TV Shows Like This Is Us That Make You Laugh & Cry at the Same Time

Looking for more great TV shows like This is Us? Check out five more shows that will make you laugh & cry at the same time!

Looking for more TV shows like This Is Us that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes in the same breath? The show was pretty much an instant hit ever since the moment it aired back in September. In fact, it’s such a hit that the network picked it up for another two seasons! That rarely happens for new shows. I think the success comes from the fact that while it’s primarily a drama, it has enough funny moments to keep us from melting away into a pile of tears every week. Check out a few other shows like This is Us that do the same. This post contains affiliate links.


5 More Great TV Shows Like This Is Us

This Is Us is a drama television series that premiered on September 20, 2016, on NBC. The series showcased the lives of Rebecca and Jack Pearson, parents of fraternal twins Kevin and Kate and adopted son, Randall. This Is Us stars Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Justin Hartley as Kevin, Chrissy Metz as Kate and Sterling K. Brown as Randall. Here are more some great TV shows like This Is Us.

Better Things

Better Things is a comedy television series that has aired on FX for 1 season, premiering on September 8, 2016. The series focuses on an actress, Sam Fox, as she is trying to juggle the pressures of Hollywood life and being a single mother to her three kids: Max Fox, Frankie Fox, and Duke Fox. Better Things stars Pamela Adlon as Sam, Mikey Madison as Max, Hannah Alligood as Frankie and Olivia Edward as Duke.


Speechless is a sitcom television series that has aired on ABC for 1 season, debuting on September 21, 2016. The series focuses on the DiMeo family, each with their own unique personality. The family consists of parents Maya and Jimmy as well as their three kids: Ray, JJ, and Dylan. Speechless stars Minnie Driver as Maya, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Mason Cook as Ray, Micah Fowler as JJ and Kyla Kennedy as Dylan.

Modern Family

Modern Family is a mockumentary television series that has aired on ABC for 8 seasons, premiering on September 23, 2009. The series surrounds three families that are interrelated to Jay Pritchett, the family patriarch. Jay lives with his young wife, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett and her son from a previous marriage, Manny Delgado. Claire Dunphy is Jay’s daughter and resides with her husband Phil Dunphy and their three kids: Haley, Alex, and Luke. Lastly is Mitchell Pritchett, Jay’s son who lives with his husband Cameron Tucker and their adopted daughter Lily Tucker-Pritchett. Modern Family features the cast of Ed O’Neill as Jay, Sofia Vergara as Gloria, Rico Rodriguez as Manny, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Ariel Winter as Alex, Nolan Gould as Luke, Jesse Tyler Ferguson As Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.


Parenthood aired for six seasons from 2010-2015 on NBC. Like This is Us, it was almost an instant hit among critics and TV viewers alike. The series followed the life and trials of the Braverman family, the ultimate close-knit clan. It was based on a 1989 movie, but while that film was mostly a comedy, Parenthood included a mix of drama and comedy to keep viewers tuned in.

The Real O’Neals

The Real O’Neals is a sitcom television series that has aired on ABC for 2 seasons, premiering on March 2, 2016. The series focuses on the O’Neal family, a close-knit Irish family living in Chicago. The O’Neal family consists of parents Eileen and Pat and their three kids: Kenneth, Jimmy, and Shannon. The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenneth, Matthew Shively as Jimmy and Bebe Wood as Shannon.

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23 thoughts on “TV Shows Like This Is Us That Make You Laugh & Cry at the Same Time

  1. I have heard so much about this is us. But I have never watched it. I will have to check out all of these shows

  2. I have never heard of these series but they sound good. Thanks for sharing the wealth of info. I will check these shows out.

  3. These are all great shows to watch indeed. Modern Family I watch all the time but I have never seen This Is Us so I will have to watch this for sure. Thanks for sharing these awesome shows.

  4. I haven’t seen This is Us yet. We don’t have cable so if/when it comes to Netflix I’ll check it out.

  5. Sometimes I feel like I may be the last person on earth to have seen some of these shows. It seems everyone has watched Modern Family but I still haven’t.

  6. I love This is Us but haven’t seen any of those other shows yet. Thanks for the recommendations!!

  7. I haven’t seen any of these shows. I will have to add them to my list of shows to watch.

  8. I haven’t seen some of these shows, but they sound like some pretty good ones! I’ll check these out for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I haven’t seen most of these shows. Modern Family is one of my favorites though. Since I love that one a lot, I’ll have to check the others out.

  10. This Is Us is one of my favorites! I will have to check out these other shows, too! We’re always looking for good things to watch!

  11. I love all of these shows. My favorite is This is Us. It is an amazing show.

  12. This is Us is by far one of my favorite television shows. In a close second is Parenthood. We have a son with autism,so it has a special meaning for my family.

  13. yes! Parenthood… I frickin loved that show… I think I’ll rewatch it all again : ) Some of the others you mentioned I’ll have to give a try… thanks!

  14. I’ve never watched any of these shows, but I’ve seen clips of Modern Family and Parenthood – both look fun shows to watch. Thanks for the list.

  15. I love This is Us! All. KInds. Of. Feels. with this show! The only one on the alternate list of shows I have watched is Modern Family. I just got Netflix so I am on a binge watching fix right now thanks for the list I will add some of these to my binge watch list!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  16. Haven’t seen any of these movies.. Thanks for sharing the list. My husband loves drama movies.

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