If my family were on TV I know we would likely be a hit show; we're dysfunctional, and dysfunctional is what people like watching.
We fart at the dinner table and laugh about it, we back stab one
another then make up the next day, we eat beans out of cans, and
consider Friendly's upper scale dining.
Some families though that I find on TV, come pretty close to my own
families personal dysfunctions, and my top favorite funny TV families
are The Bundy's, from Married With Children, The Griffins from Family Guy, The Millers from Still Standing, The Connor's from Roseanne, and last but not least, The Suarez's from Ugly Betty.
What makes these families so funny though, is that they each are funny for their own unique ways.
The Bundy's include a family of 4. Peggy, the lazy
couchwife...I mean housewife, Al the miserable shoe man who takes care
of everyone else in the family thanks to his low paying income, Kelly
the promiscuous teen daughter, and Bud, the blow up doll humping dork.
The family also includes a dog named Buck that occasionally you can hear
his thoughts out loud.
Peggy basically sits on the couch all day munching on bon bons, while
occasionally gossiping with the neighbors Marcy and Steve, which later
becomes Marcy and Jefferson.
Kelly is usually making out on the couch with some random hoodlum, while Bud is upstairs wooing a blow up doll.
The family just makes for good TV, because even though the are
dysfunctional, and lacking hot meals on the table for dinner, they are
so similar to many families today, and is clearly why Married With Children is so loved, by so many, even though the shows are all re-runs.
Family Guy follows the life of The Griffins.
This family is a family of 5, but seeing that the dog Brian can talk,
I'd actually say that there are 6 members in The Griffin family.
Peter Griffin is fat, a beer chugger, and just about as pea brained as
they come. His non-stop childlike disposition is what makes him so
lovable, and at the same time so hilarious.
Lois is his wife, and she will randomly surprise viewer's with off the wall, crazed behavior.
Stewie is by far my favorite character in Family Guy. He's a brainiac,
speaks with an accent, and has more moments than any other character
that has me cracking up with laughter. Did I mention he's a baby?
Stewie's life mission is to destroy his mother whom he has this odd love
hate relationship with. The thing that makes Stewie's character so
funny is that you cannot figure him out. One minute he can be an evil
genius, and the next a dress wearing freak. One minute his family seems
to understand his spoken words, and the next minute they cannot.
Meg is the families outcast. She is mostly forgotten about, or pointed
out as being the one member in the family they wish they never had.
Although she is primarily a boring character, Meg has moments that have
left me giggling till I nearly pissed. One particular episode Meg
decided to pretend to be a lesbian just so she could make friends with a
gay group of children in school. Besides being an outcast at home, Meg
is also a giant loser in school.
Chris is fat like Peter, but has this clumsy idiots disposition about
him that is simply addicting, and hilarious. He is not really the
brightest star in the sky, but always seems to be in good spirits.
Brian is the family dog, and like I said, he can talk. Although Brian
is the more serious character in the family, he has moments of complete
craziness that have left me laughing like a hyena.
What makes Family Guy so funny though is not only the family members,
but other characters who frequent the show as well. What keeps this
family fresh though is the wild, crazy, over the top issues that are
brought up in the show. You've got everything from toad licking, to
crude and offensive remarks that no other show would dare touch.
This is also one of Fox's first ever families to be canceled, and then resurrected again. It seriously is that good.
The Millers (Still Standing) feature a family of 5.
First we have Judy Miller who is always filled with over the top
hilarious moments. She is the mother of The Miller family, and even
though she wants nothing more than to fit in and be considered a cool
mom, she is also stable as to where her kids respect and obey her.
Her husband Bill Miller also strives to be a cool dad, but he has a
Homer Simpson like personality as to where others will view him as a
lazy, unmotivated, beer chugging, couch potato. Although most episodes
feature Bill sitting on the couch watching TV, Bill manages to deliver
tons of one liner jokes, and remarks that are undeniably hilarious.
Their oldest son Brian is the nerd. He spends most of his time working
on school projects and studying. Although Brian doesn't deliver all too
many funny lines, he is the families punching bag, and many moments you
will see as his family pokes fun at him for being so smart, and often
times they ask him if he is gay because of his quiet, cool, calm
personality. Brian does not seem to match the rest of his family, but
the show would not be the same without him.
