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Top 20 TV Baby Births of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 13th 2011 2:00PM
Tabitha, BewitchedWithin the next week, TV Land celebrates the 45th anniversary of the birth of Tabitha Stephens (Jan. 13) and the 58th anniversary of the birth of Little Ricky Ricardo (Jan. 19).

And those 'Bewitched' and 'I Love Lucy' babes got us to thinking about the all-time greatest TV baby births, which, of course, include a lot of nervous daddies, uptight mommies, meddling relatives, one presidential election and, in one of the funniest, most bizarre births, a party sandwich and a two liter bottle of orange soda.

Check out our countdown of 20 of TV's most famous baby births ...

Honorable Mention: Pebbles Flintstone, 'The Flintstones (born Feb. 22, 1963)
The babies in our countdown are all "real" (non-animated), but we couldn't leave out adorable little Pebbles entirely. Fun facts: She was almost a boy (Hanna Barbera was convinced a toy company to change Fred and Wilma's child to a girl), and her name was chosen via a national "Name the Flintstones Baby" contest.

20. Mary Lou Baxter, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
Baby mama:
Georgette (Georgia Engel)
Date of birth: Sept. 25, 1976
It's a girl!: In the 'Mary Midwife' episode, the seventh season opener for the MTM show, an event that snarky Sue Ann (Betty White) calls the most exciting thing that will ever happen in Mary's bedroom occurs: Ted's wife Georgette gives birth! Mary is hosting a dinner party for her WJM pals, when Mrs. Baxter starts to feel labor pains. And before Ted can get her to the hospital, Georgette goes into full labor, with Lou (Ed Asner) and Mary delivering the babe, who's named in their honor. "Thanks for the party, Mary. We had a wonderful time," Georgette says as she's being wheeled off to the hospital.

19. Isabella Turk, 'Scrubs'
Baby mama:
Carla Espinosa-Turk (Judy Reyes)
Date of birth: Dec. 7, 2006
It's a girl!: Turk (Donald Faison) already missed his own wedding. So when wife Carla goes into labor and he's in danger of missing it -- oh, because he got his hand stuck in an ice machine -- nurse Carla is none too happy. She does agree to communicate the birth via a cell phone, until labor drama necessitates she have a Cesarean and she tearfully tells Turk she needs him to be there. He makes it ... by having The Janitor (Neil Flynn) help him drag the ice machine to the delivery room.

18. Gene Draper, 'Mad Men'
Baby mama:
Betty Draper (January Jones)
Date of birth: June 21, 1963 (as per his birth certificate); in TV land, he was born in the Sept. 13, 2009 episode, 'The Fog'
It's a boy!: The birth of any baby should be a dream come true, but all the birth of baby Gene meant for the unhappy Mrs. Draper was some bizarro, 'Sopranos'-ish dream sequences about her parents. Even when she brought the little guy home, Betty seemed only to see the baby as an annoyance who made her get up in the middle of the night, offering yet another reason Betty Draper is never going to make anyone's "Best TV Moms Ever" list.

17. Brady Hobbes, 'Sex and the City'
Baby mama:
Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon)
Date of birth: Feb. 10, 2002 ('I Heart NY' episode)
It's a boy!: Miranda goes into labor in the middle of Carrie's big goodbye date with Mr. Big, the one for which she's planned a night of romance and even purchased a new pair of sexy (read: expensive) shoes. But in the middle of a carriage ride that's just turned frisky, Carrie gets the call that Miranda's gone into labor, and she has to take off for the hospital. Where her fancy pink Louboutins get ruined when Miranda's water breaks on them.

16. Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, 'Full House'
Baby mama:
Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis (Lori Loughlin)
Date of birth: Nov. 12, 1991
It's boys!: In the first half-hour of the two-part 'Happy Birthday, Babies' story, Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) is celebrating her fifth birthday, which leads to flashbacks to the Olsen twin's cutest moments on 'Full House.' And in part two, Michelle's party is interrupted by two medical emergencies: Uncle Jesse's (John Stamos) appendicitis, and Becky's labor, which eventually provides the show with a new set of twins (Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit) who can make cute on cue.

