Chances are, if you grew up in the '90s like I did, then you probably watched a lot of sitcoms. The houses of the Simpsons, the Tanners, and the Winslows felt like second homes to me, and that's important because sitcom families taught life lessons. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I was raised by sitcom families — I don't want to field an angry phone call from my mother — but I would definitely suggest that they at least helped raise me.
I spent a lot of time in front of the TV as a kid, and sitcoms were my favorite thing to watch from an early age. Sure, I liked cartoons like any other kid, but I always found myself more excited for TGIF than I was for Saturday morning cartoons (The Simpsons, which was both a cartoon and a sitcom, was a revelation and remains my favorite show ever). Sitcoms are situation comedies, and more often than not — especially in family sitcoms — the show's characters would find themselves in a situation that I might plausibly face in real life. The way they handled these situations helped inform me on how I should live my own life, so take a look below at some of the life lessons I've learned thanks to that mainstay of '90s television, the sitcom family.