There’s always been a dearth of child characters in traditional entertainment. There was a time when the only children characters we knew were Macauly Culkin from Home Alone, the baby from Baby’s Day Out, and even Macauly Culkin grew up! The streaming world has seen a great increase in the number of women characters as well as child ones.
In this list, we celebrate the top 5 child characters that have won our hearts.
#1 The Entire Child Cast of Stranger Things
Stranger Things is many things, but it is also the coming together of an incredible band of young actors. Every character in the series has a backstory and is incredibly written. Stranger Things, though sci-fi explores several growing up issues like friendship, first love, loneliness, friend-jealousy and other such things. And the young cast brings to the fore these complicated aspects with the ease of a veteran. The series is really brought to life by Finn Woflhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas. Of course, it helps that the main character who’s fighting the supernatural forces is Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven.
#2 Jake Harper (Angus T Jones) (Two and a Half Men)
While many said that Charlie Harper was the life of the series, everybody loved the goofy, slacker quality of Jake Harper, Alan’s son. Jake’s ‘duh’ persona was what really brought the series together and acted as a buffer for the incredibly misogynistic character that his uncle, Charlie was. So loved was this character that Angus T Jones was the cast mainstay for a whopping 8 seasons and even had a cameo in the 9th season.
#3 Lucas Bloom (Owen Atlas) (Little Evil)
This Netflix original turned the horror-comedy genre upside down and is one of the most well received horror comedies in recent times. This film had an incredible twist that’s believable only because of Owen Atlas’ acting chops. It’s interesting to know that this is only the second film that Own has been a part of. The first film he ever acted in was the 2016 Astronaut Camp.
#4 Young Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) (Young Sheldon)
Everybody loves Sheldon Cooper – and therefore everyone would love a young Sheldon. This Amazon Original stars Iain Armitage as the younger version of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. While the series is a slow moving one, young Sheldon is a character that remains with you long after the credits have rolled.
#5 Max Fuller (Elias Harger) (Fuller House)
Imagine a clean freak young child. That incredible character is played to look completely believable by Elias Harger in Fuller House as Max Fuller, the seven-year-old kid. Fuller House has opened to a rousing reception and Elias has played a big role in the show’s success.
These are our 5 picks for the most famous child characters in the streaming world. Did we miss anyone? Would you like to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section.