|Created by||Herman Verbaet|
|Starring||See Current main cast|
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|No. of seasons||31|
|No. of episodes||7000+|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||25–35 minutes (with occasional 50-90 minute episodes)|
|Original release||30 December 1991 –|
Familie (Dutch for Family) is a Flemish television soap opera set in Mechelen. Created by Herman Verbaet, Familie was first broadcast on 30 December 1991. It has been broadcast consistently for 5-6 evenings per week, with only 2-3 month hiatuses during summer. It is currently being produced by Banijay Belgium and running on VTM.
Pierre Van den Bossche and Anna Dierckx have raised three children. Their oldest son Guido is a bright student, eager to become a business mogul. His younger brother Jan and sister Rita are less gifted and often feel pushed back, but are nevertheless proud of their sibling. Once the children are starting their own family lives, shocking news arrives: Anna is pregnant again and Pierre has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Pierre dies weeks before the birth of his daughter Marleen. Anna is devastated, but decides to stay strong.
Anna still mourns her deceased husband Pierre, but as she is turning 65 years old she is also happy to see her children are all doing well. Marleen is now a young adult studying at a fashion academy. Guido has successfully founded the VDB Systems electronics company, is married to the eccentric Marie-Rose De Putter and has two children: Peter and Veronique. Jan also works for the company and married to Monique Stevens, he also has two children: Bart and Mieke. Rita has been struggling due to the death of her first son Paul, the illness of her second son Pierrot and the ongoing rivalry with her sister-in-law Marie-Rose, but manages to find happiness in her singing career and her husband Dirk Cockelaere.
Marleen marries school teacher Ben Van der Venne. When she turns out to be infertile, the couple enters a long adoption procedure. On the day little Lovely finally arrives, fate strikes as Marleen gets fatally hit by a car while crossing the street. Ben has a hard time raising Lovely as a single father, but gets close help of Anna and her new live companion Albert. Eventually, Ben signs on for a development project in Africa and takes Lovely with him, after which contact fades. Years later, grown up Lovely comes to spend a couple of years in Belgium and tells her family that Ben has died.
After losing another child, Rita starts suffering a severe alcohol addiction. Dirk leaves her while she is pregnant of their third child, causing Rita to have a mental breakdown and trying to murder Guido and Marie-Rose. Rita ends up in prison, where she gives birth to another son, which she calls Pierrot again. After being released, she marries fellow alcoholic Rob Gerrits, yet both help each other to get their lives back on track. The family embraces her again and keeps a close eye on her, but cannot prevent her from a handful returns to drinking, such as the one following her divorce from Rob. She eventually revives her music career by signing on as a singer and animator on sea cruises. Pierrot grows up to be a very socially committed young man. After a failed career as a street worker, he moves to South America as a development aid.
Guido is still a successful and well-respected businessman, but his personal life takes quite a few hits, such as his divorce from the adulterous Marie-Rose and the alleged death of their son Peter. Guido survives multiple murder attempts by his professional enemy Didier De Kunst, yet one of those makes him end up in a wheelchair for many years to follow. Luck seems to get back to his side when Peter turns out to be alive, but shortly after this joyful event, Guido dies following a stabbing incident. Peter rises as his father's successor, while Veronique establishes a fashion company. Years after, the two companies merge into a holding in which both siblings maintain management positions. Workaholic Veronique is having a troubled relationship with her son Cedric, who blames her for having neglected him his whole life. Peter's daughter Louise leaves for a sabbatical in Australia before deciding how to start adulthood. Both Peter and Veronique have been married several times. Peter is currently single, while Veronique is dating the holding's current CEO Lars De Wulf.
Jan gets married two more times, with Nele Van Winckel and Linda Desmedt, which leads to three more children: Maarten, Leen and Guido Jr, the latter named after Jan's deceased brother. His professional life highlights when he gets appointed mayor, yet after his return to VDB he keeps getting downgraded until he decides to quit and take over the local café. Bart becomes an engineer and has a long run at VDB, while marrying Brenda Vermeir and getting two children: Hannah, who grows up to be a fashion designer for VDB, and Jelle, who wants to become a professional soccer player. After Brenda dies in a car accident, Bart starts a relationship with Peter's ex-wife Trudy Tack de Rixart de Waremme. The couple moves to Dubai, where Bart is pursuing a new career. Mieke spends her first years of adulthood doing development aid in Africa and South America. Back in Belgium, she marries Marc De Waele and gets a son Lennert, but father and son eventually die in a car crash. During her next marriage with Wim Veugelen, she has a miscarriage and becomes infertile. When she starts working as a nurse in the local hospital, she has an affair with one of the doctors, leading to her divorce. Eventually she enters a surprising but successful marriage with the younger Niko Schuurmans. After an accident, she suffers a change in personality, leading her to quit welfare and start a business career at VDB. Maarten becomes a chef and gets his own restaurant, managed by VDB. After the death of his girlfriend Roos, he joins a development program in Asia. Leen becomes a doctor and works in the local hospital for a while, after which she decides to become a general practitioner. A medical suspension after having committed a flight crime, leads her to join a development program in Africa. She takes her son Arthur and boyfriend Faroud Kir with her. Guido Jr becomes a car mechanic and owns a garage together with one of his former classmates. He and his girlfriend Emma Verdonck get a daughter Mila. Later on, it is revealed that she was switched with another child right after birth, and that a girl named Milou is their real daughter. Guido and Emma meet the girl's father and they agree to co-parent.
