Parenthood is definitely one of the most heartwarming shows about a family you could watch. The brilliant NBC series based on a comedy-drama movie of the same name by Ron Howard follows the multigenerational Braverman family living in California, struggling with all kinds of problems including marital issues, substance abuse problems, and the biggest struggle of all parenthood. We saw the Braverman family for six great seasons ending its run in 2015. So, if you miss the series here are some shows you could watch next.
This Is Us (Hulu & Fubo TV)
Synopsis: The Pearson family’s generational story unfolds in moments of love, joy, triumph, and heartbreak. Revelations emerge from parents Jack and Rebecca’s past, while triplets Kate, Randall, and Kevin find deeper meaning in their present daily lives.
Gilmore Girls (Netflix)
Synopsis: Lorelai (Lauren Graham, Evan Almighty), 32 years old, has always done things her way. Raised in a world of money and cotillions, she was wilder than the other girls. Pregnant at age 16, she chose her own path, and, in true style, walked with flawless posture right out the door. With fire and determination, Lorelai has worked her way up from maid to manager at the historic Independence Inn, all while keeping sight of her dream to open her own inn with best friend Sookie (Melissa McCarthy, Samantha Who?), the hotel’s hopelessly clumsy culinary genius. Lorelai’s 16-year-old daughter, straight-A student Rory tries to prove herself at the exclusive Chilton Preparatory School, a daunting new world of girls with attitudes and boys with shiny cars. But when Rory meets Dean, the attraction hits her like a ton of bricks and single mom Lorelai begins to notice in Rory her own dreams and rebellious youth.
Brothers and Sisters (Hulu & The Roku Channel)
Synopsis: Family is everything in ABC’s Brothers and Sisters. Just take a look at the Walkers – they lead very different lives and may seem dysfuntional, but at the root of it, they are always there for each other – whether it’s a family tragedy, professional misadventure or personal triumph. Sally Fields is Nora, the strong matriarch, who taps into strength she never knew she had and discovers new ways to bring everyone together as a family.
Friday Night Lights (Netflix, Hulu, Peacock & Prime Video)
Synopsis: A small Texas town has high expectations for its top-ranked football team. Expanding on the hit feature film “Friday Night Lights,” this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard.
The Fosters (Hulu)
Synopsis: A multi-ethnic family with a mix of foster and biological kids are being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school Vice Principal, have built a strong family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are turned upside down when Lina meets Callie, a teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in foster homes. Lena and Stef decide to welcome Callie into their home thinking it will be temporary.
Modern Family (Hulu)
Modern Family is one of the longest-running sitcoms and it follows the Dunphy and Pritchett family. The series is a mockumentary-style comedy and it follows Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his new wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), his stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez), and his daughters family Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), her husband and the best father Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), their children Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould). The series also follows Jay’s son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), his husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), and their adopted daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). Modern Family ran for 11 seasons ending with a banger of a finale in 2020.
A Million Little Things (Hulu)
Synopsis: They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.
Switched at Birth (Hulu & Fubo TV)
Synopsis: Switched at Birth tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Meanwhile, Daphne Vasquez, who contracted meningitis and became deaf at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne, Vanessa Marano as Bay, Constance Marie as Regina, D.W. Moffett as John, Lea Thompson as Kathryn, Lucas Grabeel as Toby, Sean Berdy as Emmett, Gilles Marini as Angelo, with guest star Marlee Matlin as Melody.
Life Unexpected (Paramount+)
Synopsis: After 15 years of being with different families in Oregon’s foster-care system, Lux decides to try her luck as an emancipated minor. As she navigates the legal system in pursuit of that goal, she encounters her birth father, bar owner Nate “Baze” Bazile, living like an aging frat boy with two slacker roommates. He is stunned to learn that he has a teenage daughter and introduces Lux to her mother, radio personality Cate Cassidy, who is sad to learn her daughter has grown up in foster care but thrilled to meet and get to know the girl. She has plenty of opportunity to get acquainted when the judge decides Lux isn’t ready to be emancipated and grants temporary custody to her birth parents.
The O.C. (Hulu)
Synopsis: Outsider Ryan, quick-witted Seth, girls-next-door Summer and Marissa and more – all the characters you love (or sometimes love to hate) are here in episodes alive with laughs and drama, indie bands and Chrismukkah, and featuring real insights into teens and parents, what’s in and what matters, growing up and moving on. There’s nothing like a day at the beach. Catch every wave!