9 Famous TV Families That Are Way More Dysfunctional Than Yours
Holiday season is upon is, which means there's a very good chance you'll have to spend time with your family. You might have already done so last week for Thanksgiving. If you're still recovering from the same old arguments and embarrassments or preparing to deal with it in the coming weeks, it might be helpful to put things into perspective. Using TV, of course.
Dysfunctional families are a staple on television. They provide so many opportunities for conflict and comedy. While those families might be a barrel of fun to watch from the comfort of your couch, you probably wouldn't want to actually live with them in real life. Sometimes all it takes to feel better about your own family situation is to press play on a TV series.
With that in mind, we thought we'd help you cope with family craziness by providing some examples of how it could be much worse. No matter how bad your situation, there's got to be at least one family on this list that makes you go, “Thank God it's not like that with me.”
1. The Bluths, Arrested Development
I thought I'd get this one out of the way early, since I know you were expecting it. As hilarious as the Bluths' shenanigans are, from Gob's illusions to Tobias' attempts to at acting to Buster's hook hand, I'm don't envy Michael. Not in the slightest. Good luck with that, Mr. Manager.
2. The Dunphys/Pritchetts, Modern Family
I really shouldn't even include the Pritchetts in this, because I think that if the show only focused on Claire, Mitchell and Jay, it would be pretty chill. But add Phil and Luke's attempts at magic and invention, Hailey's stupidity, Gloria's screaming, and Cameron's everything, and things get a little more stressful. Manny and Alex can stay. And baby Lily. But not new Lily. No thank you.
3. The Hecks, The Middle
I maintain that this is the most relatable show on TV. But as much as I relate to a lot of it, I still find myself incredibly relieved that I don't have a hole where my sink should be and my hypothetical brother doesn't walk around shirtless drinking milk from the carton.
4. The Griffins, Family Guy
“Dysfunctional” is an understatement. At one point the entire family beat each other up in their living room for several minutes. Stewie despises his mother and plots to kill her constantly. The healthiest relationship is between the baby and the dog, and even they've beaten each other up. (“Where's my money?”)
5. The Clones, Orphan Black
They totally count as a family! And talk about dysfunction. One of them spent the first season trying to kill the others. Their immediate family lives aren't that easy either. Just your usual lies and murder.
6. The Barones, Everybody Loves Raymond
Never has a TV show made me angrier than this one. I despise Ray with a passion, and Debra deserves a medal for putting up with him. Also Marie makes me want to throw things across the room. WHY DOES THIS SHOW EXIST?
7. The Kardashians, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Sure, they have lots of money and fame, but would you really want Kris Jenner as your mother? Or Kanye West as your in-law? Or a brother and sister who are always pretending they have sex with each other? Or Kim Kardashian in your life in any capacity? I didn't think so.
8. The Drapers, Mad Men
They started the series as the perfect happy family hiding dark secrets, and then eventually they just let their mess show and broke apart. Cheating, hidden identities, more cheating, general awfulness. You name it, the Drapers have dealt with it. Sally Draper, you are my hero for putting up with this shit.
9. The Lannisters, Game of Thrones
Sure, your mom gets on your nerves about helping with the dishes and your sister takes your clothes without asking, but have you met these guys? Incest? Check. Murder? Check. A dick for a father? Check. King Bieber? Check. Should I go on?