15. Joey Stivic, 'All in the Family'
Baby mama:
Gloria Bunker Stivic (Sally Struthers)
Date of birth: Dec. 15 and 22, 1975 ('Birth of the Baby' Part 1 and 2)
It's a boy!: Archie Bunker's (Carroll O'Connor) little girl was out for a nice dinner with hubby Meathead (Rob Reiner) when she realized the birth of her baby was imminent, as was a series of classic sitcom gags. First, Gloria got stuck in a phone booth while trying to call her doctor, then Archie -- who was performing in the "Kings of Queens Lodge" show, in blackface -- showed up at the hospital still in costume. But all's well that ended well, with the birth of baby Joey, and the launch of the highly collectible baby Joey babydoll. Sold as the "Archie Bunker's Grandson" doll, the Joey baby doll was infamously "anatomically correct."

14. Rory Gilmore, 'Gilmore Girls'
Baby mama:
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham)
Date of birth: Oct. 8, 1984 (as shown, via flashblack, in the 'Dear Emily and Richard' episode on Feb. 4, 2003)
It's a girl!: As Rory (Alexis Bledel) is invited to the C-section of her father's girlfriend, Lorelai flashes back to Rory's birth, when Lorelai was just 16 and still living with her parents. Wanting to be independent, and perfectly aware of how heartbroken the Gilmores were about her teen pregnancy, Lorelai went into labor, wrote a pithy note and went to the hospital herself: "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm in labor. See you later, Lorelai." Lorelai's mom, Emily (Kelly Bishop), wasn't happy with that brief missive, which she points out as Lorelai is being wheeled down the hall and into the delivery room, in pain and asking the nurse if she can use an Epilady on her to make her understand just how much pain she's experiencing.

13. Bryn Hoppy, 'Bethenny Getting Married?'
Baby mama: Bethenny Frankel
Date of birth:
May 8, 2010 (as shown in the episode 'Baby Won't Wait!' on July 22, 2010)
It's a girl!: Contractions be damned, reality TV star/chef/bestselling author Bethenny was her usual joking self while in labor with daughter Bryn, who arrived five weeks early. After breathing her way through one painful moment, Bethenny tells hubby Jason that she'll probably be screaming in pain soon, and wonders how those teen moms, the ones on the news who give birth in bathroom stalls, do it with the sound effects.

12. Andrew Keaton, 'Family Ties'
Baby mama:
Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney)
Date of birth: Jan. 24 and 31, 1985, in the two-part 'The Birth of a Keaton' story line
It's a boy!: The whole Keaton family was supporting public TV station manager dad Steven (Michael Gross) at the telethon his WKS was hosting. The very pregnant Elyse was about to sing a folk tune on the telethon when Steven was called home to check on some emergency plumbing repairs in the Keaton household. And, of course, with Steven out of the studio, and Elyse about to hit a high note during her tune, baby Andrew comes a-knocking. Fortunately, Steven -- and the plumber -- had been watching Elyse on TV, so papa Keaton knew he needed to head off for the hospital, but not before a very funny bit of nagging from Elyse, via the TV.

11. Emma Gellar-Green, 'Friends'
Baby mama:
Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston)
Date of birth: May 16, 2002 (in 'The One Where Rachel Has a Baby')
It's a girl!: Ross 'n' Rachel fans got one step closer to seeing the sitcom couple permanently bonded with the birth of baby Emma, when their post-breakup one-night-stand led to Emma's birth. Not that all would be smooth sailing ... first, Emma came several days late, and left Rachel in labor for nearly two days. And then there was the little post-birth snafu, when Joey (Matt LeBlanc), who'd been crushing on Rachel, picked up a diamond ring that fell out of Ross' (David Schwimmer) pocket, and Rachel assumed Joey was proposing to her. Her response: "Okay," leading to the Season 8 finale cliffhanger.

10. John Ross Ewing III, 'Dallas'
Baby mama:
Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray)
Date of birth: April 6, 1979 (in the episode 'John Ewing III, Part 2')
It's a boy!: Wily ol' J.R. (Larry Hagman) had already put his drunken wife Sue Ellen in a sanitarium, after one of her benders led to a fall down the stairs that yet again endangered their unborn child. More drama: J.R. might not even be the daddy; Sue Ellen had also been having an affair with Ewing family enemy Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval). So when she bribes a nurse to get her some hooch, then breaks out of the sanitarium and tears off in a stolen car -- resulting in an inevitable car crash -- the Ewings aren't the only ones who arrive at the hospital hoping that the prematurely-born baby is okay. Potential papa Cliff also shows up, leading to a season-ending cliffhanger about the baby's health and his parentage.

