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‘Parenthood’ is a comedy-drama following a large and imperfect family as they tackle the challenges of raising kids and starting over after setbacks.
The show is based on the 80’s film of the same name and, while there is no Steve Martin, the show is packed full of great comedy moments. A great ensemble cast brings the Bravermans clan to life, with plenty of laughter and tears provided in each episode. Here are my top recommendations for TV shows like ‘Parenthood’.
‘Friday Night Lights’ follows the ups and down of a bunch of (American) football players in a small Texan town. You can follow the Dillon High School Panthers as they train hard to win every Friday night, something that the town loves more than anything.
As well as training hard, the team plays hard and they find themselves in some tricky situations. The show is a mix of sporting drama and teen angst, that will appeal to the youngster in you.
‘Brothers & Sisters’ is a show about, you guessed it, the drama surrounding a family’s adult siblings. Mother Nora heads up the family and does her best to keep her dysfunctional brood at peace, sometimes with little success.
The loss of family patriarch William has a profound effect on the lives of all family members as they struggle to deal with his death alongside their own personal dramas.
Another series like Parenthood is ‘Gilmore Girls’. The show follows the ups and downs of a mother and daughter relationship, in a small Connecticut town. Single parent Lorelai Gilmore works hard for her daughter, Rory, and the two enjoy a close relationship, in which they tell each other almost everything.
The other characters we meet in the series are an eclectic bunch and provide us with plenty of romance, drama and tears.
Jay Pritchett sits at the head of a large and unconventional family, including his second wife Gloria and his grown daughter Claire, who has a lot on her brood of kids. ‘Modern Family’ tells the story of a close-knit family that experience the usual high and lows that every family face only with ad added twist of crazy.
All of the family members have the best intentions towards one and other, but things don’t always turn out as they thought they would.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is a drama centred on the personal and professional lives of a group of surgical interns and their superiors. Meredith Grey is the central character in this high flying medical drama, who we see sharing the most intimate of personal battles as well as her workplace dramas.
There is not a whole lot of medical action in the show despite it being set in a hospital, but there is plenty of blood spilled between various characters as relationships become very complicated.
I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to Parenthood.
Is there another TV show that you’d like to recommend to Parenthood?
I’d love to read about how I can indulge in my next comedy drama fix, in the comments below.
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