In the scale of 1 to McKenzie Phillips’ family, how would you rate your family’s sanity?
Come to think of it, every family is dysfunctional in one way or another. It really all depends on how you will define normal, I guess. Some parents marry their children as soon as their age hits double digits, some parents bear children so the children can work and put food on the table, some parents never allow their children to go to school, and some parents marry their own children.
Below are fictional families born through the idiot box and their kind of dysfuctionalness isn’t as disgusting as the ones I’ve mentioned above. Most of them are just crazy in that funny kind of away, the kind you would want to be a part of… sometimes.
10. The Wilkersons - Malcolm in the Middle
Family Members: Hal, Lois, Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey and Jamie.
Dysfunctionalness: The outrageousness of this family is really spearheaded by their mother Lois who runs the entire family like a crazy canine general who blackmails her boys by destroying their favorite toys and threatening to sledgehammer their beloved TV set and other tricks like that. She kept everyone together despite the enermous and clashing differences of her children. Malcolm is the genius who despises being in the “gifted class”. The other children have their own gifts too:
* Francis is charming
* Reese is a talented cook and baker
* Dewey has great musical abilities, and
* Hal has ability to have fun in even the most stressful circumstance (believe me, they needed it)
9. The Ewings - Dallas
Family Members: The new series will primarily center around J.R. Ewing’s son John Ross, and Bobby’s adopted son Christopher. There was mention of four other Ewing heirs: Lucy Ewing, Lucas Krebbs, (Bobby and Jenna’s biological son, who was raised by brother Ray), and JR’s other two sons, James Richard Beaumont (via an affair), and Terrance Harper (via second wife Cally)
Dysfunctionalness: They are badass rich and they have the habit of having sex with just about everyone. They have sex with their boyfriends, children’s boyfriends, brothers’ boyfriends, sisters’ boyfriends, etc.
8. The Bundys - Married With Children
Family Members: Al Bundy, a once-glorious high school football player (who scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School) turned hard luck salesman of women’s shoes; his tartish, obnoxious wife Peg; their attractive but dimwitted and sexually promiscuous daughter Kelly; and Bud, their unpopular, girl crazy, oily but comparatively smart son (and the only Bundy who ever attended college)
Dysfunctionalness: They are eternally broke, are the joke of the neighborhood, and eat so very little that they were often willing to trample each other for a turkey leg. Then there’s Bud – and no one wants to be related to Bud.
7. The Bunkers - All in the Family
Family Members: Edith, his wife, and their daughter, Gloria. Another essential character in this family is Gloria’s husband Michael, better known (at least to Archie anyway) as Meathead.
Dysfunctionalness: In 1989, Terry Rakolta, a conservative homemaker from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, led a boycott against Married… with Children after viewing the episode Her Cups Runneth Over. Offended by the images of an old man wearing a woman’s garter and stockings, the scene where Steve touches the panties of a mannequin dressed in S&M gear, a homosexual man wearing a tiara on his head (and Al’s line “…and they wonder why we call them ‘queens’”), and a half-nude woman who takes off her bra in front of Al (and is shown with her arms covering her bare chest in the next shot), Rakolta began a letter-writing campaign to advertisers, demanding they boycott the show. When you have people campaigning against you, you know your show is nuts.
6. It s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – The Reynolds
Family Members: The series follows “The Gang”, a group of five depraved underachievers: siblings Dennis and Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds, their friends Charlie Kelly and Mac, and Frank Reynolds, Dennis and Dee’s adoptive father, who run Paddy’s Pub, a run-down bar in South Philadelphia.
Dysfunctionalness: They are dishonest, egotistical, selfish, greedy, unethical, disloyal, lazy, manipulative, maniacal, diabolical, deceitful, hypocritical, vengeful, remorseless, overly competitive, immature, antagonistic, and arrogant, and are often engaged in controversial issues.
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