Family TV: Kid-tested, parent-approved
A look back at TV shows that brought family into focus.
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Family TV through the years( Clockwise from top left: Warner Bros. / 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures / ABC / NBC / CBS / September 24, 2012 )
The family viewing hour of television has been on the decline. Much of the fall season buzz has centered on a parade of wisecracking women, as with "2 Broke Girls," "New Girl" and "Whitney", or lackluster revamps, such as the now-canceled "Charlie's Angels" and the struggling "Prime Suspect." Gone are the days in prime-time TV when shows like "The Cosby Show," "Home Improvement," "7th Heaven" or "The Bernie Mac Show" unabashedly courted a family audience.
Here's a look at series -- old and new -- that give the remote control a break by appealing to everyone in the family.