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What to Watch If You Love Parenthood

Updated April 13, 2020 594 votes 137 voters 9.4k 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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  • This Is Us
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    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by Peter Berg, inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. A drama that follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation's best high school football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler).... more on Wikipedia
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  • Mrs. Doubtfire
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    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to dress up as a female housekeeper to be able to interact with his children.... more on Wikipedia
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