I’m guessing it’s tough to grow up being a single child. I mean all you have is your parents? That’s gotta suck. I know that God willing when I have children that I hope I can provide the first child with a brother or a sister. And that also translates onto television.
I mean how often do you see single child families? Not too often. Which is why it’s great that TV shows insert a bunch of kids who have funny dynamics just like in real life.
Some shows do it better than others. Here are the 10 best casted siblings in TV sitcom history….
Niles and Frasier Crane – Frasier
For the sheer fact that these two actually look and talk like brothers in real life. Honestly it never got better than this on television. To this day I’m still in awe about how much these guys are alike.
Kevin and Wayne Arnold – The Wonder Years
No better display of big brother/little brother took place than on The Wonder Years. Wayne was such a prick that it was awesome. It got worse when they became older and got along better. I’m not counting the sister here.
Kelly and Bud Bundy – Married with Children
These two managed to jab at each other for the entire run of the show. A feat that will not be matched. It all went to shit once that Seven kid showed up.
The Huxtable Kids (Except Sandra) – The Cosby Show
Like I said, except for Sandra, this was a flawless family.
Ross and Monica – Friends
I never really liked the show but it’s not often that you just see a brother/sister pair on a sitcom. Also, it’s nice to see a kids dynamic in adults which Ross and Monica definitely had.
Michael, Lindsay, Gob, Buster, Bluth – Arrested Development
Jesus Christ I could write an entire article about this clan but let’s just say you guys agree here Good.
Alex, Mallory, Jennifer – Family Ties
It was really Alex that made this crew but Mallory was pretty awesome. Jennifer was useless but still fun in her younger days. But I have to say the combo of Fox and Bateman really kicked as on this show. And no I’m not including Brian Bonsall.
The Bradford Clan – Eight is Enough
Too old for my time but too many people have told me I had to add them.
The Brady Bunch – The Brady Bunch
Come on. You think I’d leave them out?
Raymond and Robert Barone – Everyone Loves Raymond
When you put a giant cop next to his little brother who he’s completely jealous of you have a good formula. And it definitely worked with these guys. I don’t put this show up there with the likes of other greats but I did love watching these guys jab back and forth.
*P.S. I refuse to add Two and a Half Men.
Other notables: Wally and the Beaver, Full House Girls, My Three Sons, Happy Days, Charles in Charge