My Family

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  • TV-14
  • 2000
  • 11 Seasons
  • 7.5  (10,391)

My Family, a British television sitcom that aired on BBC One from 2000 to 2011, revolves around the Harper family and their day-to-day lives, their struggles, and their triumphs. The show captured the hearts of its audience thanks to its hilarious plotlines, colorful characters, witty writing, and impeccable performances by its cast.

The patriarch of the family, Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), is an uptight, sarcastic dentist who is the polar opposite of his wife, Susan, played by Zoe Wanamaker. Susan is kind-hearted, open-minded, and understanding, which often puts her at odds with her husband, who has a short fuse and a tendency to speak his mind.

Together, Ben and Susan are the parents of three children: Nick, Janey, and Michael. Nick (Kris Marshall) is the eldest child and the resident slacker of the family. He is often unemployed, lazy, and spends most of his time playing video games or watching TV. His younger sister, Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe), is a well-meaning, ambitious young woman who is always looking for love and success. Michael (Gabriel Thomson), the youngest of the Harper siblings, is a precocious and hyper-intelligent child who is adored by his parents and often teased by his siblings.

The support system for the Harper family is provided by Janey's best friend, the bubbly and lovable Abi (Siobhan Hayes), who quickly becomes a permanent fixture in the Harper household. Abi's boyfriend, Roger (Keiron Self), is Ben's dental assistant, and oftentimes finds himself in the middle of the family's antics.

Throughout the show's eleven seasons, the Harper family goes through many changes and struggles, from Nick's various jobs and romantic relationships to Janey's search for love and success in her career. Michael also grows up before the audience's very eyes, going from a precocious child to a budding teenager.

As the show progresses, new characters are introduced, providing more comedic opportunities and plot twists. These characters include Roger's sister, Janey's various boyfriends, and Michael's friends from school.

One of the key strengths of My Family is its ability to tackle serious topics with sensitivity, while still maintaining its comedic edge. The show explores issues such as unemployment, infidelity, mental illness, and more, while never losing its charm and humor.

The show was also praised for its outstanding performances from its talented cast, especially Robert Lindsay, who won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Ben Harper. The chemistry between the characters was also a highlight of the show, with the playful banter between siblings Nick and Janey and the heartwarming moments between parents Ben and Susan.

Overall, My Family was an incredibly successful sitcom that captured the hearts of audiences by providing relatable characters, hilarious situations, and heartwarming moments. It remains a beloved classic to this day, and its legacy as one of the best British sitcoms of all time is well-deserved.

My Family is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (124 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 2000.

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A Night Out
11. A Night Out
September 2, 2011
An eventful night out is had by all, as Janey and Susan go to a hen night, and Roger goes on a blind date. And Ben, who should be at home looking after Kenzo, spends more time out than he bargained for.
Susan for a Bruisin'
10. Susan for a Bruisin'
August 26, 2011
Susan wants to look her best for an impending school reunion. When she is asked to give the keynote address, however, she decides that her best may need some help. Unfortunately, Ben is on hand to administer the 'Cavitox'.
Darts All, Folks
9. Darts All, Folks
August 19, 2011
Ben discovers that he is not quite the darts player his father was, and Susan discovers that her new personal trainer is not quite fit for purpose.
A Decent Proposal
8. A Decent Proposal
August 12, 2011
Sitcom. While the Harper family attends Grace's funeral, Susan has a visitor from beyond the grave with an offer she can hardly refuse.
7. 'Booked
August 5, 2011
Sitcom. An old flame of Susan's makes an appearance while Ben is away on a dental outreach programme, and she may just get her fingers burned.
Relationship Happens
6. Relationship Happens
July 29, 2011
Sitcom. Ben and Susan go off to a couples' retreat for a weekend, leaving Janey and Michael vying for the affections of Michael's new boyfriend.
Harper vs Harper
5. Harper vs Harper
July 22, 2011
Sitcom. Ben and Susan decide to go their separate ways, but will they end up in the same place?
Germs of Endearment
4. Germs of Endearment
July 15, 2011
Sitcom. Ben and Susan's trip to Spain starts out being an anniversary present from Janey and Michael, but then they discover that they all have to pay for it.
Accusin' Susan
3. Accusin' Susan
July 8, 2011
Sitcom. Kenzo seems to be the victim of a revenge campaign by Michael's old art teacher, and Susan finds herself caught up in a sexual harassment case at work.
Labour Pains
2. Labour Pains
July 1, 2011
Sitcom. 'New jobs for all' is the slogan of the day, as Ben is tempted to join 'management', and Susan and Janey find themselves in competition for the same monkey.
Janey's Choice
1. Janey's Choice
June 17, 2011
Sitcom. Kenzo's father is back on the scene. This is fine by Ben, but Susan has other ideas. And does anyone care what Janey thinks?
Where to Watch My Family
My Family is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch My Family on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (10,391)