Iranian Modern Family turns out not to be very modern

Believe it or not, there is an Iranian version of Modern Family. No, really, it’s true. It’s not official – in fact, it’s decidely unlicensed, but you can do the math on the relationship between copyright, Iran and the US – yet Haft Sang/Seven Stones, which airs on the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, not only has a very similar set-up also borrows a lot of the original’s scripts, although some have been changed so that men and women aren’t alone together unless they’re married.

For your delectation, here’s a video that compares them, side by side. However, before you watch, do you want to have a guess which big change has been made so that two of the characters aren’t identikit copies of the originals? Shouldn’t take you long…



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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.