Dysfunctional TV families | The Bluths | ‘Arrested Development’
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Dysfunctional TV families

Dysfunctional TV families | The Bluths | ‘Arrested Development’
You know the Bluths are dysfunctional when the family’s only responsible son threatens to leave them behind forever -- twice. Yet something keeps bringing Michael Bluth back to help the group of self-centered, directionless failures keep the family business in the green. (Fox)
The Lannisters | ‘Game of Thrones’
House Lannister of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” may take the crown for family dysfunction. Daddy Lord Tywin Lannister is icily distant from his brood, comprised of arrogant brother Jaime, his calculating twin sister/lover Cersei and the diminutive Tyrion, whose sharp tongue is only silenced by wine. (HBO)
The Addams Family | ‘The Addams Family’
Dysfunction is the norm in the Addams family. Living in an old mansion nestled between a swamp and a cemetery, the family is a little bit horror, a little bit eccentric. An example: Daughter Wednesday hides in her brother’s room -- in order to watch her family squirm and mourn for her loss. (anon / Orion Television Syndication)
The Whites/Schraders | ‘Breaking Bad’
High school chemistry teacher Walter White turns to crime after being diagnosed with cancer, too proud to ask for financial help. This bad dad’s efforts to conceal his snowballing involvement with illegal drug production leads to a ruthless independence that erodes family bonds. (Ursula Coyote / AMC)
The Drapers | ‘Mad Men’
Creator Matthew Weiner’s 1960s Draper family didn’t last the decade -- Don and Betty split after one too many affairs. Worse, dad isn’t exactly who the kids think he is; his real name is Dick Whitman. With the divorce, the Drapers have found their defiant children increasingly hard to parent. (Ron Jaffe / AMC)
The Sopranos | ‘The Sopranos’
When dad is a homicidal, sociopathic gangster, there’s really no way to develop as a completely well-adjusted human being. While daughter Meadow Soprano makes a decent attempt at it, poor A.J. seems to develop into a directionless layabout. Mom just turns a (mostly) blind eye. (Craig Blankenhorn / HBO)
The Costanzas | ‘Seinfeld’
A look at George Costanza’s parents shows how one of TV’s most neurotic characters got that way. George once got his parents to move to a retirement community in Florida, but bickering soon took over and the couple moved back to New York to continue tormenting their son. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
The Bates | ‘Bates Motel’
Back in the good old days, before Mother was a dessicated corpse propped up in her room, Norma Bates was just a single mother doing her best to raise an emotionally disturbed teenager, Norman, and start a small business. Norman seems sweet, but he’s responsible for his father’s death. (Joe Lederer)
The Griffins | ‘Family Guy’
With a numbskull for a father, an idiotic son, a loathed daughter and mastermind British toddler named Stewie, the Griffins are quite odd. (They also have an erudite, talking dog who has an unrequited crush on the family’s matriarch.) No wonder Stewie always plots to get out of this family. (FOX)
The Hastings | ‘Pretty Little Liars’
The picture perfect Hastings tell pretty little lies. Wren, Spencer’s sister’s fiance, cheats on his wife-to-be with Spencer (second right). Parents Peter and Veronica Hastings have a few secrets of their own. Apparently, in this family, success is more important than honesty or integrity. (Danny Feld / ABC Family)
The Reynoldses | ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’
Things aren’t always sunny with the Reynoldses, who consistently band together in hijinks to get their very selfish way. They break the law with no hesitation and are mean to each other and just about every one else. And if that’s your cup of java, you’ll think it’s hilarious. (FX)
The Pritchetts | ‘Modern Family’
With no less than 16 Primetime Emmy Awards under its belt, “Modern Family” has shown it can straddle the sweet spot between comically dysfunctional and heartwarming.  (ABC)
The Hecks | ‘The Middle’
The Heck family is as relatable is it is dysfunctional. Nosy mom Frankie and stoic dad Mike struggle to make ends meet, but find pleasure in life’s simple things, if not in the stress induced by their children’s scatterbrained behavior. (Michael Ansell / ABC)
The Botwins | ‘Weeds’
When the matriarch of the family sells marijuana and takes her family from idyllic suburban neighborhoods to the underground tunnels of Tijuana, the family is bound to have a few quirks. (Showtime)
The Fishers | ‘Six Feet Under’
Growing up in a funeral home isn’t the best foundation for normalcy. Episodes of the HBO series start with a death and often end with a burial, sometimes both literally and emotionally. Still, the clan manages to confront life’s struggles while dealing with death. (HBO)
The Simpsons | ‘The Simpsons’
If the Simpsons weren’t so animated they’d likely have split long ago. But after 20-some years, the Simpsons proves that the family that strangles together, stays together. (FOX)
The Bundys | ‘Married... With Children’
The raunchy ‘90s sitcom centers on shoe salesman Al, who peaked in high school, and proposed to shopaholic Peggy while drunk. And the couple’s kids -- blond bimbo Kelly and creepy Bud, named for a brand of beer -- never seem to leave the nest. (FOX)
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