NBC's smash hit series This Is Us has been receiving a welcome round of applause ever since it aired last September 2016, as well as forcing the even most stoic of hearts to reach for that warm comfort blanket.
Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan, it brings to life the small dramas that make families tick — in particular, providing heart-wrenching insights into all the close relationships, the career decisions, the medical emergencies and turbulent conflicts, making us relate and experience a host of emotions in one fell swoop. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the emotional #ThisIsUs trailer:
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Without a doubt, NBC's addition is one of the most profound and refreshing takes on family drama that we've seen in recent years. However, that's not to say that there isn't a slew of other series and shows like This Is Us that tackle the subject matter. So, once you've stopped your lip-wobbling from the pure emotion of NBC's new show, take a look at some other options you could watch below:
A Selection Of Shows Like 'This Is Us':
- Who's in it? Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Family is the word when it comes to NBC's long-running television drama series Parenthood — a show that tells the story of the multi-generational Baverman clan, comprised of various ages and living in Berkley, California. A warm and intelligent look into how large families operate and combat the various obstacles in their way, it continues to be one of the network's most successful exports. According to a columnist at The Washington Post:
"[Parenthood] is a perfect piece of 'reali-scapism.' A television show that tackles subjects many of us confront in our own lives and dips all of it in just enough escapism to make it enjoyable to watch."
- Who's in it? Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker
Jill Soloway's comedy-drama series for Amazon Studios certainly broadened the already-wide spectrum of family dramas when it first premiered in September 2014. Another example of shows just like This Is Us, it combats sensitive issues revolving around an LA family and their sudden discovery that their father Mort is now identifying as a woman called Maura Pfefferman.
Considering Transparent is the first series by Amazon to pick up a major award and the first produced by a streaming media service to scoop up a Golden Globe for Best Series, it is 100 percent worth your attention.
3. 'Gilmore Girls'
- Who's in it? Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Paterson
Ah, the infamous Gilmore girls! Those quick-witted, fast-talking, pop-culture referencing goddesses who never stop for a moment to contemplate their very own white, middle-class privilege!
Admittedly, although it may be flawed, there's a reason why Gilmore Girls — 7 seasons and a revival down the line — continues to represent the epitome of a multi-generational drama, focusing on the escapades of a mother-daughter combo played to perfection by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel and their adventures through the close-knit world of Stars Hollow.
4. 'The Crown'
- Who's in it? Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
Take a moment to board a transatlantic flight to '50s Britain to focus on the most famous family there arguably ever was — the British royal family. Although perhaps slightly more high ranking than the average clan you stumble across these days, when The Crown came out in 2016, it reassured #Netflix audiences that the Royals also had their fair share of familial conflicts.
5. 'Brothers And Sisters'
- Who's in it? Dave Annable, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths
Running from 2006 to 2011, Brothers and Sisters introduced audiences into the fraught relationships of a group of adult siblings. Featuring an incredibly diverse entourage of personalities, the series explored the changing dynamic of a family following the death of the patriarch and the revelation that the family business was spiralling downwards.
6. 'Big Little Lies'
Who's in it? Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
HBO's new comedy drama Big Little Lies is stacked to the brim with some of the most notable names in Hollywood. Following the lives of characters played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård and Adam Scott, the miniseries tells the story of a group of mothers whose lives rapidly unravel following the discovery of a brutal murder.
7. '7th Heaven'
- Who's in it? Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel
Just like This Is Us, the prime focus of 7th Heaven is family. However, unlike NBC's offering, it is most definitely more suited to a young audience.
Concentrating on the Camden family, spearheaded by a minister father and a stay-at-home mom, the show brings to life the drama of having seven children and living in close proximity to their respective families. As well as introducing various friends, neighbours and love interests into the limelight, the long-running show addresses a real-life issue within each episode — and it is this that makes it a lighthearted but very relatable CBS drama.
Which shows like This Is Us appeal to you the most?