Can You Name the '80s or '90s TV Family From Their First Names?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you remember the name of the youngest Cosby daughter, or which Keaton was played by Michael J. Fox? Remember the name of Carl Winslow's lovely wife on "Family Matters," or the three Tanner girls from "Full House?" Is so, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz on family TV shows of the '80s and '90s!

Let's face it -- family life has ranked among the most popular TV show subjects since the very first black-and-white sets came out in the 1940s. Back then, people tuned in to keep up with the Ricardos on "I Love Lucy" or the Cleavers on "Leave it to Beaver." While family-themed shows remained popular over the next few decades as TV spread its wings, the family sitcom really hit its stride in the '80s.

Early TV families had a certain reputation to uphold -- think June Cleaver cleaning the house in heels and pearls, or TV moms and dads sleeping in separate beds -- but by the '80s and '90s, the TV family was finally allowed to get real. "The Cosby Show" was one of the most popular shows ever to feature a successful and intact African-American family. "Roseanne," "Married...with Children," and "The Simpsons" showed the dysfunctional side of things, and producers were no longer afraid to deal with "very special issues," including rape, drugs, and abuse.

Think you know the families of '80s and '90s TV shows better than many of your very own family members? Prove it with this quiz!

Tim, Jill, Randy, Brad, Mark =

"Home Improvement" is the '90s sitcom starring Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson. The former play parents Tim and Jill Taylor, raising their three sons. The series ran for 8 successful seasons from 1991 to 1999.


Carl, Harriet, Eddie, Laura, Judy =

"Family Matters" was a sitcom about a middle-class family living in Chicago. Starring Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, the series introduced the popular TV character, Steve Urkel, played by Jaleel White.


Raymond, Marie, Debra, Robert, Frank =

"Everybody Loves Raymond" is the fictional story of comedian, Ray Romano's life. The series stars the comedian, as well as Patricia Heaton as his wife. The show prefaces a sportswriter and his wife raising their family across the street from his overbearing parents.


George, Marsha, Kevin, Heather, Wesley =

"Mr. Belvedere" is the 1980 TV series that follows Christopher Hewitt as Mr. Belvedere. The show is about a butler working in the home of a family, the Owens. The series ran for 6 seasons from 1985 to 1990.


Arthur, D.W., David, Jane, Pal =

"Arthur" is an animated TV series that follows a young aardvark as well as his family, the Reads, and his friends. The series opened in 1994 and continues to air new episodes as recently as 2017.


Nick, Blossom, Joey, Tony =

"Blossom" is the 1990 series following Mayim Bialik as the title character. The series also starred Joey Lawrence and lasted 5 seasons before ending in 1995.


Carol, Dana, Karen, Mark =

A '90s version of the Brady Bunch, "Step by Step" was a TV sitcom that showed a blended family. Starring Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers, the latter played Carol Foster who married into the Lambert family.


Sabrina, Zelda, Hilda =

Starring Melissa Joan Hart, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," followed Sabrina Spellman, a young witch, who lived with her two aunts. The show first premiered in 1996 and lasted until 2003.


Eric, Annie, Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie =

"7th Heaven" is a 90s TV series about the Camden family. It follows father Eric Camden, a pastor, and his wife, as they raise their children. The series lasted for a whopping 11 seasons.


Arnold and Willis =

"Diff'rent Strokes" is the 1978 TV series that lasted until 1986. Starring Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman, and Todd Bridges, the series follows a rich man and his wife, who adopts two young boys from Harlem.


Walter, Ellen, Jamie, Sarah, Adams =

"Charles in Charge" is the 1984 sitcom about a young college student who signs up to be the live-in caretaker of a family's children. From 1987-1990, the series followed Charles as he tokk care of the Powell children.


Willie, Kate, Lynn, Brian =

"ALF" is the 1980s sitcom about an extra-terrestrial who begins living with a family, the Tanners. The series opened in 1986 and had four successful seasons before ending in 1990. The series starred Paul Fusco and Max Wright.


Cliff, Claire, Denis, Theo, Vanessa, Rudy =

"The Cosby Show" was a popular sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1992. Starring Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad, the show followed a doctor and lawyer raising their family in New York.


Frank, J.T., Al, Brendan =

A '90s version of the Brady Bunch, "Step by Step" was a TV sitcom that showed a blended family. Starring Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers, the former plays Frank Lambert who marries Carol Foster (Somers) and they proceed to raise their children together.


Al, Peggy, Kelly, Bud =

"Married... with Children" was a 1980s/1990s sitcom starring Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal. The duo was a shoe salesman and housewife, respectively, who were raising their two children. The sitcom ran for ten years.


