18 TV Shows About Real ‘All American’ Families That Aren’t ‘Roseanne’
In the days since the “Roseanne” revival debuted and set records, many fans of the show that once embraced feminism and discussions of class have undoubtedly been disappointed. With a main character no longer open to diversity and change and is instead a staunch Trump supporter, many of us have felt left down.
If you’re boycotting the show but still looking to watch something about a family check out these shows that are well aware of the fact that the immigrant experience has always been a cornerstone of American culture.
1. One Day At A Time
Latins have waited way too long for this Netflix original that speaks to a truly ‘all American’ experience. In this heartfelt series that examines and explores what it means to be Latino and American, Justina Machado and Rita Moreno star as a mother daughter pair raising a Cuban family. This show address nearly every topic that comes up in today’s households, particularly ones whose families are of color.
2. Jane The Virgin
Jane Villanueva is the daughter of a teen mother aspiring to be a teacher and author. The show speaks to the Latino household epxiernece with the satirical romantic comedy- telenovela take you didn’t know you needed. The show’s complex storytelling embraces Latino expereinces, feminism, politics and family values.
3. Modern Family
This mockumentary style family sticom centers around the Pritchett family a league split up into 3 different types of families that are so common in today’s America. You get the nuclear family, step- and same-sex all in one show. The Pritchet family includes Gloria Delgado Pritchett, a passionate Colombian mother who raises a son often told to hide his cultural background and shows him to embrace it.
Cristela was only around for one season and was canceled by ABC back in 2015, still the show is available to stream online and speaks in very real ways to the American experience. Cristela Hernandez is a Mexican-American law school graduate living in Dallas, Texas with her sister and pursuing the American Dream by taking up the job of an unpaid intern at a law firm.
3. ¿Qué Pasa, USA?
“¿Que Pasa, USA?” seasons have been over decades but it’s portrayal of a bilingual American family is still relevant. As the first bilingual sitcom on television, the show had an equal mix of English and Spanish in every episode (perfect for the Latino looking to learn). The show showcased a multigenerational Cuban-American family living in Miami and working to hold on to its culture while also adapting to Americna life. 4. On My Block
It’s not “Stranger Things,” or “The Wonder Years” but this Netflix series is pretty close. The show about a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood exmaines the lifes of four streetsmart teens from families of all kinds of backgrounds. There’s Monse Finnie, an Afro-Latina, Ruby Martinez, a Mexican math whis, Jamal Turner a nerdy Black kid and Cesar Diaz a smart kid pressured into gang life.
ABC’s show about the Johnsons focuses on a Black family living in today’s America where racism is still very alive but Black people are capable of thriving. The show’s viewpoint on what is like to raise kids in a America today just works.
6. The George Lopez Show
It’s been years since one of TV’s most visible Latinos said goodbye to this show about a man raising a Latino nuclear family while suegra looms large. 7. Chico And The Man
Freddie Prinze stars in this 70s series with four seasons about an optimistic Chicano who turns an ignornant and hard-drinking mans opinon about Latino culture around. Now that’s a show Roseanne’s audience could stand to watch.
8. Fresh Off the Boat
ABC’ show about an Asian-American family brings in all the ’90s nostalgia, touches on hip-hop culture and the immigrant experience. The Huangs are a Taiwanese family navigating culture clashes and embracing the Ameircan dream. Their family speaks to Asian experience in way that is completely universal.
9. Ugly Betty
This show based on a Colombian soap opera became a hit back in the early 2000s and no longer airs new episodes on TV but reruns are easy to come by. The show was a winner of two Golden Globes and highlighted the life of Betty Suarez a Meixcan American attempting to make it big in the print world as a writer.
It’s an animated film with trolls, sure, and has little focus on Latino traditions but the show is pact full with Latino talen. Guillermo Del Toro brings you into his imagination in a show that brings a good mix of comedy, action, and plot to the table.
11. Stuck in the Middle
“Jane the Virgin”’s Jenna Orteg stars as Harley, the middle child of a pretty big Latino famiy. The whipsmart and resourceful teen uses science to solve most of her everyday problems and achieve her goals.
12. Nina’s World
Families looking to fill their “Dora Explorer” kick will love this show about a young Latina attempting to connect with her Latino roots. The best part? Abuelita Yolie’s voice is performed by Puerto Rican reina Rita Moreno.
13. Elena of Avalor
Disney’s first Latina princess, Elena isn’t the kind of princess waiting arround to be rescued. She battles her own obstacles and fights for her family.
14. Gran’pa Knows Best
this show based ona web series airs on HBO Latino and allows William Caballero’s 86-year-old abuelo, Victor Muriel, provide the world with his own musings about the world. The show answers real question from viewers and doles out some hilarious advice.
15. The Fosters
This progressive blended family has been around since 2013 and follows the lives of the Foster family which is led by a lesbian couple as they raise four adopted children in San Diego.
16. East Los High
Catch this series on Hulu as it depics all of the teen drama from an American Latino experience you could ever want. Starring Danielle Vega, Gabriel Chavarria, Alicia Sixtos, and Vannessa Vasquez the show is Hulu’s longest running series.
17. The Get Down
This Baz Luhrmann TV series is available on Netflix and focuses on the hip-hop scene of 1970s Bronx, NY.
Donald Glover’s show about two counsins helping each other rise to the top of Atlan’s music scene focuses on the lives of their families as they try to define the line between “real life and street life.”
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