From Life in Pieces to Better Things, here are 10 TV shows like Workin’ Moms that every fan should check out for more of the same humor and drama.
It doesn’t get more raw and real than Workin’ Moms, the CBC comedy that follows Kate (Catherine Reitman) and her friends as they try to get through the trials of motherhood. Whether pumping at work or standing up to her cheating husband, Kate is never afraid of being totally honest. She even navigates being a single mom of two kids while starting her own business.
The characters on Workin Moms are all pretty smart, and they know that real life is tough sometimes (or most of the time). There are a lot of other funny series that fans of this show can check out, and they all admit that things aren’t always perfect.
Life In Pieces
The kids and adults on Life In Pieces are all unique and special, and this four-season sitcom is one of the best of the genre. It might not be talked about as much as other family sitcoms, but it definitely needs some more love than it’s given.
The Short family consists of John (James Brolin) and Joan (Dianne Wiest) and their three adult children and their respective spouses and children. Nothing comes easily for any of these characters, but that’s where the humor comes in, of course.
Airing for three seasons starting in 2015, Difficult People stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as best friends living in New York City.
The two characters are creative types struggling to make it, but it’s unclear where their real talents lie or what they should be doing with their lives. Whether coming up with random business ideas and getting bored, or finding all kinds of ways to procrastinate actually working, the duo is always hilarious and quirky. The show doesn’t mess around when it comes to showing how tough their lives are, which is appreciated.
While Parenthood is a drama, it’s a lot funnier than it’s typically given credit for. Every member of the huge and quirky Braverman family is hilarious as they all try to get through the ups and downs of life.
Whether they have “the fever” and all start dancing (badly) to an old favorite song, or they’re talking over one another at a family dinner, this clan can’t help but find the bright side even when things feel hopeless. Every character is pretty witty and funny in their own way, especially Sarah (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Amber (Mae Whitman).
One Day At A Time
One Day At A Time is a great, funny family show that doesn’t lie about how tough life can be sometimes.
While the Netflix show does feature a lot of sitcom-friendly jokes, there is a serious message lying beneath them. Main character Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) talks about suffering from PTSD and depression in the first season. Instead of painting a pretty (and false) picture, Penelope keeps it real.
In a perfect town full of wealthy families, the Otto clan stands out in the best way possible. Instead of living in a mansion, they have a modest house. Instead of having a high-powered job with a huge salary, Greg Otto (Diedrich Bader) is a history prof. And instead of wearing the latest designer threads, Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) is all about jeans and plaid shirts.
American Housewife, which has aired for four seasons so far, keeps it real about family life. When the Ottos’ teenage daughter Taylor (Meg Donnelly) is about to leave for college, the big question is how they can afford it.
Jamie Lee wrote for and also starred on Crashing, the HBO comedy also starring Pete Holmes as a stand-up comedian trying to making his way in the NYC scene.
The show is both hilarious and at times awkward, as Pete has some trouble in social situations and it’s tough for him to succeed. The series doesn’t shy away from the reality of being a comic in New York, which a lot of people can relate to, as it can take a while for someone to make it.
Superstore tells a story that is familiar to many people: sometimes, working retail really sucks.
The characters all need the work, as none of them are very well-off, which makes this a great show about real life that many people will be able to see themselves in.
The Netflix show Love has a lot of interesting things to say about dating, and it also doesn’t pretend that relationships are simple.
Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play Mickey and Gus, two Los Angeles residents who like each other when they randomly meet, but who aren’t able to sustain a healthy and proper relationship for quite a while. They may be in their 30’s but they’re not married homeowners with kids and thriving careers, so anyone who is still figuring it all out will relate to this show.
While the Hulu show Dollface has some magical elements, such as Jules (Kat Denning) seeing a “Cat Lady,” it’s also fairly realistic.
Jules gets so caught up in her love story that she doesn’t make any time for her friends. As always happens, once her boyfriend tells her that it’s over, she realizes that she doesn’t have anyone in her corner. Sometimes rebuilding those bonds feels daunting and impossible, and it’s fun and moving to watch this character on her journey.
Pamela Aldon’s character Sam is raising her daughters on the hilarious and raw show Better Things. Once upon a time, Sam was a super famous actress, and while she’s managed to hold onto her career since then, the roles have definitely started drying up.
Instead of pretending that family life is always amazing, Sam lives in a comfortable but messy home and is constantly annoyed at her daughters, who drive her crazy. Of course, she loves them so much, but the show doesn’t shy away from admitting that relatives can be frustrating.