This Family Friendly TV Shows We Love contains a growing list of some of our favorite TV Series!
We have never watched a lot of TV, but over the years have bought up DVD sets (or borrowed them from the library first) of some classic TV Shows that encourage family values.
By far, The Waltons is one of our most dear TV series. We’ve purchased every season and regularly revisit the family that lived and worked and died on Walton’s Mountain. We even went so far as to visit the Walton’s Mountain Museum in Skylar Virginia – the home of Earl Hammner – the creator of the series.
The Walton series is full of family values, commitment, honesty, the value of hard work, and family fun. Watching the kids grow up from one season to the next is fun too.
This show is great for kids and families!
Watch this Hallmark show about the Walton’s Series with several of the actors telling stories.
Other Great Family-Friendly TV Shows
I Love Lucy
Lucy is a good-hearted, but conniving wife of a Cuban band leader (Ricky Ricardo) living in New York City. They live in an apartment building owned by Fred and Ethel Mertz. The Mertzs are Lucy and Ricky’s best friends.
The comedy is classic and the characters are lovable. Our kids loved watching this show with us.
There are so many hilarious episodes that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but here are two of the most famous clips from the show.
The show stars:
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, and Vivian Vance.
I Love Lucy ran for 6 seasons but is continuously being shown in reruns on a number of networks. But we bought a complete I Love Lucy DVD set of all seasons (less than $50), so we could watch it at our leisure.
Lucy and Ethel in the Chocolate Factory
Lucy doing a commercial for Vitametavegamin
Here is the link for the Lucy-Desi Museum.
My Three Sons
A great old series about a widowed father and his 3 sons. Steve Douglas (played by Fred MacMurray) is a wise, widower with 3 sons. The show is full of great gentle comedy with some exaggerated real-life situations.
The writing is amazing. This show ran for 12 seasons. You can watch the kids grow up, get married, and even see Steve Douglas finally get married and adopt a child with his new wife.
You can find the a collection of various seasons of My 3 Sons on Amazon here
The Show Stars:
Fred MacMurray (Steve Douglas), William Frawley (Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey), Tim Considine (Mike Douglas), Don Grady (Robbie Douglas), Stanley Livingston (Chip Douglas), Barry Livingston (Ernie Douglas)
Here are a couple of full episodes on YouTube
Episode Title: Daughter for a Day, Season 3 Episode 5
Episode Title: The Wheels Season 6, Episode 31 Original Air Date: Thu Apr 21, 1966
Here’s a link to the My 3 Sons IMBD profile.
Little House on the Prairie
A great series about a family that grew up in the midwest, during the early days of our country. This series is based on the book series by Laura Ingels Wilder, “Little House on the Prairie.” The book series is a great investment for any family. We loved reading this series around the dinner table each night.
The Little House on the Prairie TV series starred Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karten Grassle and Melissa Sue Anderson. Little House on the Prairie ran for 9 seasons. It won 3 Emmys and multiple other awards.
We purchased the entire series of this family-friendly TV show on DVD for less than $60.
Check out Little House on the Prairie’s Plum Creek.
The Carol Burnett Show
You will laugh until you cry over the puns, skits and humor in this show. Each episode had guest stars who participated in the skits and a few musical numbers.
The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 seasons. We love this show so much that we bought the entire DVD series (used) for less than $50.
This family-friendly show starred: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence.
Click here to see the Official Carol Burnett Show Facebook page!
The Andy Griffith Show
A great show full of family values and fun. The show centers around a small town sheriff (widower Andy Taylor), his son Opie, and Aunt Bee. Deputy Sherrif Don Knotts makes that show hilarious. But the town of Mayberry is full of other lovable and fun characters also.
This family-friendly show ran for 8 seasons from 1960 to 1968. Several of the actors on the show won Emmy awards.
The Show Stars: Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor), Don Knotts (Deputy Barney Fife), Ronnie Howard – now an Academy Award Winning Director (Opie Taylor).
Here are a couple of our favorite clips from The Andy Griffith show.
This one is about kids’ allowance. Should Opie get paid money for doing nothing? Listen to Sheriff Taylor’s reasoning – it’s something we need more of today.
We bought the entire Andy Griffith Show series on DVD and love going back and revisiting Mayberry from time to time.
Here’s a hilarious clip where Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife tries to recite the Preamble to the Constitution. It’s classic Don Knotts humor.
Click here to read Andy Griffith’s Biography.
The Beverly Hillbillies
This is a great old series about a backwoods family that strikes oil and becomes rich. They move to Beverly Hills California to live a new life but end up sticking out like a sore thumb.
Lots of the humor is based on honest misunderstandings and the differences between life in the back hills and the big city.
The Beverly Hillbillies series ran for 16 seasons – making it one of the longest-running TV shows in history.
This family values show stars: Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampet), Irene Ryan (Granny), Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampet), Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro Bodine, Nancy Kulp (Jane Hathaway), Raymond Bailey (Milburn Drysdale).
Click here to read 7 True Facts about The Beverly Hillbillies!
The Brady Bunch
This great old TV series is about 2 single parents who get married and work to blend their families. Great hilarity and fun family times ensue!
The Brady Bunch only ran for 5 seasons from 1969 to 1974. But there have been a number of reunion shows and even several remake movies made.
This family friendly show originally show starred:
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland.
Get the entire Brady Bunch Collection on DVD on Amazon.
The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family was a musical sitcom that starred Shirley Jones and teen heart-throb David Cassidy.
Shirly Jones plays a widowed mother Shirley Partridge, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five children, Keith Partridge. To make a living the family embarks on a music career.
The show ran from September 1970 through August 1974. The story was loosely based on the real-life musical family the Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Buy the Partridge Family Collection (96 episodes) on DVD from Amazon.
Here’s some good history about The Partridge Family.
They are a family of friendly monsters who have misadventures on a regular basis. They can never quite understand why people react to them so strangely.
They’re honest and sweet, but quirky. Herman (the father) is similar to Frankenstein’s monster but has a sweet personality and a great smile.
Lily (his wife) and Grandpa (her father) are vampires. Eddie (their little son) is a werewolf. Marilyn (their niece) is the only normal one (that is the ugly duckling of the family).
The show only ran for 2 seasons but is worth watching.
Get the complete Munsters collection on DVD
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