Lauren is the Miller's middle teen aged daughter. Lauren is her older
brothers complete opposite.
Lauren is popular in school, and is
constantly breaking all of the rules at home, and the rules at school.
She is pretty much the center of many family problems, but loved and
adored by bother her parents.
Tina Miller is the youngest in the family, and she pretty much knows
how to use her cute factor to get her way. Although Tina does not grab
up as much air time as the other characters, in every scene she is in,
she delivers a cute and quirky line that is always funny.
The Miller family is one of my favorite funny TV families because they are all believable, and extremely relateable.
The Connor (Roseanne) family is by far one of my all time favorite funny TV families.
We have of course Roseanne; she has a larger than life personality.
She can be loving, she can be nurturing, she can be happy, but at the
same time, she can also be extremely obnoxious, mean, miserable, rude,
crude, and downright dysfunctional. Put them all together, and Roseanne
is one personality filled funny momma.
Dan Connor is the man of the house, even though Roseanne seems to call
all the shots. He is the more serious member in the family, but he
knows how to kick back and have fun.
Becky is the eldest daughter in the family. She is very popular and
well liked by everyone in school; especially the guys! Becky seems to
bump heads with her mother a lot, because Becky is always seeking
freedom, and breaks rules a lot. As a young teen Becky seems to think
she is old enough to decide what she wants to do, and when she wants to
do it. A lot of issues and family drama is brought on due to some of
Becky's choices. Although I have never really found her character to be
all that funny, the family needs such a personality in order to be as
funny as they are.
Darlene is the middle child, and is the complete opposite of Becky.
Darlene is quiet, tom boyish and has a dark and serious personality. Her
witty sarcasm though is what makes Darlene so hilarious.
heads a lot with her older sister, because the two are so opposite.
Without Darlene's dark sarcastic humor though, The Connor family would
not be the same.
DJ is the families youngest son. DJ is the weird one in the family. As
a child he enjoyed bullying other children in school, chopping off the
heads off of Barbie dolls and storing them in a shoe box, as a teen DJ
morphs into an even more abnormal kid. Although DJ does not deliver all
too many hilarious moments, he does deliver weird and wacky behavior
that is so strange it is funny and fitting to the rest of the Connor
The Suarez family is another TV family that I find to be
hilarious due to the fact that each character has something about them
that makes them so funny. The way they all clash together is so
beautiful, but at the same time the characters manage to be hilarious.
Betty Suarez is the shows main character. Betty is the more organized
serious family member in the Suarez family. She has a complete goal in
her life, but at the same moment has such quirky break downs, that you
can't not laugh. Although Betty herself is not all too funny, the events
that unfold in her life are simply laugh out loud moments, and her
personality alone is also quite funny. Her tacky wardrobe, huge glasses,
fluffy hair and braces also makes her funny.
Her older sister Hilda is a bomb shell, and she recently opened up a
hair salon in the families home. Hilda has a very cute, and addicting
personality about her, and even though she does not deliver hilarious
one liners, her happy bubbly personality is what makes her funny.
Hilda's son Justin always manages to make me laugh, because even
though he is clearly a male, he has such a girly personality. Justin
knows more about fashion, than Betty who works for a fashion magazine
does. He is up to date with trends, and is intrigued by theater.
Justin's body language alone makes his character so lovable, and at the
same time, so hilarious.
Ignacio is the families father. He is a single dad, and even though
his children are all grown, he still watches after them and makes sure
they are OK. Ignacio himself is not funny, but he has his funny moments,
and when he does they are all the more enjoyable.
There are really so many funny families on TV. These families however
are just some of my top picks. There are really so many other TV
families that are equally hilarious all for their own reasons. Some
other note worthy funny TV families come from shows such as The Simpson's, Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Matters, Full House, and of course The Cosby's!
In all honesty though they would not be funny as they are if it were
not for the way each and every member clashes, and brings something
different to the table.
The reason I love each and every one of these families though is because they remind me of my own family in their own ways.