|Annie Geeraerts||Anna Dierckx||1991–present|
|Jef De Smedt||Jan Van den Bossche||1991–present|
|Ray Verhaeghe||Albert Thielens||1992–present|
|Caroline Maes||Mieke Van den Bossche||2002–present|
|Margot Hallemans||Hannah Van den Bossche||2006–2009, 2013–present|
|Peter Bulckaen||Mathias Moelaert||2008–present|
|Jo Hens||Niko Schuurmans||2009–present|
|Sandrine André||Veronique Van den Bossche||2012–present|
|Roel Vanderstukken||Benny Coppens||2012–present|
|Werner De Smedt||Rudi Verbiest||2013–present|
|Jan Van den Bosch||Zjef De Mulder||2013–present|
|Maxime De Winne||Maxime De Winne||2015–present|
|Kürt Rogiers||Lars De Wulf||2016–present|
|Vincent Banic||Guido Van den Bossche||2016–present|
|Jaak Van Assche||Alfons Coppens||2016–present|
|Janine Bisschops||Brigitte De Wulf||2017–present|
|Yanni Bourgignon||Cédric Moelaert||2017–present|
|Karen Damen||Vanessa Mariën||2020–present|
|Aaron Blomaert||Raven Rodeyns||2020–present|
|Charlotte Sieben||Louise Van den Bossche||2021–present|
|Maarten Cop||Jelle Van den Bossche||2021-present|
|Alix Konadu||Kato Vermeersch||2021-present|
|Belinda Voorspoels||Samira Jibrell||2021-present|
|Siegfried De Doncker||Koen Peyskens||2021-present|
|Jools Jatta Janssens||Jamila El Moussaoui||2022-present|
|Amine Boujouh||Brahim El Moussaoui||2022-present|
|Senne Meynendonckx||Ilja El Moussaoui||2022-present|
|† Peter Van den Bossche||Gunther Levi||1999–2022|
|† Marie-Rose De Putter||Martine Jonckheere||1991–1998, 2005–2015, 2018–2019, 2021–2022|
|Patrick Pauwels||Ludo Hellinx||2012–2022|
|Jenny Versteven||Hilde Van Haesendonck||2014–2022|
|† Iris Massant||Marianne Devriese||2019-2021|
|Stefanie Coppens||Jasmijn Van Hoof||2012–2016, 2017–2021|
|Simon Feyaerts||Braam Verreth||2015–2017, 2021|
|† Jonas Versteven||David Cantens||2018, 2019–2021|
|Robyn Versteven||Jits Van Belle||2017–2020, 2020–2021|
|Amelie De Wulf||Erika Van Tielen||2016–2017, 2017–2020, 2020–2021|
|Viv Neyskens||Ini Massez||2016–2018, 2021|
|Bart Van den Bossche||Chris Van Tongelen||2001–2015, 2016, 2017–2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022|
|Liesbeth Pauwels||Hilde De Baerdemaeker||2012–2016, 2017, 2020|
|Arno Coppens||Arthur Le Boudec||2012–2015, 2015–2016, 2017, 2019, 2020|
|Emma Verdonck||Bab Buelens||2014–2019|
|† Marie Devlieger||Lien Van de Kelder||2017–2019|
|Jelle Van den Bossche||Felix Jamaels||2018–2019|
|Wout Raaffels||Vincent-Laurent Seys||2016–2018, 2019|
|† Evy Hermans||Marianne Devriese||2013–2019|
|Maarten Van den Bossche||Michael Vroemans||2006–2013, 2014–2015, 2016, 2018|
|Ayo Buhari||Adam Mensah||2018|
|Leen Van den Bossche||Cathérine Kools||2013–2018|
|Faroud Kir||Begir Memeti||2014–2018|
|† Guido Van den Bossche (Senior)||Karel Deruwe||1991–1999, 2018|
|Louise Van den Bossche||Sarah-Lynn Clerckx||2006–2018|
|Trudy Tack de Rixart de Waremme||Silvia Claes||1998–2018|
|Stan Lauwers||Kristof Verhassel||2015–2018|
|† Wim Veugelen||David Michiels||2006–2009, 2016–2017|
|Cédric Van de Caveye||Bas Van Weert||2013–2017|
|Linda Desmet||Hilde Van Wesepoel||2001–2017|
|Jelle Van den Bossche||Jens Gruyaert||2006–2017|
|† June Van Damme||Katrien De Becker||2009–2016, 2017|
|Agnes Moelaert||Monika Dumon||2013–2014, 2014–2016|
|Guido Van den Bossche||Jelle Florizoone||2015–2016|
|Rita Van den Bossche||Jacky Lafon||1991–1996, 1997–2015|
|Guido Van den Bossche||Jordi Rottier||2010–2015|
|† Thomas Van den Bossche-Feyaerts||Pieter Verelst||2014–2015|
