Can You Name These TV Show Parents?

Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

When it comes to television, some of the most popular shows were ones which were centered around families. Every decade, these shows portrayed the day to day struggles that many families faced which in some ways reminded us of our very own upbringing. 

While the children played an integral role, it was the parents (in most of the shows) who stood out. While a few of the shows went to the extreme with their portrayal of parents, many of them were spot on in their depictions. While they weren't all model parents, they all had some effect on the people that their children turned out to be.

Some of the most well-known parents include Joyce Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roseanne Conner from Roseanne, Rainbow & Dre Johnson from Black-ish, Sandy and Kirsten Cohen from the OC, Hiram and Hermione Lodge from Riverdale and Cameron and Mitchell from Modern Family. 

If you were given images of some of the most popular parents on television, would you be able to guess who they were or what show they came from? Well, if you are a pop culture fanatic who has watched tons of television shows, this is the quiz for you. Take it to see how well you know your TV parents!

What blue-collar workers were parents to Becky, Darlene and D.J.?

Dan and Roseanne Conner were a drywall installer and waitress. They were played by Roseanne Barr and John Goodman.

What ex-hippies were parents to Alex, Mallory and Jennifer?

Steven and Elyse Keaton were liberal baby boomers, played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter. The show is "Family Ties."

What manager and housewife were parents to Kevin, Karen and Wayne?

Jack and Norma Arnold were played by Dan Lauria and Alley Mills.

What lovely lady and fellow were the parents of six children - three boys and three girls?

Mike and Carol Brady parented their brood in a '70s split-level with help from housekeeper Alice.

What high-powered couple were parents to Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Rudy and Vanessa?

Cliff and Clair Huxtable of "he Cosby Show" were played by Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad.

What two dads are parents to Lily?

Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett are played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The show is "Modern Family."

Which TV parents are raising Mike, Carol, Ben and Chrissy?

Jason and Maggie Seaver of "Growing Pains" were played by Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

What single parent has help raising D.J., Stephanie and Michelle in San Francisco?

Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, gets help from Uncle Jesse, Joey, and Becky.

What "Happy Days" characters are parents to Richie and Joanie?

The characters of Howard and Marion Cunningham were played by Tom Bosley and Marion Ross. They had an older son named Chuck who only appeared in the first two seasons.

What "Tool Time" parents were raising three boys: Brad, Randy and Mark?

Tim and Jill Taylor, of "Home Improvement," were played by Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson.

What single parent is mother to Rory?

Lorelai Gilmore was played by Lauren Graham. The character of Rory was played by Alexis Bledel.

What single dad is raising Carl and Judith in a bleak world?

Rick Grimes of the "Walking Dead" is played by Andrew Lincoln. The character of Carl is played by Chandler Riggs.

What wintry power couple are parents to Jon, Sansa, Arya, Robb, Bran and Rickon.

Ned and Catelyn Stark, of the "Game of Thrones," are played by Sean Bean and Michelle Fairley. They are the heads of House Stark.

What TV parents have adult children named Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia?

On "Parenthood," Zeek and Camille Braverman are played by Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia. Ron Howard is the show's executive producer.

What "Modern Family" parents are raising Haley, Alex and Luke?

Phil and Claire Dunphy are played by Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen. The family lives in Los Angeles.

What TV parents are raising Haddie and Max Braverman, who is autistic?

Adam and Kristina Braverman are played by Peter Krause and Monica Potter. Haddie and Max are played by Sarah Ramos and Max Burkholder.

Who do Kelly and Bud call Mom and Dad?

On "Married with Children," Al and Peggy Bundy were played by Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal. They both now play parents on "Modern Family" and "Sons of Anarchy," respectively.

What mom and dad are parents to Axl, Sue and Brick?

Mike and Frankie Heck, of "The Middle," are played by Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton.

What classic TV parents were raising two boys: Wally and The Beaver?

Ward and June Cleaver of "Leave it to Beaver" were played by Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley. Billingsley was named one of Yahoo's top TV moms.

Gloria Stivic called which TV parents Dad and Mom?

On "All in the Family," Archie and Edith Bunker were played by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton. Sally Struthers played Gloria.

What futuristic parents were raising Judy and Elroy?

The characters of George and Jane Jetson of "The Jetsons" were voiced by George O'Hanlon and Penny Singleton. Judy and Elroy were voiced by Janet Waldo and Daws Butler.

Who do Meg, Chris and Stewie call Dad and Mom?

The characters of Peter and Lois Griffin are voiced by Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein. "Family Guy" was also created by Seth MacFarlane.

Bart, Lisa and Maggie call what TV parents Mom and Dad?

The characters of Homer and Marge Simpson are voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner. Both also lend their voices to other characters on the show.

What two "Friends" are parents to Emma?

The characters of Ross Geller and Rachel Green were played by David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston. Aniston's father, John Aniston, was on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives."

What "Bewitched" parents are raising Tabitha and Adam?

The characters of Darrin and Samantha Stephens were played by Dick York/Dick Sargent and Elizabeth Montgomery. The show ran from 1964 to 1972.

Who were the parents of Meadow and A.J.?

Tony and Carmella Soprano of "The Sopranos" were played by James Gandolfini and Edie Falco.

What coach and guidance counselor are raising daughter Julie?

The characters of Eric and Tami Taylor on "Friday Night Lights" were played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Britton also starred in "American Horror Story" and "Nashville."

What parents have a strained relationship with their daughter, Lorelai?

The characters of Richard and Emily Gilmore are played by Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop. Bishop also starred in the original "Dirty Dancing."

What Viking parents are Mom and Dad to Bjorn and Gyda?

Ragnar and Lagertha Lothbrok are played by Travis Fimmel and Katheryn Winnick. "Vikings" premiered on the History Channel in 2013.

Little Ricky calls what two characters parents?

Ricky and Lucy Ricardo were played by real-life marrieds Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.

What TV dad was raising his son, Opie, with the help of Aunt Bee?

The role of Andy Taylor was played by Andy Griffith. The role of Opie was played by a young Ron Howard, later of "Happy Days" fame.

What May/December parents are raising Manny and Joe on "Modern Family"?

Jay and Gloria Pritchett are played by Ed O'Neill and Sofía Vergara. O'Neill also played TV dad Al Bundy on "Married with Children."

What junk dealer raised son Lamont?

Fred Sanford, of "Sanford and Son," raised son Lamont with deceased wife Elizabeth. The character of Fred Sanford was played by Redd Foxx.

What TV parents are raising Ally and twins Michael and Geoffrey on Long Island?

On "Everybody Loves Raymond," Ray and Debra Barone were played by Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton. Heaton plays another mother on "The Middle."

Who do Eric and Laurie of "That '70s Show" call Dad and Mom?

Red and Kitty Forman were played by Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp. The show also starred Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Laura Prepon.

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