Introduction. This article analyses the evolution of family representations in Spanish fiction television, with a special focus on the roles assigned to female characters. Methods. The study is based on the analysis of 709 characters, with varying degrees of protagonism in the fictional programming premiered in 2013 and 2014 in national and regional Spanish TV channels. Conclusions and discussion. The study has shown that the representation of families in Spanish fiction television still privileges the traditional family model, although more innovative family models and roles are being increasingly incorporated.