9. Richie Petrie, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
Baby mama:
Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore)
Date of birth: Sept. 25, 1963 (the date of 'That's My Boy?' the flashback episode that recalled Richie's birth)
It's a boy!: This hilarious gem recalls Rob's (Dick Van Dyke) concern that he and Laura had brought the wrong baby home from the hospital when Richie was born, because 1) the baby didn't look like either of them, according to Rob, and 2) another baby, Richie Peters, was born around the same time, and the hospital kept mixing up the two names. As Laura is recalling the story for guests, one of the best moments in the sitcom's run reveals just how Rob found out for sure that Richie was his son: He met the Peters family.

8. Avery Brown, 'Murphy Brown'
Baby mama:
Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen)
Date of birth: May 18, 1992 (in the 'Birth 101' episode)
It's a boy!: In a sitcom-worthy moment, legendary TV newswoman Murphy went into labor during a live show. But by the time baby Avery was born, the fact that the single woman was about to become a single mother had already made bigger headlines, with the infamous 1992 presidential campaign speech in which then vice presidential contender Dan Quayle bashed the TV character for "ignoring the importance of fathers by birthing a child alone." The comments set off a media storm (though Bergen would later say she actually agreed with some of Quayle's viewpoints), and the show got even with Quayle in an episode that celebrated the diversity of families and poked fun at Quayle's infamous potato/potatoe flub.

7. Sandwich and Soda Huxtable, 'The Cosby Show'
Baby daddy:
Cliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby)
Date of birth: Nov. 9, 1989
It's a ?????!: Most of the classic episodes of the sitcom were behind them by the time this season six installment, 'The Day the Spores Landed,' aired, but thanks largely to the physical comedy skills of Cosby, and the silly, over-the-top premise, this one's a gem. Cliff has a dream that, because of the eruption of a volcano in Peru, men can now become pregnant. But they don't give birth to babies; instead, they birth something they've always desired, which, for pregnant Huxtable son Theo, means a red sports car, for son-in-law Martin a sailboat and for Cliff himself: Of course, a giant hoagie and a bottle of orange soda.

6. Leslie, Chandler and Frank Jr. Jr., 'Friends'
Baby mama:
Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow)
Date of birth: Oct. 8, 1998 (in the episode 'The One Hundredth')
It's a boy and two girls!: Only the ever-wacky Phoebe would delight in the reaction of strangers to her news that she was about to give birth to her brother's babies. It was true, though less scandalous than it initially sounded, as Phoebe was playing surrogate mom for her brother Frank and his much older wife, Alice. When the triplets finally arrived, Phoebe was sad to have to pass them off to her bro, but reminded them that she would always be their favorite aunt. "I know Alice's sister has a pool, but you lived in me," she tells the newborns.

5. CeCe Halpert, 'The Office'
Baby mama:
Pam Halpert (Jenna Fischer)
Date of birth: March 4, 2010
It's a girl!: Using her health insurance's rules on the length of hospital stays and her new feasting habits with Kevin as excuses, pregnant Pam is trying to delay her trip to the hospital as long as possible. The truth: She's scared to death about the pain of delivery, and only after much soothing by Jim (John Krasinski) is she willing to go to the hospital and make it through 19 hours of labor. All goes well until the new mama tries to breastfeed. First, she can't get CeCe to, ahem, latch on, and later, she accidentally breastfeeds the wrong baby.

4. 'Love's Labor Lost,' 'ER'
Baby mama:
Jodi O'Brien (guest star Colleen Flynn)
Date of birth: March 9, 1995
It's a sad death: One of, if not the, best episode of the medical drama ever (series star George Clooney once cited it as his all-time favorite), starts with ER doc Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) misdiagnosing a pregnant woman as having a bladder infection. She soon returns to the ER with much bigger problems, and through a roller coaster of emotions and procedures, she ultimately takes a turn for the worst and dies, leaving Greene to break the news to her crushed husband, before breaking down himself on his train ride home.

