A Modern-Day Brady Bunch?

Free non-commercial channel BYUtv debuts two interconnected, but standalone, 10-episode sitcoms today, April 19 —The Parker Andersons at 7 pm ET and Amelia Parker at 7:30 pm – which look at the life of a blended, multicultural, interracial family from two different perspectives.

The first episodes of both shows can already be streamed at byutv.org/theparkerandersons and byutv.org/ameliaparker respectively.

The Parker Andersons follows a British widower, father of one girl and one boy, who moves to Chicago and marries the mother of one girl and one boy. The dad is black, the mom is white, and both are played by Canadians (Arnold Pinnock, Kate Hewlett).

Amelia Parker centers around the quietest member of the new family, a tween girl (Millie Davis) who rarely speaks in the first series, but lets out all her hopes, anxieties and fears in the second series.

“It’s easy to invest in the hectic life of the Parker Anderson family and the love they have for each other despite their struggles, making us care about them even more,” said Andra Johnson Duke, head of content at BYUtv.

Parker Andersons, Amelia Parker
(‘The Parker Andersons’/’Amelia Parker,’ courtesy BYUtv)

After today, episodes of each series will premiere at the same times on subsequent Mondays and will then also be available to stream on demand through the BYUtv app and at BYUtv.org/shows.

BYUtv’s 24/7 channel streams at byutv.org./livetv (you’ll need to create a free account first) and is also available via satellite and many cable systems. The service also just launched on subscription family streamer Frndly TV.

(Top image: the Parker Andersons. Source: BYUtv)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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