If you ask those who love them, dogs are basically furry kids: they make a mess, they entertain you with goofball behavior, they sulk, occasionally bark back and they’re always scrounging for food. We know they really do make a great addition to the family, and life without them quickly becomes unimaginable.
The same goes for some of the greatest TV shows and families. Can you imagine Frasier without Martin’s trusted sidekick Eddie? It’s impossible. Some of our other favorite pooches simply make a guest appearance, contaminating sets with their gassy tendencies and offering a show’s audience a new breath of farty air. Whatever their role in the greater narratives of their respective TV shows, we love these guys dearly. Here are our picks for the 20 greatest TV dogs.