Max, Maggie, Brighton, Grace =

"The Nanny" was a popular '90s sitcom that starred Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy. The former played a nanny who was hired by the latter to watch over his children. The series lasted six seasons and was nominated for many Emmy awards.


Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie =

One of the longest-running sitcoms ever, "The Simpsons", has been an active TV show since 1989. The series follows patriarch, Homer Simpson, and his wife Marge, as they raise their three young children.


Jason, Maggie, Mike, Carol, Ben =

Growing Pains is a popular sitcom from the 1980s. Starring Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns, the series follows the Seavers and their three children. The show lasted 7 seasons until its finale in 1992.


Monica, Ross, Jack, Judy =

"Friends" is a popular TV sitcom that debuted in the 1990s. Following 6 NYC friends, the show follows siblings, Monica and Ross Gellar, played by Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer, respectively.


Grace, Quentin, Libby, Patrick =

"Grace Under Fire" is a popular TV sitcom from the 1990s. Starring Brett Butler, the show follows a single mother, Grace, attempting to raise her three children after leaving an abusive marriage. The series ran for 5 seasons.


Tom, Abby, David, Mary, Joanie =

"Eight is Enough" is a TV sitcom that ran from 1977 to 1981. The series starred Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford, a father raising his 8 children.


Stan, Jill, Lila, Douglas, Jason =

"Charles in Charge" is a 1984 sitcom about a young college student who signs up to be the live-in caretaker of a family's children. In the beginning of the series, it follows Charles as he takes care of the Pembroke family.


Tommy, Dil, Angelica, Stu, Didi, Lou =

Rugrats is an animated TV show that follows Tommy Pickles and his group of friends. In this Nickelodeon show, the Pickles' house often serves as the backdrop for the kids' adventures. The series ran from 1991 to 1996.


Elyse, Steven, Alex, Mallory, Jennifer =

"Family Ties" is a 1980s sitcom starring Meredith Baxter-Birney as Elyse and Steven Keaton as Michael. They are raising their young children during the 70s. Michael J. Fox, who played Alex P. Keaton, received numerous Emmy awards for his role.


Eric, Red, Kitty, Laurie =

"That 70s Show" is a 1990s sitcom starring Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, and Ashton Kutcher. The series follows a group of friends as they come of age. Many of the scenes take place in the Foreman household.


Eugene and Katie =

"Benson" is a 1980s sitcom starring Robert Guillaume as the title character. He portrays a butler who works for the Gattling home, made of Governor Gattling and his daughter.


Charles, Caroline, Laura, Mary, Carrie =

"Little House on the Prairie" debuted in the 1970s before ending in 1982. The series was a period drama set 100 years prior. The series follows the Ingalls family as they raise their children.


Richie, Marion, Howard, Joanie =

"Happy Days" is a popular TV show that aired in the '70s/'80s. Starring Ron Howard, the TV show is centered around Ritchie Cunningham and his family. This series also introduced the popular TV character, Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler.


Phil, Vivian, Carlton, Hilary, Ashley =

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is a .popular '90s sitcom starring Will Smith and James Avery. The former plays a young high school student, who after getting into some trouble, is sent across the country to live with his wealthy relatives.


Kevin, Jack, Norma, Karen, Wayne =

"The Wonder Years" debuted in 1988 and lasted 6 seasons before its finale in 1993. The series starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, a young boy growing up 2 decades prior.


George, Louise, Lionel =

"The Jeffersons" is a TV sitcom starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford. A spin-off of "All in the Family," the series follows the Jeffersons, a family with a growing dry cleaner business. The series ran for 10 years with 11 seasons.


Danny, D.J., Stephanie, Michelle =

"Full House" debuted in 1987 and ran until 1995. Starring Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier, the latter two move into the Tanner household to help Danny Tanner (Saget) raise his three daughters.


Angela, Jonathan, Tony, Samantha =

"Who's the Boss?" is a 1980s sitcom that ran from 1984 until 1992. Starring Tony Danza, the show follows a man and his daughter (Micellis) who move into the Bower residence.


Eliza, Nigel, Debbie, Donnie, Marianne =

"The Wild Thornberrys" was an animated TV series that premiered on Nickelodeon in 1998. Ending in 2004, the series followed Eliza Thornberry and her family as they travel around the world exploring different animals.


Roseanne, Dan, D.J., Darlene, Becky =

"Roseanne" is a 1988 TV series that lasted until its finale in 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, the sitcom follows the Conners, a working-class family, as they raise their children.


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