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12 TV Series and Movies Like ‘This Is Us’ That You Can Watch

TV Series and Movies Like 'This Is Us'

‘This Is Us is a 2016 Television drama series of American origin. NBC aired the first episode on 20th September 2016. It continued till six seasons with an average of eighteen episodes. The series focuses on a family of five members. Every episode of the series was critically acclaimed and ranked top on various dating sites. The audience loved the show for its realistic approach towards the visualization of what a family is like.

The quarrels, fights, bonding, affection, and standing for each other in every situation. The series features an ensemble cast of brilliant actors and actresses. Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson née Malone. Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson. Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson, Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas. And the list goes endlessly.

Jack and Mandy are a happy couple with three children. Justin and Kate are their biological son and daughter. They are the surviving twins from triplets, where Kyle is stillborn. After the couple’s intense grief of losing a child, they adopt a brown kid named Randall. At present all three of them are successful in their respective fields. Mandy gets married to Miguel (friend of Jack) after the demise of Jack. The series runs in a present to past format. It shows clips and glimpses from the past to explain certain situations and shows parts of their life. ‘This Is Us’ values true family bonding despite all the differences.

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Family, comedy drama series 'This Is US'

Announcement poster of season three of the series ‘This Is Us’

Series and movies similar to ‘This Is Us’

NBC officially announced in 2021 that season six will be the finale season of ‘This Is Us’. With this announcement, fans were overwhelmed for this was the end of their favorite show. The series belongs to the genre of family drama and comedy-drama. Though ‘This Is Us’ is one of its kind, there are several other shows to enjoy under the same genre. Here is the list of ten such movies and series to watch to recall our beloved show.

Parenthood (Family comedy-drama)

‘Parenthood’ is another American Television drama of 2010. Directed by Jason Katims, the series is inspired by a 1989 movie under the same name. NBC aired the first episode on 2nd March 2010. The series ran for six seasons just like ‘This Is Us’. The story revolves around the Braverman family. Members of three generations live in the same house. Ezekiel Braverman and the matriarch Camille Braverman are the eldest ones of the house. They have four children Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia. All four of them have children of their own. The series portrays the ups and downs of the family. Their daily life struggles but still living as one big happy family.

Little Fires Everywhere (drama series)

‘Little Fires Everywhere is drama series about America. Hulu streaming platform released the first episode on 18th March 2020. The miniseries is one season long with a total of eight episodes. Liz Tigelaar, the creator, took inspiration from a 2017 novel by Celeste Ng. of the same name. The story is about the impeccable Richardson family. Parallelly, the drama depicts the life of the eccentric mother and daughter duo.

Family drama series similar to 'This Is Us'

A clip from the series ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ inspired from the novel of Celeste Ng.

Brothers and Sisters (Family drama)

The Walkers is a family of wealth and fortune. They own the successful business of Ojai Foods. William Walker and Nora Walker are the head of the family with their children Sarah, Kitty, Tommy, Kevin, and Justin. With the death of William, many dark secrets are revealed to the Family. Including the affair of William with a woman named Holly Harper. The series parallelly shows the workplace inner politics, apart from the usual family issues. ABC aired the first episode on 24th September 2010. Directed by Jon Robin Baitz, the show ran for a total of six seasons.

Watch the comedy drama series if you like 'This Is Us'

The whole cast of the family drama series ‘Brothers and Sisters’

Life As We Know It ( Movie)

‘Life As We Know It is an American romantic comedy of 2010. The movie was premiered all over the world on the 8th of October. Greg Berlanti directed the movie that features Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as the lead characters. The plot builds around Eric and Holly when the two astonishingly become the guardian of an infant. Their friends Peter and Alison gave the joint custodial right of their daughter, Sophie to them. Which the two found out after the accidental death of the parents. The story moves further when Eric and Holly put aside their differences to nurture the orphan girl.

Watch comedy movie 'Life As We Know It' if you love 'This Is Us'

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as the lead characters in the movie ‘Life As We Know It’

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This Is Where I Leave You (movie)

Directed by Shawn Levy, ‘This Is Where I Leave You is a comedy-drama movie of 2014. The movie received a worldwide release on the 19th of September. The movie begins with the whole Altman family attending the funeral of the father of the family. Judd, Wendy, Philip, Paul are the four siblings whereas Hilary is the sensitive mother. The story builds around the seven days the siblings have to spend at their mother’s home. Along with their spouses, exes, and children. It is a movie about reconciliation with old bonds.

Comedy drama movie similar to 'This Is Us'

Theatrical release poster of the2014 movie ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ featuring the casts

Gilmore Girls (comedy-drama)

Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore share a dysfunctional mother and daughter bond. The whole series revolves around the daily life struggles of the two. Be it at home, school, or work. And how the mother-daughter pair cope with each other. The series maintains the perfect balance between the friendship and mother-daughter affection of the two. Amy Sherman-Palladino directed the 2001 series. It has a total of seven seasons with an average of 22 episodes. Later in the year 2016, Netflix released a revival series named ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.

Family drama series 'Gilmore Girls' similar to 'This Is US'

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as the lead characters of  ‘Gilmore Girls’.

Vida ( drama series )

Circumstantial events lefts two polar opposite sisters to live under the same roof. The Mexican sisters, the last persons they want to be with, come across several realizations. They are confronted by their past events. And learns a deep dark secret of their deceased mother. Tanya Saracho, the creator of the series, took inspiration from a short story by Richard Villegas titled ‘Pour Vida’. The series continues for three seasons only. Starz aired the first episode of the show on 6th May 2018.

Watch the series 'Vida' if you love 'This Is Us'

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as the lead characters of  ‘Gilmore Girls’

One Day At A Time ( drama series )

Circumstantial events lefts two polar opposite sisters to live under the same roof. The Mexican sisters, the last persons they want to be with, come across several realizations. They are confronted by their past events. And learns a deep dark secret of their deceased mother. Tanya Saracho, the creator of the series, took inspiration from a short story by Richard Villegas titled ‘Pour Vida’. The series continues for three seasons only. Starz aired the first episode of the show on 6th May 2018.

Watch the comedy drama 'One Day At A Time' if you like 'This Is Us'

Announcement poster of season five of the original series ‘One Day At A Time’

Definitely, Maybe (movie)

Adam Brooke directed the 2008 romantic comedy movie ‘Definitely, maybe’. The movie received a theatrical release on Valentine’s day, February 14th of 2008. The story begins with William Matthew Hayes working at an advertising agency. He is struggling through a divorce with her wife Sarah. And taking care of their ten-year-old daughter Maya. William has to explain to his daughter how he met his mother and the two got married. And also the circumstances for their divorce. The movie sublimely portrays the pure bond between a father and a daughter.

Comedy movie 'Definitely Maybe' similar to 'This Is Us'

Ryan Reynolds as William Hayes and Abigail Breslin as Maya Hayes in the movie ‘Definitely, Maybe’

Friday Night Light (high school drama)

‘Friday Night Light’ focuses on the High School’s football team named ‘Panthers’. It is located in the fictional small town of Dillion, Texas. The American series addresses several issues that happen in a small town. Such as racist behavior, drug abuse, lack of opportunities, financial stress, and much more. But, the show also projects the importance of family and values. Peter Berg created the 2006 series. It is based on a nonfictional book by H.G. Bissinger titled ‘Friday Night Light: A town, A team, A dream’. The show continued for a total of five seasons. NBC aired the first episode on 3rd October 2006.

Watch the series 'Friday Night Lights' if you like 'This Is Us'

Poster of season three announcement of the series ‘Friday Night Lights’ featuring the casts

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