If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been missing shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood in your life. You know, those TV series with good family values and real storylines that just get you right in the feels.
That’s why we’ve got some serious hope for the incoming fall drama Almost Family, which hails from the same creators as those aforementioned series and stars the likes of Brittany Snow, Emily Osment, and Megalyn Echikunwoke. It all kicks off Wednesday night on CTV.
The pilot opens with Julia (Snow), the daughter of a famous fertility doctor, who seems kind of lost in life. But then it’s revealed that her pops (Timothy Hutton) actually used his own sperm to impregnate dozens of women, and her life completely shatters—especially when she realizes she may have accidentally slept with her own half-brother.
The new Big Three
Anyhow, that’s where Roxy (Osment) and Edie (Echikunwoke) come in. The respective gymnast and lawyer are just two of Julia’s half-siblings, and the trio develop a forced but sweet kind of sisterhood that proves family isn’t always who you grew up with. But also blood can be thicker than water.
“My character is very tragic as you’ll see, but she will find her way with the help of [her sisters], hopefully,” Osment teases.
Sure, the premise itself is kind of dark and TBH we don’t love the idea of medical rape (who would?). However the creators have sworn there will be serious repercussions on that front—including a public trial and jail—which de-glorifies the whole thing. They’ve also promised that this is a story about sisterhood and family, and really that’s what we’re here for.
“Obviously, Julia is very angry. Her whole past has been a lie, and she really does look up to her father. They have a connection and a co-dependence almost,” Snow says. “When he betrays her trust and he falls from grace, there is a moral dilemma with her of ‘Who am I? What do I even stand on?’ And I think everybody can relate to that idea. When you become an adult, you realize your parents are maybe not who you thought they were.”
All the feels
As the episodes unfold we’ll be introduced to new potential siblings while developing that core cast of women, which gives us infinite story potential. It’s all very dramatic but there are also hints of comedy that keep things moving along, and there’s plenty of self-realization too.
“Each one of us is going through our individual problems and our individual issues, and we are very alone in them. And we feel isolated, and we feel like we have to take them on alone,” Snow adds. “A lot of people go through that. And then, when this new formed family comes about, you realize that the connective tissue of us is actually what gets you through hard times.”
For Julia those hard times mean understanding she needs to treat herself better and move on from her haunted past. For Roxy it’s the idea of tackling her anger issues and understanding her parents’ true motives in pushing her to keep making money. And for Edie it’s coming to terms with her sexuality, her marriage, and who she really is.
“It’s a big bang of family dynamics. There’s a combustion that’s happening, and we’re all sort of in upheaval,” Echikunwoke says. “There’s never been a show that I know of that’s really dealt with these types of topics in this way. So the unknowable things, the things that [we] still don’t even know and the things that are going to come out in the news that we’ll be able to incorporate into our show, and as the technology advances, I mean, the possibilities are endless. And I think that makes for a damn exciting show.”
We kind of liken it to a lighter version of This Is Us without the time jumps, or an iteration of Grey’s Anatomy in which we would just follow Meredith, Amelia and Maggie living together in that great big house. We can’t wait to see where this show goes next, and we have lots of high hopes for its future.
Almost Family debuts Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.