The more the merrier: family over everything

These families might be different, but they have one thing in common: they have each other’s backs – and they’ll make you feel less lonely

During these uncertain, isolating times, being around loved ones has the power to put your mind at ease. They’ve seen you at your worst and steered you in the right direction when you were on the wrong path. Stay tuned for these family-driven series in July on DStv, where the characters support each other through thick and thin.


Outdaughtered: The Busbys

First up, it’s Adam and Danielle Busby. They made it into the history books in 2011 when they gave birth to the first and only all-female quintuplets in the US. In addition to their eldest daughter Blayke who’s now 9, there are 5 other little girls running around their house on the family reality show. In S5, the Busby quints reach a milestone: they’re 3 and sassy as ever. That means they’re keeping their parents on their toes while yelling, screaming and throwing temper tantrums. As if that isn’t enough, Adam and Danielle are forced to move out of their house this season when their mould-infested home becomes a dangerzone for their daughters. They struggle to cope with the pressure of relocating their 6 kids to a new home, resulting in their marriage taking strain. But Adam and Danielle’s kids eventually bring them together during their disputes.

Watch Outdaughtered S5 on Wednesdays on TLC (DStv 135) 20:00


Council Of Dads: The Perrys

If you give the Perrys lemons, they make lemonade. Nothing gets this family down for long. Not even the death of patriarch Scott (Tom Everett Scott), who died from an aggressive cancer at the beginning of the tear-jerking drama series. Being the caring dad that he was, when Scott’s health deteriorated, he enlisted three friends to help his wife Robin (Sarah Wayne Callies) carry the load. He wanted a strong group of men to help guide his 5 kids through life. The recruits are perfect for the job. They’re not only happy to lend a hand, but they’re on standby, ready to catch the Perry kids whenever they fall. The council warmly embrace the kids, and prove that family isn’t just people who’re blood related; they’re people who show up no matter what.

Watch Council Of Dads S1 on Thursdays on M-Net (DStv 101) 20:00 or binge on Catch Up

Years And Years: The Lyons

In this dystopian drama with elements of sci-fi, the Lyons family’s lives are turned upside down with the UK crumbling at their feet. The world as they knew it has completely changed and it gets worse with each year. There’s a Cold War between the US and China that has lasting effects on the economy. Ukraine criminalises homosexuality, and people store their brains on a software cloud. With England in turmoil, the Lyons stick together – like when Muriel (Anne Reid) takes in her grandson, Stephen (Rory Kinnear), and his family after they lose their home when their bank shuts down and they lose all their money. A family tragedy later in the drama brings them to the realisation that they need each other more than ever before.

Watch Years And Years S1 on Mondays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00 or binge on Catch Up


I Know This Much Is True: The Birdseys

Mark Ruffalo plays identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. While Dominick is a grief-stricken painter with pent-up anger following his daughter’s passing, Thomas suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. A chilling incident, in the form of Thomas chopping off his hand as a sacrifice to humanity, unites the brothers. They address their painful past and help each other heal from their traumatic childhoods.

Watch I Know This Much Is True S1 on Thursdays on M-Net (DStv 101) 22:05 or watch on Catch Up


American Housewife: The Ottos

This all-American family is held together on the sitcom by matriarch and ex-housewife-turned-party-planner Katie Otto (Katy Mixon). How she finds time to juggle her job as well as take care of her husband Greg (Diedrich Bader) and their kids, we’ll never know. But her efforts don’t go unnoticed. When Katie’s smart-mouth tween daughter Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) wins a trip to California that overlaps with Katie’s 40th birthday in an episode in S4, the family sees it as an opportunity to finally give Katie the break t she deserves. They recreate her favourite family photo and also surprise her with a visit from her obsession, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. Dreams really do come true in Hollywood.

Binge American Housewife S4 on Catch Up


The Conners: The Conners

Nothing matters more to the Conners than their family in this comedy. They’ve survived a great deal together, like a tense Thanksgiving dinner that ended with Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) getting into a nasty spat with Darlene (Sara Gilbert) earlier in S2. The ladies held nothing back during the squabble. It got to the point where Darlene read Jackie for filth and called her a “loser”. The two women were both emotional and tension was running high, leading Jackie to slap Darlene across the face. It was a shocker for the other family members who bore witness. Soon after the row, Darlene and Jackie talked through their differences, though, and today, their bond is stronger than ever.

Watch The Conners S2 on Saturdays on M-Net (DStv 101) 17:00 or binge on Catch Up


Keeping Up With The Kardashians: The Kardashian-Jenners

Thanks to their momager Kris Jenner, the KarJenner clan have become household names across the world. In their reality show, the sisters air out their dirty laundry, disclose details about their messy romances, and share their motherhood journeys. One of the things that the sisters have learnt throughout their 13 years of having cameras follow their every move, is the importance of taking a holiday together as a family at a private resort or going on a shopping spree to maintain the peace.

Watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians weekdays on E! (DStv 124) 17:15 or binge on Catch Up

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