4 Series that Highlight Family Diversity

Do you know any series that highlight family diversity? In this article, we're going to recommend some of them.
4 Series that Highlight Family Diversity
Ana Couñago

Written and verified by the psychologist Ana Couñago.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

You’ll certainly have seen many series and movies starring a father, a mother and their children, representing a traditional family model. Fortunately, more and more series are starting to bring family diversity to the forefront.

This type of series is necessary in order for people to get to know about different types of families in our society. At the same time they’ll realize that they’re just as valid as those that fulfill the classic stereotypes. For this reason, we’re bringing you four series that are clearly doing this. Have you seen any of them?

4 series that highlight family diversity

The Modern Family series.

Modern Family

Modern Family is one of the most successful comedies in recent years. Throughout its 250 episodes, it has shown us the lives of three very different families which all share the surname Pritchett. We can see the day-to-day lives of:

  • A reconstituted or step-family. Here we have Jay Pritchett, a divorced man who re-marries to a woman named Gloria. She has a son, Manny, fruit of a previous relationship. They have a son together, Joe, who is the youngest in the family.
  • A homoparental family. Formed by Mitchell (Jay’s son) and Cameron, two homosexual men who decide to adopt and become parents of Lily, a girl of Vietnamese origin.
  • A traditional family. Formed by Claire (Jay’s daughter) and Phil, who have three biological children named Haley, Alex and Luke.

The Fosters

The Fosters is a series that has been well received by critics due to how it deals with LGBT issues in a completely natural way.

This series features Stef Foster and Lena Adams, a lesbian couple. They live with Stef’s biological son and two adopted twins, all of them teenagers.

These two women decide to foster two other young people, two brothers who have gone through different hardships and toxic situations with their previous foster families. At the beginning, it was a family placement, but with time, the trust and affection grows stronger and stronger. This leads them to start the paperwork for adoption.


Transparent is a comedy drama about the Pfefferman family, a divorced couple with three adult children, who each have their own independent lives.

4 Series that Highlight Family Diversity
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The story begins when the father of the family decides to tell his children that he feels that he’s a woman. Because of that he asks that they call him Maura. As a result, this means that the three brothers have to accept and adapt to this unexpected situation. At first, it’s very difficult for them.

Andi Mack

Andi Mack is a teenage series on Disney Channel that’s completely different to the type of fiction that’s usually seen on this channel. It’s about a 13-year-old girl who discovers that the person she thought was her older sister is actually her mother.

This series shows us the life of a girl born from a teenage pregnancy with all that it entails, both for the mother and the daughter. It should also be noted that this series has made history by being the first Disney series to feature a gay character.

The series that bring family diversity to the forefront

The fact of the matter is that diversity exists and can’t be hidden. Society must be prepared to accept and respect all kinds of people, regardless of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, way of life, etc.

For this reason, it’s important that fiction series highlight these kinds of groups. This includes those who decide to form a family that doesn’t resemble a traditional one.


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