TV has come a long way from the days of the nuclear family on every sitcom and drama.
From surrogates to gay families, to two men who aren't dating raising a kid together, there are plenty of unconventional child rearing situations that can be found on TV this fall. From brand new shows to old favorites, check out our rundown of the top 6 modernist families on TV this fall!
1. Raising Hope (FOX)
Premieres: October 2
What do you do when you have a six-month old and your baby's mother, who earned that title after a one-night stand, is given the electric chair after killing multiple boyfriends? Naturally, you call in your flawed and slightly effed up family to help you raise it. Enter Jimmy's mother Virginia (Plimpton), father Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and grea-grandmother "Maw Maw" (Leachman). The show already has two Emmy nominations under its belt and looks primed for more after this season.
2. Modern Family (ABC)
Premieres: September 26
Modern Family revolves around three families that have the center of Jay (O'Neill) and his children, Claire and Mitchell. Jay is married to a much younger woman named Gloria (Vergara), which of course creates plenty of storylines. The ratings and the buzz for this show have increased with each season and now that their salary issues have been sorted, fans are expecting this fourth season to be the best one yet.
3. The Neighbors (ABC)
Premieres: September 26
At first glance, the Weaver family seems pretty normal. It's their gated community, Hidden Hills, that's the problem. It turns out the neighborhood is populated by aliens! Not only that, but men can get pregnant, receive nourishments through their eyes and mind by reading books instead of eating, and cry green goo through their ears. We smell a classic!
4. Ben and Kate (FOX)
Premiered: September 25
This unconventional child rearing situation has a brother and sister raising a kid together. Over-the-top dreamer Ben (Faxon) moves in with his sister Kate (Johnson), a struggling single mom, in order to help raise her daughter Maddie. But along the way, Kate helps Ben back down from his cloud and into reality.
5. The New Normal (NBC)
Premiered: September 10
Gay isn't exactly new on television these days, but this show adds the twist of throwing a surrogate named Goldie (King) into the mix. Bryan (Rannells) and David (Bartha) want a baby to encapsulate their happy relationship, so they meet Goldie and she goes off to L.A. with their daughter to make it happen. But Goldie's Archie Bunker-style grandma Jane (Barkin) makes the trip as well and the whole family becomes involved. A Utah TV station has already banned the show for its gay content.
6. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Premieres: September 27th
With the show about to enter its 10th season, we pretty much know the drill here. After Alan (Cryer) divorces his wife, he moves into the beachfront home of his brother, the hedonistic Charlie (Charlie Sheen) while raising his son, Jake (Jones). But after a few many "winnings" and talks of tiger blood and Warlords, Charlie was fired in real life and the household replaced him with internet billionaire Walden Schmidt (Kutcher). And since Jon just won the Emmy for Best Actor in a comedy, it's safe to say some new eyes will be tuning in for the historic 10th season.
Which of these shows are you most excited for this fall?
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