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The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked 

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Updated May 22, 2020 2k votes 549 voters 30.6k views 52 items

List Rules Vote up the top dramatic TV series that center around a single family.

Backstabbing, lies, and cheating - there's nothing quite like family. These issues, and more, are at the heart of good dramatic TV series about family. This is a list of the greatest TV dramas about families including everything from Sons of Anarchy to Six Feet Under to Shameless.

What acclaimed shows will you find on this list of the best drama shows about families? The critically-acclaimed HBO drama The Sopranos followed the Soprano family, an average American household with ties to the mob. Lead actor James Gandolfini took home three Emmy awards during the series's run. The Wonder Years is another fantastic TV drama about a family. The Lannisters and the Starks are just two of the families battling for control of the seven kingdoms on Game of Thrones. Other good dramas featured here include Downton Abby and Parenthood.

Which family drama is your favorite? Vote your personal picks up to the top of the list and please add any great series that are missing.

 

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same ...more

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four siblings share the joys and heartaches of parenthood in their California hometown of Berkeley.

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more

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Brothers and Sisters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Mary Crosby, William Windom, Larry Anderson

Premiered: 1979

Brothers and Sisters is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from January to April 1979. The series attempted to capitalize on the success of the 1978 motion picture National Lampoon's Animal ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes. A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in ...more

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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

Premiered: 2011

Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 2011) is an American teen and family drama television series created by Lizzy Weiss. When two teenage girls - one from a wealthy suburb (Vanessa Marano) and the ...more

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

Premiered: 2001

Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. A dysfunctional family attempts to run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles who has a ...more

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Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell

Premiered: 1994

Party of Five (Fox, 1994) is an American television teen and family drama created by Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman. After their parents' untimely death, five siblings (Matthew Fox, Scott ...more

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Little House on the Prai... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria

Premiered: 2005

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel

Premiered: 1996

7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on August 26, 1996, on The WB, the first time that the network aired Monday ...more

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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Premiered: 2014

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Premiered: 2018

A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

Premiered: 1972

The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in ...more

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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Premiered: 2018

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. A fractured family confronts ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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Heartland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle, Michelle Morgan

Premiered: 2007

Heartland (CBC, 2007) is a Canadian family drama television series created by Lauren Brooke, based on the book series by Lauren Brooke. A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

Weeds (Showtime, 2005) is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan. A suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) starts selling marijuana to support her family, but soon ...more

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more

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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Speechless Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Cedric Yarbrough
Speechless (ABC, 2016) is an American sitcom television series created by Scott Silveri. The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces - and excellent at ...more

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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward

Premiered: 1991

Sisters is a television drama which aired on NBC for six seasons, from 1991 to 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were also the executive producers and showrunners. ...more

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Council of Dads is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Michael O'Neill
Council of Dads (NBC, 2020) is an American drama television series based upon the 2010 book The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler. When Scott Perry (Clive Standen) discovers he has cancer he is ...more