The 22 greatest tv grandparents

With wit and wisdom, grandmas and grandpas are the hearts and souls of these classic shows.

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Whether you want a little piece of hard-won wisdom, or a long-winded explanation of how ferry rides used to cost a nickel, TV grandparents are there for you. Often unappreciated by fellow characters but always welcome by viewers, these small-screen patriarchs and matriarchs are frequently the heart and soul of their series. And now we’ve gathered the very best.

Some of these characters and nuanced and true-to-life; others are literally cartoons. Of course, it doesn’t mean they’re all great or even good people, but they’re fine grandparents in their own way, each and every one of them. Even Abe Simpson.

Read on for our complete list of the greatest grandparents in TV history »