|Bert Van den Bossche||Steven De Lelie||2006–2011, 2013, 2015|
|Pierrot Van den Bossche||Guillaume Devos||2006–2012, 2013, 2014|
|Axel De Meester||Bram Van Outryve||2011–2012, 2014|
|Lovely Van der Venne||Vandana De Boeck||2003–2006, 2013|
|Evy Hermans||Sofie Truyen||2006–2013|
|Victor Praet||Robert De La Haye||2009–2013|
|† Paul Jacobs||Johan De Paepe||2007–2012|
|Veronique Van den Bossche||Anne Somers||1991–1994, 2001–2012|
|Hanne Van den Bossche||Ellen Van den Eynde||2009–2012|
|† Caroline De Meester||Kadèr Gürbüz||2011–2012|
|† Rob Gerrits||Erik Goris||1998–2011|
|Mario Van de Caveye||Patrick Vandersande||2003–2011|
|† Brenda Vermeir||Vicky Versavel||1997–2001, 2002–2011|
|Leen Van den Bossche||Ruth Bastiaensen||2006–2011|
|Morgane Maes||Tine Laureyns||2009–2010|
|Els D'hollander||Kristine Perpête||1997–2009, 2010|
|Malika Van Gils||Sophie Van Everdingen||2009–2010|
|† Xavier Latour||Eric Kerremans||2003–2009|
|† Christel Feremans||Ingrid Van Rensbergen||2001–2009|
|Suzy Mariën||Nele Snoeck||2005–2009|
|Kobe Dierckx||Stoffel Bollu||2003–2009|
|Guy Maeterlinck||Luk De Koninck||1999–2007|
|Eline Vaerenbergh||Lulu Aertgeerts||2005–2007|
|† Andreas Mitsides||Kristoff Clerckx||2003–2007|
|René D'hollander||Dirk Meynendonckx||1997–2007|
|Heidi Janssens||Helga Van der Heyden||2003–2006|
|Leen Van den Bossche||Saskia Raë||1996–2006|
|Maarten Van den Bossche||Gianni Verschueren||1997–2006|
|Pierrot Van den Bossche||Kristof Van de Vondel||1995–2006|
|† Walter Dierckx||Guido Horckmans||1991–2006|
|† Marc De Waele||Jeron Amin Dewulf||2003–2006|
|Koen Lamoen||Geert Hunaerts||2000–2006|
|† Annemarie Govaert||Brigitte De Man||2003–2005|
|Tinne Huysmans||Veva De Blauwe||2000–2004|
|Bert Van den Bossche||Mout Uyttersprot||2002–2004|
|† Sarah De Kunst||Els Meeus||2000–2003|
|† Thomas Maeterlinck||Bert Vannieuwenhuyse||1999–2003|
|Eric Bervoets||Stephane Croughs||2002–2003|
|Nele Van Winckel||Hermine Selleslagh||1994–2003|
|† Jo Bervoets||Jan Schepens||2001–2002|
|† Monique Stevens||Riet Van Gool||1991–2002|
|† Cathérine Misotten||An Nelissen||2000–2002|
|† Vincent Misotten||Hugo Van den Berghe||1999–2001|
|Veroniue Van den Bossche||Ann-Christine Hendrickx||1996–2001|
|† Didier De Kunst||Ronny Waterschoot||1993–1999, 2001|
|† Bertje Baetens||Marc Lauwrys||2000–2001|
|Henk Terjonck||Dieter Troubleyn||1994–2001|
|† Femke Maeterlinck||Stéphanie Meire||1999–2001|
|Bart Van den Bossche||Wim Van de Velde||1997–2000|
|Mieke Van den Bossche||Lieselotte Mariën||1991–1994, 1995–2000|
|Noortje Moortgat||Veerle De Jonghe||1997–1999|
|† Babette Van Tichelen||Bieke Ilegems||1992-1999|
|† Rikkert Moortgat||Remco Van Damme||1997–1999|
|† Lieve Vleugels||Lieve Desloovere||1997–1999|
|Lenka Wuytack||Petra Winckelmans||1995–1998|
|† Hugo Beckers||Hans Royaards||1994–1998|
|Manou Van Steen||Tania Kloek||1993–1997|
|Bart Van den Bossche||Christophe Du Jardin||1991–1997|
|† François Van den Bossche||Bob Stijnen||1992-1996|
|† Claire De Ruyter||Nora Tilley||1994–1996|
|Sarah De Kunst||Debbie Schneider||1994–1996|
|Peter Van den Bossche||Erik Goossens||1991–1995|
|Alex Le Croix||Donald Madder||1994–1995|
|Liliane Faes||Liliane Raeymaekers||1993-1994|
|† Simonne Vercauteren||Nini Van der Auwera||1992-1994|
|† Ben Van der Venne||Ben Rottiers||1992–1994|
|† Marleen Van den Bossche||Hilde De Roeck||1991–1993|
|† Pierrot Cockelaere||Steve Mees||1991–1992|
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