What Other Shows Compare to Modern Family in Plot Structure?
With a diverse cast of characters from all walks of life who are linked by blood, this comedy series is sure to bring out the giggles in the whole family. Taking the archetypal family and applying it to today’s contemporary environment results in a hilarious documentary-style show like Modern Family.
The show follows three families as they strive to maintain a normal household but realize that change is unavoidable and that adapting to it is the only way to keep the family together. With ten seasons under its belt, this family show shows no signs of slowing down.
If you enjoy Modern Family, here are some similar shows to keep you entertained while you wait for the next season.
1. The Goldbergs
Adam Goldberg’s videos as a child were used to recreate the show, which is based on his real life. The Goldbergs are a close-knit group of people who have a lot of differences, but their affection for one another remains pure. Beverly and Murray are proud parents of three children, all of whom are dealing with issues related to growing up.
Beverly has a hard time letting her children grow up because she can’t bear to give them any privacy. Unlike her strict father, Murray attempts to soothe her while screaming to make his point. The real footage from the creator’s family is shown at the end of each episode, making the audience homesick and long for their own families.
Dr. Dre wants his children to grow up with a respect for their black heritage, but that’s becoming more difficult due to modern conveniences like air conditioning and television. Every day, as they face unforeseen events in their lives, he shapes the children with the help of his wife and parents. Andre and Zoey, the older children, are experiencing the highs and lows of adolescence while Diane and Jack, the younger children, vie for their parents’ attention.
Most of the time, Dre and Rainbow have opposing viewpoints on the situation, but they work together to make the best choices for their family. Things get even more tumultuous when the orthodox views of Dre’s parents are mixed in with these divergent viewpoints. Given his successful family, Dre does not want to give anyone else any reason to point fingers at him.
If you haven’t watched any episodes of Black-ish yet, this is the perfect time to do so. If you like Modern Family, you’ll enjoy this show.
3. The Simpsons
The Simpsons are a dysfunctional family that has made generations of people laugh since they first appeared on television all those years ago. Marge’s compassionate nature contrasts nicely with Homer’s blunt approach to raising his children.
Bart and Lisa, the two main protagonists of the show, are polar opposites. Bart is a troublemaker who never seems to be able to stay out of it, while Lisa does everything she can to keep things under control. Maggie, the family’s tiniest member, hasn’t changed size in over three decades and is always with them.
The show, which has clocked up 30 seasons to date, is still airing and evolving to meet the needs of viewers today. With The Simpsons, Fox has laid the groundwork for future family-comedy shows.
4. The Office (US version)
Dunder Mifflin in Scranton has a regional manager named Michael Scott, who prioritizes the well-being of his employees over his job duties. It has a few standout characters and a slew of amusing storylines, all presented in a polished fashion. The Office, a documentary film, takes you behind the scenes of a seemingly dull paper distribution company to reveal its fascinating inner workings. As with the original British show, the American remake has been a huge hit with the younger viewers, who have benefited from the show’s abundance of memes.
As a result of Michael’s obsession, his family life has been replaced with coworkers who create an unsteady working environment for those around them. In my opinion, The Office has the most lovable TV characters of any show ever produced for the small screen.
5. Fresh Off The Boat
Fresh Off The Boat is a film about the American dream as seen through the eyes of an immigrant, based on the memoir of Chef Eddie Huang. While landing in “the home of the brave,” Eddie’s father pursues his dream, only to watch it slowly devolve into a nightmare when things don’t go as planned. On the other hand, his mother is unimpressed with the changes she has made to her surroundings. Her tenacity keeps her from succumbing to the pressures of western culture.
This is the tale of a Chinese-American family trying to make it in a new city while clinging to their old ways. Despite their best efforts, they can’t break free of the stereotypes that define Asian families and thus make them more relatable. The hilarity increases as they struggle to adjust to their new way of life.
6. Two And a Half Men
When Alan’s marriage ends in divorce and he must leave his home, he seeks refuge in Charlie’s Malibu beach house, which he rents from his inebriated brother. Alan must raise his son Jake during the divorce process, keeping him safe from Charlie’s antics.
Alan is concerned that Charlie will pick up bad habits from his brother and become just like him. After going through the adolescent years, Jake is maturing and starting to ask questions, but no one seems to know exactly what he should say when he becomes aware of how much Jake has learned.
Our heroes Charlie and Alan become closer as the series progresses, and Jake grows in stature while taking lessons from both of them. Even though the brothers are diametrically opposed, they work together to defeat common foes such as their mother and Alan’s ex-wife.
Two And A Half Men is a good choice if you’re looking for something similar to Modern Family.
It’s not clear from the title whether or not this is a family show, but it explores what happens when friends take the place of family as an important influence in your life. The six main characters, each with their own unique characteristics, can be compared to people you know.
