Everwood is one of those classic WB shows that you need to watch once in your life. The series followed an esteemed brain surgeon and his two kids as he moved his flourishing Manhattan practice to the quirky mountain town in Colorado following his wife's death. Assimilating to small-town life proved more challenging and the "human-like" storylines left us weeping by the end of every episode. Not to mention it stars Chris Pratt, Paul Wesley, Justin Baldoni, and Emily van Camp before they made it "big."
13 Reasons Why
This is a newer addition to the list -- we're still waiting for season two -- but it's a difficult watch because of the suicide narrative. It's follows Clay, a boy crushing on Hannah, who tragically takes her own life and leaves behind tapes for him explaining why she it. Despite the desolate tone and a lack of the "family theme," it makes the list because it exposes and awareness to a reality teens are all too familiar with.
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin is a show about a family. Period. They're the best depiction of a family who loves each other limitlessly on television. Don't be fooled by the silly title which undermines the shows intelligent storytelling, nor should you be swayed by the melodramatic situations that the Villaneuva women sometimes find themselves in. It's the shows way of finding comedy in tragedy and there's tons of it on this series -- the main character gets artificially inseminated in the first episode for goodness sakes!
I'm not overlooking what Stephen Collins did because yes, he's a monster, but I also don't want his despicable actions to ruin a good thing. And let's face it, 7th Heaven was a good thing. It was a family-centered drama that kept the faith and taught some valuable lessons. It realistically depicted the struggles of growing up while dealing with hot-button issues like pregnancy, underage drinking, and premarital sex. Not to mention it offered parents a platform to talk to their kids about these subjects which they oftentimes felt awkward addressing.
Much like the title depicts, the series focuses on the Johnsons, an African American family living in a mainly white setting which they hilariously navigate as they try to maintain their black identity. They laugh, they cry, they joke, they fight and they address controversial issues like police brutality and race relations. And we love every minute of it.
It's transparent (see what I did there?) that a show about a woman's transition is going to be exceptionally emotional. The show's soul lies within Jeffrey Tambor's Maura, who in the midst of her transition still prioritizes her family. She and her loving brood -- the kind you rarely see on TV -- serve as a prism to the struggles the trans community faces in the modern world. Considering how vital these storylines are, Tambor's sexual harassment claims were a huge blow, however, the show promises to continue on without him!