Family models

Do you remember this TV series? Its name is Growing Pains and it is an American television sitcom about an upper-middle class family with a working mother and a stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising four children together which aired from 1985 to 1992. It clearly shows a nuclear family of six, The Seavers, who lived in Long Island, New York. It reframed the family in a context of supposed perfection and happiness with traditional values. But what about today?

Would this traditional family model be the norm nowadays? Maybe yes, but what is true it that family models are changing constantly and today it is not difficult to meet single-parent families or families composed of two men or two women. In fact, different forms of family co-exist and are reflected and treated with the same sense of humour, respect and accessibility. If you don’t believe, have a look at the following video below:


As you can see, Modern Family is an American comedy TV series with a satirical look at three very different families. It follows the families of Jay Pritchett, his daughter Claire Dunphy, and his son Mitchell Pritchett who live in Los Angeles. Claire is a homemaker mom married to Phil Dunphy; they have three children. Jay is married to a much younger Colombian woman, Gloria, and is helping her raise her pre-teen son, Manny. Mitchell and his gay partner Cameron Tucker have adopted a Vietnamese baby, Lily.

Complicated, isn’t it? Don’t worry…here you have the family tree of this unique family in order to help you understand the relationship with one another:




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