We watch TV for many reasons. But identifying with families such as our own is one of our favorite past times.
For decades there have been television families that have won us over, whether they be on dramas or comedies; in black and white or color; live action or animated or simulating real life or; shall we say, special.
Some of our greatest families include single parents, dysfunctional extended families, aliens, singers, witches, drug dealers, mob bosses and more.
There are eight series alone that feature the word "family" in the title. A lot of actors find themselves on the list more than once, making you wonder if there's a special formula for TV greatness.
You tell us. Flip through the list and let us know if we missed your favorite TV family!
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.