10 Shows Like “Modern Family” to Watch Now

If you miss ‘Modern Family,' check out these similar shows like ‘Schitt’s Creek,' ‘Black-ish’ and more

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Modern Family premiered in 2009 and quickly became a massive hit.

The show was praised for its smart, often laugh-out-loud humor that helped complement how relatable the Pritchett and Dunphy families felt to many viewers. Modern Family was also notable for featuring diversity seldom seen in primetime up to that point.

Like the series’ name, Modern Family was all about showing how modern families looked – including blended families, interracial couples and LGBTQ+ relationships. But wrapped in a hilarious sitcom, the diverse characters weren’t perceived as preachy by viewers, and instead became beloved parts of the show,

After airing for 11 seasons and producing 250 episodes, Modern Family had its finale in 2020. But rumors of a potential reboot or spinoff began swirling in May 2024 after star Jesse Tyler Ferguson posted a photo of himself back on the Modern Family set on his Instagram. “Haven’t seen this view in a while” he captioned the photo.

While the show’s future remains a mystery, fans can watch tons of other great comedies that embody the spirit and humor of Modern Family. From smart and witty dialogue to relatable families, shows that pushed boundaries and more, Modern Family fans will love binging these series.

Young Sheldon

<p>Robert Voets/CBS</p> Iain Armitage and Zoe Perry on 'Young Sheldon'.

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Iain Armitage and Zoe Perry on 'Young Sheldon'.

This prequel series to The Big Bang Theory moved away from the sitcom format and became more of a family-oriented comedy that still had some very powerful moments.

Fans of Modern Family will love how quirky and hilarious the Cooper family are. But despite their eccentricities, the Coopers also feel incredibly relatable and real.

Fans also have lots to look forward to because a Young Sheldon spinoff series focusing on Georgie and Mandy is officially in the works.

Abbott Elementary

<p>Gilles Mingasson/Disney</p> Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams on 'Abbott Elementary'.

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Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams on 'Abbott Elementary'.

Part of what made Modern Family so popular was its smart humor and fantastic dialogue.

Quinta Brunson carries on that style of humor in Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary-style sitcom about the faculty of an underfunded public school in Philadelphia.

Within the show’s Parks & Recreation-style madness and dysfunction, the school’s faculty all bond and form their own little family, furthering Abbott Elementary’s spiritual connection to Modern Family.

In just three seasons, the show has already received 15 Emmy nominations, winning four times – including an outstanding lead actress award for Brunson.

Schitt’s Creek

<p>Comedy Central/THA/Shutterstock</p> Noah Reid and Daniel Levy on 'Schitt's Creek'.

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Noah Reid and Daniel Levy on 'Schitt's Creek'.

What happens when comedy legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara team up as affluent yet blundering parents who find themselves penniless and stuck living in a remote small town? You get the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG-winning series Schitt’s Creek.

Fans of Modern Family will love the show’s humor because a lot of the cast shares the same traits and personalities as Modern Family characters. Eugene Levy’s Johnny Rose will remind everyone of Phil Dunphy, and his son David (played by his actual son Dan Levy) feels directly inspired by Nathan Lane’s hilarious Pepper Saltzman.

Schitt’s Creek also has the same kind of feel-good vibe that made Modern Family so enjoyable.

The Middle


The Middle centers on the Hecks, a middle-class family living their lives in the Midwest.

The series has a great family dynamic just like Modern Family, but the real highlight of the show are the hilariously talented kids – eccentric younger brother Brick, overly-optimistic sister Sue and the oldest sibling, athletic but aloof brother Axl.

If you loved the great performances of the child cast in Modern Family like Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland, and Ariel Winter, you’ll love The Middle.

Fresh Off the Boat

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Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty

Despite being set in the '90s, Fresh Off the Boat feels very modern.

The show revolves around a Taiwanese family who now lives in Florida and highlights the generational differences between them.

Just like Modern Family, the series does a great job at taking some very smart humor and making it accessible to a wide range of viewers.

Fresh Off the Boat was also praised for furthering Asian American representation in television and launching the career of actors like Constance Wu. After six seasons, the show concluded in 2020.

The Simpsons

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Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection

The Simpsons were America’s modern family of the '90s and have remained an integral part of pop culture to this day.

While the show has faced a few controversies throughout the years, it’s also been praised for its relatability and humor.

Modern Family fans will love the clashing family dynamic between progressive Lisa, trickster Bart, everyman Homer and mom Marge, who tries her best to hold everything together.

The Simpsons has also used its comedy to tackle many topics that other series would find taboo, like politics, religion, the environment and LGBTQ+ issues.


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Patrick Wymore/ABC

Modern Family was groundbreaking for its primetime representation and playing on stereotypes.

Black-ish is another groundbreaking show that also plays with stereotypes, often challenging and correcting them.

The series centers around the Johnson family as they navigate life, work, love and growing up.

Thanks to its excellent ensemble cast, including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jenifer Lewis, and more, the show always tackled its issues with humor and heart.

After eight seasons, the show concluded in 2022, but it has been followed by spinoff series Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.

The Goldbergs

<p>Nicole Wilder/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty</p> Wendi McLendon-Covey and Hayley Orrantia on 'The Goldbergs'.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey and Hayley Orrantia on 'The Goldbergs'.

Set in the 1980s, The Goldbergs follows the titular Goldberg family as they experience everyday life.

Like Modern Family, the series doesn’t have any major overarching plotlines, and instead is more episodical, following the hilarious day-to-day antics that most families experience.

Because of its relatability (especially to viewers who grew up in the '80s), the show was a hit and ran for an entire decade.

Anyone who loves the relatability of Modern Family will find a similar charm in The Goldbergs.

Good Times

<p>CBS/Getty</p> Ralph Carter, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, and Bern Nadette Stanis on 'Good Times'.


Ralph Carter, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, and Bern Nadette Stanis on 'Good Times'.

Just as Modern Family showed what many families actually look like, Good Times was a series that showed what life was like for many poor families in the '70s, especially those in minority communities.

In Good Times, the Evans family lives paycheck-to-paycheck in a Chicago housing project, but despite their economic position, the family always remains strong.

The show is funny, real, and helped change viewers’ perception of what poverty looked like, focusing on emotional, loving characters with lively personalities.

Family Ties

<p>NBCU Photo Bank</p> Michael Gross as Steven Keaton, Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton, Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton, Brian Bonsall as Andrew KeatonTina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton, Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton on 'Family Ties'.

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Michael Gross as Steven Keaton, Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton, Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton, Brian Bonsall as Andrew KeatonTina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton, Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton on 'Family Ties'.

Modern Family showed how America was changing in the 2010s, and similarly, Family Ties showed what some families were experiencing in the '80s.

Family Ties centers on liberal ex-hippie parents and their conservative son (Michael J. Fox) during the Reagan-era. The two generations attempt to find equilibrium in their daily lives despite their differing views.

While not everything has aged well in the show, it’s still a great example of how America is always changing and how people with different opinions can still come together.

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