3. Aaron Littleton, 'Lost'
Baby mama:
Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin)
Date of birth: April 6, 2005 (in the episode 'Do No Harm')
It's a boy!: Everything about little Aaron's life on the island and off was mysterious, but his birth was fairly straightforward, if dramatic. Mama Claire was in the woods, alone, when she started to feel labor pains, and her screams brought Kate (Evangeline Lilly) to her aid. But with doctor Jack (Matthew Fox) busy trying to save the injured Boone's (Ian Somerhalder) life elsewhere on the island, it's left up to Claire, with help from Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), to coach Claire in bringing Aaron into the world.

2. Tabitha Stephens, 'Bewitched'
Baby mama:
Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery)
Date of birth: Jan. 13, 1966 (in the 'And Then There Were Three' episode)
It's a girl!: She'd eventually get her own spin-off series, but this is the episode that started it all, as witch Samantha and frequently flustered hubby Darrin celebrated the birth of daughter Tabitha. Not that they got to name her, or even completely revel in the birth for long. As usual, Samantha's witchy mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), stuck her nose in, naming the baby and conjuring up Sam's lookalike cousin Serena (Montgomery) and fooling son-in-law "Derwood" into thinking it was a grown-up-way-too-fast Tabitha.

1. Little Ricky Ricardo, 'I Love Lucy'
Baby mama:
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball)
Date of birth: Jan. 19, 1953 (in the episode 'Lucy Goes to the Hospital')
It's a boy!: Seventy percent of all homes with TVs were tuned in for this very special episode of 'I Love Lucy.' Not only did the birth of Little Ricky make for perfect 'Lucy' fodder -- father Ricky, who was performing a voodoo-themed number at the club when the baby was born, arrives at the hospital still in costume -- but star Lucille Ball had given birth to real-life son Desi Arnaz Jr. earlier the same day this classic was aired.

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WKRP: Mrs Calreson having a baby was an awesome episode and should have been in the top 5 "Doctor Jones, call your pool man, Doctor Jones, call your pool man."

January 20 2011 at 7:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Although men could find childbirth an ordeal, #7 looks like a real winner. When you consider the comic genius of Bill Cosby, a quick trip the commode would be in order because I would be laughing so much

January 20 2011 at 5:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see they left off the birth of D'Argo Sun Crighton-the son of Aeryn Sun and John Crighton from "Farscape." One of these days that show will get some respect. But not today it seems...

January 20 2011 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. J

THAT Cosby episode? Get real! If anything, they should've included Sondra & Elvin's twins!
As for ER, where are Carol Hathaway's girls? (Father: Doug Ross!) And that death would not have happened if the hospital's obstetrician had not ignored Dr. Green's repeated calls for help!
Thank you for not including the birth of Ben on friends, Carol and Susan are simply too slutty and irritating.
Frankly, I'm shocked that the arrival of John or Robby Jeurgens from "Secret Life of the American Teenager" didn't make this list!

January 19 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Where's the birth of baby Pebbles? That was one of the most watched episodes in television history! And it's very funny! And I'm so glad you included "The Cosby Show" Sandwich and Soda Huxtable episode. ABSOLUTELY the MOST FUNNY birthing episode I've ever seen!

January 17 2011 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm very happy to see some classics such as Richie on The Dick Van Dyke show included! The moment Rob Petrie opened the door to meet the Peters was one of the funniest moments in that show. The birth on the Mary Tyler Moore show was also hilarious. I agree with the post above mine though about Maggie on The Simpsons. In fact, each story of the kid's births were pretty funny - and at least we learned why Homer only has those three lonely strands of hair left.

January 15 2011 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lol!! I have seen the All in the Family Baby episodes before!! They were crazy!!! And how everyone laughed @ Archie's blackface!? Hilarious!!

January 14 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, but I disagree. Top 20 should definitely have included Pebbles. I'd have put it much higher than most of the "real" babies you have on the list.

January 14 2011 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about Wyatt on Chramed?

January 13 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Deej Barens

Bryn Hoppy?!?!? seriously???????

January 13 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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