11 TV shows about family that don't include the words 'full' or 'house'

The new show "Fuller House" is set to debut on Netflix this week. But it's far from the only family-related TV show out there. Here are 11.
Feb 25, 2016

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  • The wait is almost over. This Friday, Americans will finally have the opportunity to catch up with the Tanner family as "Fuller House" — the spinoff sequel to the '90s sitcom "Full House" — will premiere on Netflix.

  • This new show focuses on DJ Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) and the struggles she faces while raising her three children. Luckily, she has her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) by her side.

  • Reviews have already started to pour in, and many seem a little skeptical about the reach of the new show. The Washington Post's Hank Stuever said in his review that "Fuller House" is the latest and biggest example of '90s nostalgia returning to the television screen. It's full of the same corny jokes, sometimes hilarious hijinks and dreary dramatic moments as its predecessor, paving the way for nothing new whatsoever.

  • Stuever wasn't the only critic to point this out. In fact, reviews from Mashable, Slate and The AV Club all highlighted that this new show — though still a quality and family-friendly form of programming — relies too much on old jokes to really be successful on its own.

  • "Fuller House is so in keeping with the spirit of the original, so unabashedly cheesy and canned, so well-meaning and gentle, that though it is bad and has no reason to exist, on its own terms it is also surprisingly good," Slate's Willa Paskin wrote.

  • Still, many may not want to watch a TV show that they've pretty much already watched a thousand times over, thanks to all those Nick at Nite and TBS reruns.

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  • Luckily for those uninterested in "Fuller House," the TV market is saturated with content of all genres for people to enjoy, including a fair amount of shows about families, 11 of which we've outlined below.

  • "Rattled" — TLC

  • Get ready to see what it's like to raise a baby. This TLC show follows the lives of couples who raise their children as they travel across the country.

  • "Stuck in the Middle" — Disney Channel

  • This show follows the life of 12-year-old Harley, a smart middle child who's trying to figure out how she fits in with a big family. This show debuts later this year.

  • "SAHM: Stay at Home Mom" — TBD

  • A former workaholic and now stay-at-home mom learns to parent her children, finding that it's a lot harder than she thought it would be.

  • "Tia Mowry at Home" — Cooking Channel

  • This is a behind-the-scenes look into the life of former '90s teen TV star Tia Mowry. Most of the show centers around different cooking recipes and how her cooking talent has affected her life.

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  • "The Willis Family" — TLC

  • Large families aren't uncommon in America, so it's no surprise that there's a show about a family of 14. "The Willis Family" follows the lives of this large family, and already has one season under its belt.

  • "Family Values: The Series" — Amazon

  • Exclusive to Amazon, this show follows the life of a middle-aged mom and her three children who fall on hard times and have to return to their old hometown.

  • "Life on Our Own" — YouTube

  • After their parents pass away, two young sisters must figure out how to live their own lives without a parent around to help them.

  • "Meet the Smiths" — TBS

  • "Meet the Smiths" is a reality series that spreads positive messages about how a close family lives their lives. It stars former NBA player Kenny Smith and his wife.

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  • "Reply 1988" — TVN

  • This South Korean television series follows the lives of five families who live on the same street in Seoul back in 1988.

  • "The Inspectors" — CBS

  • In this show, single Amanda Wainwright and her son work to solve crimes, although it's not in the way you think. Wainwright is a U.S. postal inspector and her son is an intern of a forensic lab. Hilarity obviously ensues.

  • BONUS

  • "Once Upon a Time" – ABC

  • You've probably heard of this show because of its modern spin on fairy tales. But "Once Upon a Time" actually is a family story. The lead character Emma is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and the three are often faced with tasks they have to tackle together as a family.

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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