10 TV Shows like Modern Family you must watch

By Romey Norton
Published: March 23, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)
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We discuss 10 TV Shows like Modern Family you must watch. Keep this list handy and add these TV series to your watch list. 

Modern Family is one of my favorite TV shows to watch. It’s fun, easy, incredibly relatable, and has a joyous warmth that can’t really be matched.

This show will keep you coming back to watch your favorite family and characters repeatedly.

If you haven’t watched this American TV series, it started in 2009, and its final season finished in 2020. The story surrounds three modern-day families all living near one another in California, trying to deal with the everyday antics we all go through.

From relationships to raising children, these quirky and sometimes crazy characters often get themselves into hilarious situations. No matter what happens, the message is simple; family means a lot. 

There are many stars in this series, including Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Fergurson, and Ed O’Neill. There are also many excellent guest stars, including Edward Norton, Kevin Hart, Elizabeth Banks, and Nathan Lane. 

If you’re missing this series and want another show to binge-watch, here is a list of 10 TV shows like Modern Family for you to watch.

10 TV Shows like Modern Family you must watch

Friends (1994)

Starting with the classic and most well-known comedy series on the planet, Friends. Now while they aren’t exactly family, this group of six reckless adults grows into becoming more than that. Their adventures and antics range from bad dates to even worse weddings.

We follow how the group navigates love, friendships, and careers in their twenties and thirties. While it receives new criticisms from newer, younger audiences, comedy is subjective, and this series is hilarious. 

Frasier (1993) 

Probably one of my favorite shows growing up. This cleverly written and excellently acted series sees Psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane moves his life to Seattle to start afresh and earns him a spot as a radio psychiatrist.

It’s the spin-off series from the show Cheers and doesn’t lose its roots as many episodes feature characters from the show, seeing Dr. Crane’s new life out west.

Like Modern Family, this series is about family dynamics and ever-changing relationships. Frasier lives with his father and his father’s health care worker Daphne, who Frasier’s brother Niles falls in love with. (oh, and Eddie, his dad’s dog).

Frasier, divorced, tries to find love in all the wrong places, and over ten wonderful seasons, we see these characters grow and develop, leading to a heartfelt ending.

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) 

A classic American sitcom starring Ray Romano, this series is one to watch if you like family drama. It includes an overbearing mother-in-law and siblings who can’t seem to get their life together.

Raymond Barone, a successful sportswriter, has invasive parents and a jealous brother who lives across the street. Amongst the angst and arguing, this family does love one another, and the comedy comes from relatable situations that most families will have experienced. 

Schitt’s Creek (2015)

If you love quirky characters, then look no further. Schitt’s Creek is finally getting the recognition it deserves, as this is a fantastic show.

The story surrounds the Rose family, millionaire socialites who lose all their money and are forced to live in a town called Schitt’s Creek that they once bought as a joke. While the father tries to rebuild his life and business, his wife and kids learn to live without luxuries and have to build lives for themselves.

The family of four goes through the highs and lows of sudden poverty, and each character has a beautiful development with one of the best endings I’ve seen in a series.

Written and starring family legends Eugene and Dan Levy as father and son, they’re almost outshone by Catherine O’Hara, who excels as the loud, egoistic, and self-centered yesteryear actress Moira Rose. 

Bob’s Burgers (2011)

For Animation fans, Bob’s Burgers is a must-see. It’s one of my favorite shows, and they’ve recently made a Bob’s Burgers film to enjoy too. Bob Belcher is a third-generation restaurateur who runs Bob’s Burgers with his loud, eccentric wife Linda and their three kooky kids, Tina, Gene, and Louise.

Like Modern Family, this loving family’s life is just chaos, with one drama after another, but somehow they always make it work. There are some great characters, such as Bob’s Nemesis, Jimmy Pesto, Linda’s Ex, who is the health Inspector and Louise’s arch-enemy Logan.

Blackish (2014)

Similar to Modern Family, this series surrounds a family and hilariously explores values and self-identity ever-growing and changing over time. This satirical TV series has the premise that society perceives blackness to have a particular connotation or simply that certain actions and viewpoints are “black”; however, this is not the main focus. The series has some in-depth and poignant storylines and is undoubtedly one to watch. 

Arrested Development (2019)

Like Modern Family, Arrested Development is a series about a large family. Still, in this case, a dysfunctional extended family lost everything, and how one man (Jason Bateman) tries to keep them together.

There is usually a set of multiple running story arcs and a big time jump in the seasons, but it’s still incredibly awkwardly funny to watch. 

Upshaws (2022) 

Upshaws is a fun series about a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make everything work, from relationships to their careers and the ups and downs of life. It’s an Edgy sitcom with multi-cams, so it’s got a throw-back feel but with fresh stories. 

The Goldbergs (2013)

Narrated by the comic genius legend Patton Oswald, this series is another example of a seriously loving but dysfunctional family. The youngest member of the family recounts his childhood days with his smothering mother, loud father, rebellious dramatic older sister, nerdy yet dumb older brother, and charming, wise grandfather.

Similar to Modern Family, we have three generations of a family in this series, all sharing their lives and experiences with one another whether they want to or not. The characters are expressive and genuinely funny to watch.

The Simpsons (1989)

This list wouldn’t be complete without the longest-running animation comedy series, The Simpsons. This series explores the lives of the Simpson family living in Springfield.

Similar to Modern Family, we have the same family dynamic of a husband, wife, and three kids. Homer is a silly-goofy man but provides for his family. His wife, Marge, is a devoted wife and mother of their 3 children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, all of whom are involved with schemes and never-ending drama in their day-to-day lives.

With the help of many quirky, kooky characters, its comedy ranges from satire to slap in the face. 

Do you have any other recommendations for TV Shows like Modern Family? Let us know in the comments below!

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