, the actual show takes 22 minutes and the remaining 8 minutes is for commercials. Here are some of the most famous American sitcoms that have brought joy and laughter to families all over the world.

The Cosby show

This American sitcom which starred stand-up comedian Bill Cosby, aired on the NBC television network from 1984-1992, it was widely considered as the TV’s biggest hit in the 1980s. There was another sitcom called ?A Different-world’ which was a spin-off from the Cosby show and it was aired for 6 six seasons from 1987- 1993.

The Cosby show was based on the Huxtable family, which was a upper middle-class African-American family living in New York, There was the father, cliff Huxtable who was a doctor and the mother Clair Huxtable who was an attorney and the children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy, Theo was the only boy among the kids and he was dyslexic.

Michael Jordan & Rudy, The Cosby Show

Arrested Development

Arrested Development originally aired 3 seasons on Fox television network from 2003 to 2006, on May 2013, a fourth season of fifteen episodes was released on Netflix. The show was created by Mitchell Hurwitz and stars Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth. The sitcom received one golden globe award, six primetime Emmy awards and was listed by the Time magazine as one of the “ALL-TIME 100 TV shows”. In 2011, IGN named Arrested Development as the “funniest show of all time”

Arrested Development, Season 1 Promo

Modern family

Modern family started airing on the ABC television network from September 2009 till the eighth season which premiered on September 2016, it has aired for eight seasons and has 175 episodes. The television show stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett who lives in Suburban Los Angeles with his family which includes his second wife, his step-son, his two adult children, their spouses and children. Modern family won the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy series five times on a row and also the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting actor in a Comedy series four times, twice for Ty Burrell and twice for Eric Stonestreet.

The Cast of Modern Family

The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons was broadcasted on the CBS television network from January 1975 to July 1985, it lasted for 11 seasons and a sum total of 253 episodes. The Jeffersons is considered as one of the longest-running sitcoms in the history of American Television. The Jeffersons stars Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as George and Louise Jefferson who moved from Queens to Manhattan after the success of George’s dry-cleaning business. The sitcom was premiered as a spin-off to “All in the Family”. The Jeffersons ended in controversy after it was suddenly cancelled by CBS television network without allowing a proper series finale to be aired.

Here is Episode 1, Season 1, The Jeffersons:

Everybody loves Raymond

Everybody loves Raymond was an American sitcom that was aired on the CBS network from September 1996 to May 2005, it aired nine seasons and 210 episodes. The sitcoms stars Ray Romano as Raymond Barone who was a journalist, he appears to be always care-free taking many things for granted and joking at almost every opportunity he got irrespective of how troubling or serious the matter appears to be. Everybody loves Raymond was always a top 10 show all through the years it was aired on the CBS network

Everybody Loves Raymond

Happy days

Happy days was an American sitcom that aired from January 1974 to September 1984 spanning over eleven seasons and 255 episodes. The show was created by Garry Marshall and starred actors like Ron Howard, Marion moss and Anson Williams. The sitcom was produced by Miller-Milkis productions and Henderson Productions. The sitcom is about a teenager called Richie Cunningham and his family, his father Howard, his mother Marion, his brother Chuck, his sister Joanie and his best friend Arthur Fonzarelli.

Fonzie is upset over his wrecked motorcycle

The Fresh Prince of Bel-air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air created by Andy Borowitz was aired from September 1990 to May 1996 by NBC television Network, it aired 148 episodes for 6 seasons. The television show stars will smith, a teenager from Philadelphia who had to go and live with his uncle and aunt in bel-air after he got into a fight in a basketball court. The sitcom shows the challenges he faced due to a difference and non-compatibility of lifestyles between him and his new relatives.

Check out some of the funniest Will Smith moments from the Fresh Prince of Bel-air:


Soap was a sitcom that ran on ABC television network from September 1977 to April 1980, it aired about 85 episodes for four seasons. The sitcom was created as a parody for soap operas that were aired earlier in the day, the sitcom was in a serial format just like soap operas. The sitcom included scenes and plots like demonic possession, kidnapping, alien abduction and murders. The show was listed in Time magazine’s “100 best TV Shows of All-TIME” in 2007. The sitcom was created by Susan Harris and starred Cathryn Damon, Katherine Helmond, Robert Mandan and Donnelly Rhodes.

Cast of TV Show Soap

Family ties

Family ties aired on NBC television networks 168 episodes for 7 seasons from September 1982 to May 1989. The show which was created by Gary David Goldberg illustrates the shift from cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. The show won three Emmy awards for Michael J. Fox as outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

TV Show – Family Ties

Different Strokes

Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato starred as children in Different Strokes, it reflects on issues involving child- abuse, racism, pedophilia and drug-abuse. Different Strokes aired on NBC television network for 8 seasons from November 1978 to May 1985 airing 189 episodes. The sitcom starred Gary Coleman (Arnold Jackson) and Todd bridges (Willis Jackson) as two young African-American boys who went to live with a rich widower and his daughter following the death of their mother. the sitcom was created by Jeff Harris and written by Ben Starr.

Gary Coleman – Star of Different Strokes

These are some of the most iconic family tv shows that has brought smile to viewers faces since the last century, there are also some sitcoms that are more recent like silicon valley, last man on earth , two broke girls etc.

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