Monica is a tough, no-nonsense woman who shares her apartment with Rachel, a newcomer to “living on your own.” Chandler, the group’s sarcastic leader, lives in the same apartment building as Joey, the sweet and innocent kid. Monica’s brother Ross is a dedicated paleontologist who enjoys what he does. Last but not least, we have Phoebe, who never ceases to amaze us with her enigmatic past and singular perspective on life.
A fascinating aspect of the group’s behavior is how they’re all trying to fill the void left by a strange family custom by exchanging stories with one another. When we see these people in Central Perk drinking coffee and chilling out, we want to be friends with them.
8. Parks And Recreation
Parks and Recreation, a spinoff of The Office, is produced by the same people who brought you The Office. Shows like The Office, which have a wide range of characters and a distinct comedic style, have a tough time entertaining their audiences. Leslie Knope is the head of a parks and recreation department, and she has the difficult task of inspiring her employees by showing them their value in the workplace.
Inside a government agency, we see the politics at work, as well as the lengthy procedures required to complete even the most basic of tasks. However, despite these insignificant roadblocks, employees continue to report to work, do the bare minimum, and refuse to put forth any additional effort in order to make their jobs more interesting.
9. Family Guy
With its unapologetic sense of humor, Family Guy, created by Seth MacFarlane, who also provides a number of voiceovers for the series, is another animated series that regularly causes outrage.
In today’s “politically incorrect” world, Peter and Lois are struggling to instill good morals in their three children. When things start to get out of hand, awkward teenagers Meg and Chris are the only ones who can hold it all together. While Stewie poses a threat because he plots to murder his mother whenever he gets the chance, Brian, the talking dog, foils his evil plans by intervening before they can be carried out.
Family Guy isn’t afraid to put a stake in your morals, but it does so in a tasteful way that’s punctuated by dark humor and its take on contemporary issues.
Family Guy is The Simpsons for people who like their humor crude and cruder than the Simpsons. Shows like Modern Family and F is for Families have more oomph, but this one hits hard where it counts.
10. Young Sheldon
The Big Bang Theory spin-off, Young Sheldon, is narrated by none other than Jim Parsons, the original Sheldon himself from the hit television show. It depicts Sheldon’s childhood in Texas, growing up in a religious family. Sheldon discovers early in life that he possesses extraordinary abilities, but most people are put off by his incessant ranting and think that he is unpleasant because of his heightened intellect.
His two siblings, who have to deal with the fact that they’ll never be as smart as him, are the most affected by his academic prowess. Meanwhile, their parents try to keep things under control. Having grown up around people who don’t get him makes him a bit depressed at times, but he can be cheered up with a few books and action figures. Young Sheldon might be able to answer the question of why Sheldon is the way he is for those who have always been puzzled by it.
11. New Girl
Having just gone through a bad breakup, Jess moves into an apartment with three other guys and the men decide to help her out. This group of guys quickly learns about their roommates’ strange habits as the seasons pass and they become closer and closer.
When Jess moves in with these wacky guys, the dynamic of the group shifts, and we see these shifts in the characters’ personalities as they face challenges. New Girl follows a girl who moves in with a group of guys to make things awkward, but the comedy meter is set to the highest possible setting.
12. Master of None
An aspiring actor, Dev, faces obstacles in the form of daily inconveniences and overcomes them through wits in this Aziz Ansari Netflix special from the perspective of Dev. When that doesn’t work, his companions step in. He also has to contend with his Indian heritage-obsessed parents, who want Dev to follow in their footsteps as an Indian immigrant.
Because of the realistic portrayal of everyday situations, the show appeals to a wide audience. It’s not a surprise, given that it’s based on Ansari’s real-life experiences to some extent. Despite being a fairly straightforward comedy/drama, this show stands out due to the excellent writing and talented actors who bring the words to life through their compelling performances as the various characters.
Both seasons of the show have been critically acclaimed, so the future looks bright as we learn more about these fascinating characters in season three. Those seeking a show with a unique premise like Modern Family won’t be let down.
13. F is For Family
Written by Bill Burr, a well-known comedian, the show tells the story of an average family in the ’70s, which will be familiar to anyone who grew up in that decade. Season after season, it’s clear that the comic’s stories are based on the author’s own experiences. Despite Bill’s repeated admissions to the contrary, it’s clear that he gleaned his sense of humor from the sometimes hostile workplace.
With only three more seasons to go, I’m eager to learn more about Burr’s out-of-the-ordinary upbringing. An excellent resource for those who have no prior knowledge of that era and are curious as to how things differed from that time period.
14. Freaks And Geeks
Freaks And Geeks is a classic drama/comedy that does an excellent job of capturing the diverse experiences that high school students have. It doesn’t focus on a single high school complication, but rather brings together similar entities to give you the impression that you know these complicated individuals personally.
After only one season, the show was canceled, leaving us with 18 engrossing episodes. Let’s hope they bring this gem back at some point. We have no choice but to wait until then.
Is there anything like Modern Family that I’ve missed? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.