When you watch a TV series about a family, you usually have one of two reactions: you feel thankful that your own isn't quite that dramatic... or you can relate a lot to the loud (but fun) chaos of big family dinners and helping each other through your problems.
The best television families are filled with quirky characters who challenge each other to be honest. In real life, when relatives struggle to get along, it makes for some awkward holiday gatherings. On TV, it makes for some perfectly dramatic scenes. Using the Myers-Briggs® Personality Type framework, let's look at some characters on family TV dramas. Read on to find out which family TV drama you are, based on your sign.
10 Brothers And Sisters: ESTP
If you're an ESTP or "Energetic Problem-Solver," you would love Brothers and Sisters. Starring Sally Field as Nora Walker, the matriarch of the family, the show features characters who may be going on their own paths but who always come back together for a nice dinner (with wine).
ESTPs are "outgoing" and "observant" and "react quickly." This describes many of the characters, from Kevin (Matthew Rhys) to Kitty (Calista Flockhart), who are often freaking out about the way that their siblings are living their lives. This is a fun, chaotic show full of loud energy and juicy storylines.
9 The Fosters: ISFP
The characters on The Fosters, the Freeform drama which is now over, always help each other out, which means that if you're an ISFP or "Versatile Supporter" then this is your TV show.
ISFPs "holding firm to their values when bringing people together and facilitating and encouraging cooperation" which is exactly how Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena Adams Foster (Sherri Saum) approach their family life. They're "dedicated" and "understanding" and "tolerant" and "kind." The couple gives a real, warm, loving home to Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Callie (Maia Mitchell), and it's so sweet to watch.
8 This Is Us: INFJ
Everyone loves watching the TV drama This Is Us... even though it makes everyone cry all the time. Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore play the parents, Jack and Rebecca Pearson, of triplets Kevin (Justin Hartley), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), and Kate (Chrissy Metz). The series tells this story in a fascinating way as different time periods are in each episode.
Someone who is an INFJ or "Insightful Visionary" will enjoy watching this show, which has three seasons so far. The Pearson clan is "compassionate" and "imaginative" and also very "insightful." Whether Randall is leaving his job to deal with his anxiety or Kate is going through a tough pregnancy, they are there for one another, and they are "loyal" and "sensitive."
7 Switched At Birth: INTJ
Someone who is an INTJ or "Conceptual Planner" "are often able to define a compelling, long-range vision, and like to devise innovative solutions to complex problems." INTJs are "decisive" and "efficient" and "rational."
If this is you, then your family TV drama is Switched At Birth, which ran for five seasons and followed two families who came together when they learned that two of their children had actually been swapped at the hospital. The characters on this show are all confident and they're determined to forge their own paths and do what will make them happy, even if it confuses the rest of the family. For example, Toby (Lucas Grabeel) wants to be a DJ for a while, and his sister Bay (Vanessa Marano) loves art, whether it's being a tattoo artist like she does in the final season or doing graffiti all over their town.
6 Party Of Five: ESFJ
Party Of Five aired for six great seasons and followed the Salinger clan, who lost their parents in an awful car crash and are raising each other in the house that they grew up in. The show covers a diverse range of ages (from the littlest one Owen to Charlie, who is a young adult) and talks about what it means to be a close family and care about people.
This is your family TV drama if you're an ESFJ or "Supportive Contributor." The Salingers have many of the ESFJ traits: they're "sympathetic" and "personable" and "responsible." Well, they do struggle with being responsible sometimes (especially Charlie) but Bailey (Scott Wolf) does his best to act like an adult, working at the family restaurant, Salinger's.
5 The Sopranos: ENTJ
If your MBTI is ENTJ or "Decisive Strategist," then your family TV drama is The Sopranos. This show, which aired for six seasons from 1999 until 2007, followed Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his family... oh yeah, and the fact that he was a mobster.
Since Tony always had to stay one step ahead of whatever was going on, this personality type fits him well. He sounds like the description of ENTJs: "They like to organize people and resources efficiently in order to accomplish long-term goals and tend to be comfortable with taking leadership roles over others." He will "manage directly" and he's a "take charge." person
4 Friday Night Lights: INFP
Are you an INFP or "Thoughtful Idealist?" Then your family TV drama would have to be Friday Night Lights. Airing for five seasons from 2006 until 2011, the story followed Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton) and their adolescent daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden) as they move to the small town of Dillon, Texas.
This series focuses on two things: football and family. This show is perfect for people who fit into the INFP personality type since the characters have "moral commitments to what they believe in" and "typically try to help others with their growth and inner development to reach their full potential." Whether Coach Taylor is mentoring the football players at the high school or Tami is helping students as Principal (or being there for Julie), this show is about being "loyal" and original" and "sensitive."
3 The Wonder Years: INTP
It doesn't get more charming than The Wonder Years, the series which lasted for six seasons from 1988 to 1993. It follows Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and his family and is considered a "coming of age" show.
This is your family TV drama if you're an INTP or "Objective Analyst." Kevin is always observing his family members, from his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) to his bohemian sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo) to his traditional parents John (Dan Lauria) and Norma (Alley Mills). Kevin is "analytical" and "skeptical" like INTPs. He has many hilarious and sweet observations, like when he says, "When you're a little kid you're a bit of everything; Scientist, Philosopher, Artist. Sometimes it seems like growing up is giving these things up one at a time."
2 Jane The Virgin: ESFP
Jane The Virgin just ended its five-season run, and the TV show follows Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) as she gets pregnant (but she's actually a virgin, as the show title suggests) and has to figure out what to do.
The show's tone is campy and fun as there is a voiceover describing what's going on in every episode. This is the perfect family TV drama if you're an ESFP or "Enthusiastic Improviser." The characters, especially Jane and her mom Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) and grandma Alba (Ivonne Coll), are "friendly" and "enjoy life and being around other people." This is a show about enjoying yourself and not taking the moments with your family for granted.
1 Six Feet Under: ENTP
The beloved show Six Feet Under aired for five seasons from 2001 until 2005 and was about the Fishers, who have an L.A. funeral home. When their father passes away, they have to come to terms with that and also work together.
This may be a dark and serious show, but it has its whimiscal moments, like when characters literally speak to ghosts. If your MBTI is ENTP or "Enterprising Explorer" then this is your show. ENTPs are "often innovative in their way of thinking" which applies to Six Feet Under since it involves a suspension of disbelief here. The characters are "adapative" (like when Nate, played by Peter Krause, starts working for the family business) and "clever."