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What to Watch If You Love Parenthood

Updated April 13, 2020 554 votes 141 voters 9.8k views50 items

Ah, Parenthood. Why did that show ever have to end? If you’ve just finished all six seasons and you’re already missing the Braverman family something fierce, this list of TV shows and movies like Parenthood might ease some of that post-show pain.  Nothing can exactly replace a beloved show, but if you can find a few new shows like Parenthood, you can find new favorites.

Without question, the first movie like Parenthood is, well, Parenthood. The TV series was loosely based on this 1989 comedy-drama film, which boasts an impressive cast. It’s a must see for any of the many Parenthood fans. Other movies which might appeal to you include Father of the Bride, Little Miss Sunshine, August: Osage County, Margot at the Wedding, and Mrs. Doubtfire. All are filled with quirky characters, and generally odd families doing their best to hold it together. The themes will resonate with Parenthood’s fans.

In terms of great Parenthood similar shows, consider these TV hits:  Once and Again, Brothers & Sisters, Party of Five, Gilmore Girls (which stars Lauren Graham), and NBC’s hit drama This is Us. Again, these shows are filled with family drama – and laughter.

What are your top Parenthood recommendations? Vote up your favorites on this list!

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