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The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked

Updated March 26, 2021 4.0k votes 895 voters 55.8k views85 items

List RulesVote 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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    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

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    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

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    Brothers and Sisters

    Mary Crosby, William Windom

    Premiered1979

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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

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    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Premiered2018

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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001

    Six Feet Under (HBO, 2001) is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan...  more

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    Switched at Birth

    Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc

    Premiered2011

    Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 2011) is an American teen and family drama television series...  more

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    Party of Five

    Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf

    Premiered1994

    Party of Five (Fox, 1994) is an American television teen and family drama created by...  more

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    Little House on the Prairie

    Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell

    Premiered2005

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    Heartland

    Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle

    Premiered2007

    Heartland (CBC, 2007) is a Canadian family drama television series created by Lauren Brooke,...  more

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    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    Premiered2020

    Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's novel...  more

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    7th Heaven

    Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks

    Premiered1996

    7th Heaven is an American family drama television series, created and produced by Brenda...  more

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    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    Premiered2018

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    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough

    Premiered1972

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    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2018

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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt...  more

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish

    Premiered2005

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    Sisters

    Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember

    Premiered1991

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    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup

    Premiered2020

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