The 5 best modern shows to binge-watch this weekend

This is it. This is life, the one you get. 

Netflix’s acclaimed “One Day at a Time” reboot returns this weekend for its delightful and emotional third season, reminding everyone else on TV how great the family sitcom could be. 

Even though we’re not in the heyday of the family sitcom that was the 1970s and ’80s, there are still quite a few excellent families to watch on the air. In honor of the return of “One Day,” here are our five favorite modern day family sitcoms for your binging pleasure this weekend (and you’ll notice, it does not actually include “Modern Family). 

If you value joy: ‘One Day at a Time’

There is no better family sitcom on the air right now than “One Day.” The reboot of the Norman Lear classic, centered around a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles, is essential viewing. The new third season is just as great as the first two, and features guest stars like Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and the one and only Gloria Estefan. 

Stream it on Netflix

If you love big families and Tracee Ellis Ross: ‘Black-ish’

ABC has had an amazing run of family sitcoms in recent years, especially this comedy about an upper-middle-class black family starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. The series has also launched the career of Yara Shahidi, who took her character, Zoey, to the spin-off “Grown-ish” on Freeform. “Black-ish” is a supremely funny show that also has something to say about the black experience in modern America, a delicate feat to balance. 

Stream it on Hulu

If you are obsessed with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

Before she traveled to Singapore for the lux life in last year’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” Constance Wu was already the queen of one-liners on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” a sitcom set in the ’90s about an Asian-American family in Orlando. It’s a slightly different lifestyle (more mini-vans, fewer BMWs), but equally as hilarious, and Wu and her TV husband Randall Park are one of the great comedic teams. 

Stream it on Hulu.

If you like a quirky sense of humor: ‘Speechless’

“Speechless” is yet another ABC gem, starring Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie about parents with a son with cerebral palsy. The show avoids becoming cliche at nearly every turn, and focuses not on how J.J. (Micah Fowler) overcomes his disability or inspires others with it, but how he lives his life and the unique stories and humor that results.

Stream it on Hulu

If you want something more adult: ‘Catastrophe’

Let’s be real, cute kids and their cute hijinx are not for everyone. If you want a series that nails truths about family and marriage, but is really just for adults, try Amazon’s “Catastrophe,” a British import starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. The series begins with a vacation romance that leads to pregnancy, that leads to the formation of a family that no one thought would happen. It evolves to be about so many other, very relatable marital realities, too. 

Stream it on Amazon


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