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The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked  

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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
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 interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...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
Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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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
The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more
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Brothers and Sisters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Mary Crosby, William Windom, Larry Anderson
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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...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
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more
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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell, Kyle Chavarria
Little House on the Prairie, also known as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, is a five-hour miniseries which was broadcast on ABC as part of The Wonderful World of Disney ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...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
Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more
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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie
Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City ...more
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Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell
Party of Five is an American teen drama television series that aired on Fox for six seasons, from September 12, 1994, until May 3, 2000. Critically acclaimed, the show suffered from low ratings ...more
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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel
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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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott
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 Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern
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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
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) 16 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco
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 Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...more
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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
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. The story of five siblings who ...more
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Heartland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Morena Baccarin, Dabney Coleman, Melinda Dillon
Heartland is a Canadian family drama television series which debuted on CBC on October 14, 2007. The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke. The TV series changes the ...more
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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more
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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward
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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Speechless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
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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Years and Years is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller
Years and Years (BBC One/HBO, 2019) is a British television drama series created and written by Russell T Davies. Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) is an outspoken celebrity-turned-political figure ...more
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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould
Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...more