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…