We recently put out a poll on Dysfunctional Family Thanksgivings. Which you should really vote in. Even if you’ve already voted. Voting more than once is the American way (note: voting more than once in a real election is actually illegal, so don’t do that).
Anyway, while there are a lot of delightfully dysfunctional families from movies, there are even more from television. Here are some of my favorites.
The Bunkers from All in the Family
This was a groundbreaking show that really opened up the sitcom genre. Quite a strange mix of characters in this family. Fun Fact That I Didn’t Know Until I Started Researching This Post: All in the Family was based on a British show called Till Death Us Do Part. You’ve just been served with knowledge.
Maybe it’s because it’s animated, but the alcoholism and negligent parenting seem so much more whimsical on here than in real life.
The Bundys from Married with Children
Al Bundy is a great thinker and patriot. After all, he is the founder of NO MA’AM.
The Connors from Roseanne
Roseanne continued the All in the Family tradition, tackling real social issues with humor and candidness. And they had killer Halloween episodes.
The Griffins from Family Guy
A talking dog who drinks like a fish, a baby plotting the murder of his mother, constant abuse heaped on the daughter by the rest of the family. Yep, I’d say that’s dysfunctional.
The Fawlty family from Fawlty Towers
Wacky Brits! Misanthropy! Farce!
The Bluths from Arrested Development
This is my favorite of all TV families. If you’ve ever seen the show, there’s no need to explain why. If you haven’t, shame on you. SHAME!!
The Tanner family from Full House
Not really dysfunctional, but everyone was just a little too sweet and nice. I’m not buying it.
Okay, there’s not even a family in Magnum, P.I., but man it’s a good show!