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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What makes your family special or different?

Between Bruce Jenner finally admitting that he's not the man we thought he was (he's a woman), and Transgender becoming a TV hit, entertainment is finally breaking out and showing more families that aren't the cookie cutter type. Of course Bay Area families already know that the definition of a family isn't just a man, a woman and 2 kids. There is no one "right" kind of family. Some families come with same-sex partners. Some come with one parent. Some come with no kids. Some come with kids who are adopted and/or are different races or are blended from more than one family. Some come with no partners, but rather a circle of well-chosen friends that become family. Of course I could go on and on, but you get the point.

If you're looking for shows and movies showing different types of families, there are plenty out there now. Here are a few you can find on Netflix.

Gracie and Frankie - this is the latest Netflix original series, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. In this show, the husbands leave their wives to get together with each other. I haven't watched it yet, but I can imagine what these women might go through. It's on my watch list now!

Spy Kids - okay, so I saw this movie years back while babysitting my friend's kids. I didn't have a chance to finish it, so she let me borrow the movie to finish at home. And it's a kids' movie. I loved it. The kids become secret agents and I love how the roles are reversed with them being the heroes and smart ones.

Crash and Bernstein - Am I am man or a Muppet? That's what comes to mind with this show, which features a boy and his puppet brother in an otherwise all female family.

What are your favorite shows depicting less traditional families?

Disclosure: I'm a Netflix StreamTeam member.

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