It is no secret that over the past few years, ABC’s expanding repertoire of family-friendly comedies has come to dominate the weeknight television-watching market.

Here is a list of the Tuesday and Wednesday night ABC comedy block lineup that is fun for the whole family!


  • The Middle – This series, narrated by middle-aged dental assistant Frankie Heck, follows a middle-class family situated in smalltown Indiana as they face day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children.  The show is on its eighth season and has been renewed for a ninth.

  • American Housewife – Newest to the ABC family, this series is on its first season as it debuted in October of 2016.  The show follows the daily activities of average mother Katie Otto as she tries to hold her own amongst the upper crust, arrogant housewives of Westport, Connecticut.

  • Fresh Off the Boat – This sitcom is loosely based off of the life of chef Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.  The show is set in 1995, and it follows Eddie Huang’s Taiwanese family as they move from Chinatown in Washington, D.C. all the way to Orlando, Florida just to open up a cowboy-themed steak restaurant.  It is on its third season.

  • The Real O’Neals – This show is in its second season on air.  It chronicles the lives of a seemingly traditional, Irish-American Chicago Catholic family.  In the first episode, their image as a poster family is destroyed when each family member has a secret about themselves revealed to the community.


  • The Goldbergs – On its fourth season, this series was created and is produced by Adam F. Goldberg. It is loosely based on his family and his childhood, with home video clips to boot.  Based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, this show gives a reality of the 1980’s as seen through the eyes of a young boy.

  • Speechless – Also new to the station, this show is only on its first season.  The series follows the DiMeo family as they move frequently to try and find a good educational environment for their son oldest son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy.  They settle when they find a school that prides itself in being inclusive, and where a well-meaning groundskeeper acts as an aide for JJ.

  • Modern Family – Critically acclaimed and 22-time Emmy award-winning, this series is on its eighth season and has been renewed for a ninth.  This series, based in the Los Angeles area, is a mockumentary that revolves around three interrelated yet different types of families (nuclear, same sex, and step-).

  • Black-ish – On its third season, this show has received critical acclaim including many awards and nominations.  It centers on an upper-middle-class African American family living in a predominantly white town in California.

Do you tune in on Tuesday and Wednesday nights?  What are some of your favorite family-friendly shows of the year?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz
Jane Jozefowicz is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she studies Linguistics and Computer Science.  Jane plays trombone and lacrosse and is the biggest animal lover you'll meet!