ABC’s “Modern Family” has received an Iranian makeover — and it’s not so modern. “Haft Sang,” which translates to “seven stones,” premiered last Sunday in Iran and depicts a similarly large and unconventional family, much like the U.S. version of the show. Frame by frame and shot by shot, the sitcom almost mirrors the U.S. version.
One aspect of “Modern Family” that got lost in translation? Gay couple Cam and Mitchell, who recently got married in season five of the U.S. show. Also AWOL is oldest Dunphy daughter Haley, who is now portrayed as a teenage boy named Amir.
A rep for “Modern Family” producer 20th Century Fox Television confirmed that the Iranian producers of “Haft Sang” have not obtained the rights to the U.S. comedy, but had no further comment.
This isn’t the first time the sitcom has been molded for international appeal; Greece and Chile are launching authorized remakes of the series overseas. In Greece the show will go by “Moderna Oikogeneia,” and in Chile it’s named “Familia Moderna.” Shooting for two seasons of Chile’s version of “Modern Family” wrapped last December. Similar to the version airing in Iran, the series’ gay couple Mitchell and Cameron, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, are not featured. In both Chile and Iran, same-sex marriage is illegal.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) produces “Haft Sang,” and according to Slate, the network airs various series that “are typically 30 episodes each, and include a mixture of both comedies and dramas, all of them having an ‘ethical theme’ of some sort.”
Watch how the Iranian version of the show mirrors the original in the clip below.