Top 10 TV Families You Wish Were Yours
1. The Bunkers, All in the Family
While Archie Bunker may have been the most obnoxious lout in the history of TV, his arguments with his son-in-law, Michael, reassured an America that families don’t really need to agree about politics to love and support each other.
2. The Bluths, Arrested Development
The fun of being a Bluth would be experiencing the fun/horror when your brothers’ magic shows go gruesomely awry, or when your uncle is mistakenly accused of pedophila while wearing a Fantastic Four “The Thing” costume. The Bluths teach us that sometimes you have to sit back and laugh at the insanity.
3. The Bundys, Married with Children
Ah, the not-so-functional Bundys. Cultivating a well-adjusted family is a huge undertaking and that’s not something that Al and Peggy Bundy are interested in at all. But the Bundys seem to make it work, somehow. Life might be miserable, but at least your family is too jaded to notice.
4. The Pritchetts (Modern Family)
The original hook for Modern Family was to portray to the masses an “unconventional” family unit. But divorces, remarriage and marriage equality are actually very relatable topics for many families in America. To be a Pritchett means openly embracing the “unconventional” as the new “conventional”.
5. The Conners (Roseanne)
There’s something so appealing about being a part of this flannel-loving, laid-back family constantly living on the edge of financial ruin. When you are free to speak your mind, and don’t need to watch your language—well, that might be the best possible family environment to grow up in.
6. The Huxtables (The Cosby Show)
The Huxtable children grew up in a glorious Brooklyn brownstone where it was not uncommon for famous musicians to drop by for some unexpected fun. James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson all wandered into that living room at one time or another.
7. The Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
High society meets urban comedian in this classic ’90s sitcom. This is one family dynamic we definitely want in on. Having Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith as a relative? The best! Humor! Charisma! Surely, it would rub off on you. And if it doesn’t, at least you’ll be on Uncle Phil’s good side…
8. The Osbournes (The Osbournes)
Subtitles were often required to decipher what father Ozzy was saying. Even then, it didn’t make much sense. To be an Osbourne means to embrace your inner rockstar and leave a fiery path in your wake. There is no shame in letting your family freak flag fly.
9. The Simpsons (The Simpsons)
The Simpsons seem to hold a carnival mirror to the everyday American family. Homer sees himself as a superhero father and husband, but usually shoots himself in the foot at every opportunity. When we can laugh at our flaws and love unconditionally, no matter how much we may want to strangle each other, that’s the true meaning of “family.”
10. The Sopranos (The Sopranos)
What better way to allow Americans to vicariously experience the dark heart of the American dream than with a family of criminals and criminal-enablers? Being a fan of The Sopranos required leaving our moral comfort zone and entering a family deprived of basic ethical reasoning. At least in this dark world, our father would be always looking out for us, as long as we did nothing to endanger his criminal activity, of course.