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The Best TV Shows About Blended Families 

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Updated April 10, 2020 2k votes 444 voters 45.7k views 31 items

List Rules TV series that include step-parents, step-children, foster kids, and other alternative families

List of the best television shows that feature blended families. The theme of many of the top television shows through the generations is that family is not just the group you’re born into. Today, many TV shows feature characters who consider their friends and coworkers to be their family,while others show a tight bond with their makeshift families. No matter what the genre or content of the show, most shows heavily feature the idea of family. However it’s much rarer for a show to feature a blended family, which is essentially two or more familial groups that come together to form one big family. The infrequent television trope began with The Brady Bunch, a family of six step brothers and sisters who viewed the world in their own, naïve way.

Throughout the years on television the idea of the blended family has popped up in new and interesting ways. Often these shows feature step parents getting to know their new children, such as Step by Step, while others feature adopted children, like Diff’rent Strokes and Webster. Families like the one in Full House began with friendships who became actual family,while others like Modern Family include step-families and adopted families.

What shows best showcase blended families? The shows on this list are known to have people who may not have started off life as family, but became close through blended circumstances. When you're done, be sure to check out our list of the best movies about adoption.

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more

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Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove

Premiered: 2004

Drake & Josh (Nickelodeon, 2004) is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider. Despite having opposite personalities, stepbrothers Drake Parker (Drake Bell) and Josh Nichols (Josh Peck) ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more

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Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

Premiered: 1991

Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running on ABC as part of its TGIF Friday night lineup from September 20, 1991, to August 15, 1997, and ...more

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Life with Derek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Life with Derek Michael Seater, Ashley Leggat, Jordan Todosey

Premiered: 2005

Life with Derek is a Canadian television sitcom that aired on Family and VRAK.TV in Canada and on Disney Channel in the United States. The series premiered on Family on September 18, 2005, and ...more
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Dog With a Blog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
G. Hannelius, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi

Premiered: 2012

Dog with a Blog is an American television sitcom that premiered on Disney Channel on October 12, 2012. It stars G. Hannelius, Blake Michael, Francesca Capaldi, Stephen Full, Regan Burns, and ...more
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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

Premiered: 2003

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Sabrina, The Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1971) Don Messick, Larry Storch, Howard Morris

Premiered: 1971

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Premiered: 2009

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Steve Willow added Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

I think Alf was adopted. ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more

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Cousins for Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Scarlet Spencer, Dallas Dupree Young, Micah Abbey

Premiered: 2018

Cousins for Life (Nickelodeon, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert. The show follows the misadventures of Stuart (Dallas Dupree Young) and ...more
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Little America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance

Premiered: 2020

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Almost Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Brittany Snow, Timothy Hutton, Megalyn Echikunwoke

Premiered: 2019

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My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan

Premiered: 1987

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

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Everything's Gonna Be Ok... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Josh Thomas, Kayla Cromer, Adam Faison

Premiered: 2020

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

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Webster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

Premiered: 1983

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Instant Mom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows About Blended Families
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Premiered: 2013

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