17 Great Dramas That Focus on Family First

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7. The Fosters

The Fosters
Running for four seasons, this series follows two married women who happen to be named Foster and the natural, adopted and foster children they are raising. The Fosters stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum and various others as their ebbing and flowing brood of children.

8. The Waltons

The Waltons
The Waltons begain airing in 1971 and ran for ten years – nine seasons – featuring the life and trials of the virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II. There was an enormous cast including Ralph Waite, Michael Lerned, Will Geer, Richard Thomas, John Walmsley and Mary Beth McDonough among others.

9. Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie was another period piece based upon the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her family in the 19th century American West. The show aired from 1974-83 and starred Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle and Melissa Sue Anderson.

10. Parenthood

Everyone wants to be an honorary Braverman. The extended family became the subject of the television series Parenthood for six seasons beginning in 2010 starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig Nelson as beloved patriarch Zeek.

11. Brothers & Sisters

Brothers & Sisters
The Walkers brought the drama on Brothers & Sisters from 2006-11 and for five seasons there were affairs, paternity questions and financial disasters galore. Talk about stars!! Sally Field, Dave Annabelle, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, Patricia Wettig, Matthew Rhys, Rob Lowe and Emily VanCamp just crack the top of this amazing cast.

12. Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under
Death may have been the prevailing theme for all five seasons of Six Feet Under, but it was because we spent 2001-05 with the Fishers in their family funeral parlor. After their father died, the family got together to save the family business and we were all the better for it. Peter Jrause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, Rachel Griffiths, Justina Machado and Jeremy Sisto starred.

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