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The entire premise for many Dom Coms is that the lead characters are a family of maladjusted people who generally don't get along. Usually they consist of a Jaded Washout and/or Bumbling Dad father, a mother who is either a paragon of common sense and efficiency or a repulsive harridan (or both, a la Roseanne), and two-four kids who are unhappy, dislike each other, and resent at least one of their parents. Also, the father and his mother-in-law tend to hate each other. The family is generally fairly poor, although not always — Arrested Development is about a large, rich dysfunctional family. And even they won't remain wealthy. (It was seized by the government.)
Don't get them wrong, though; for all the family arguments, the typical dysfunctional family never engages in actual abusive behavior — any that did would immediately lose all audience sympathy. Furthermore, when the family is facing a major problem from outside, they will generally pull together to face it. Dysfunctional Families may not get along, but they rarely actually loathe each other, and often receive Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })In American comedies, this was originally a subversion of the Leave It to Beaver/The Brady Bunch almost-too-good-to-believe family, but eventually ballooned into a genre of its own. The Dysfunctional Family has been a British comedy staple since the 1950s.
Contrast with Quirky Household, where the people are merely weird, but generally happy — indeed, more happy than more conventional households. If a family member makes friends who they understandably prefer to the family, they'll probably mutter that Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't.
See also Big, Screwed-Up Family, who are more numerous, even more dysfunctional, and not (usually) Played for Laughs.
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Sherlock: Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes had a sibling rivalry which affected the entire family. Their younger (and secret) sister Eurus didn't help matters either.
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In The Incredibles, the Parr family starts off like this, as a Super Family Team forced to live an average life under a Super Registration Act.
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In The Spirit Thief, it eventually turns out that not only are Banage, a bleeding-heart extremist with stubborness of a mule and a head thicker than some castle walls, and Sara, a psychopath with penchant for experimenting on sentient spirits, married, but their family includes Eli, a master thief with Complexity Addiction.
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Next to Normal: The daughter is nearly cracking under overwhelming perfectionism, the husband is expertly codependent, and the mother is "Bi-polar with delusional episodes", which includes suffering hallucinations for sixteen years — because the son is dead.
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Ranma ½ has two of these; the Tendos and the Saotomes.
The Saotomes consist of: the father, Genma Saotome; a glutton, petty thief, shiftless, irresponsible, responsibility-dodging troublemaker who turns into a panda bear when splashed with cold water. The mother, Nodoka Saotome; a Yamato Nadeshiko... who carries a katana with her everywhere she goes, in case she has to order her son to commit Seppuku for lack of manliness, as per the contract she agreed to and that Genma offered. The son, Ranma Saotome; a brash, socially inept martial artist who turns into a busty girl when splashed with cold water, who also is the center of a Love Dodecahedron, thanks in part to his father's agreeing to placing him under two separate Arranged Marriages.
The Tendos consist of: the overemotional father, Soun Tendo, who bursts into a geyser of tears at little provocation. The eldest daughter, Kasumi Tendo, who is a Yamato Nadeshiko so sweet and nice she frankly comes off as deliberately oblivious at times. The middle daughter, Nabiki Tendo, a mercenary moneymaker and teenage seductress who will happily sell skimpy photos of and paid dates with her little sister and her little sister's fiancé alike for extra pocket money. And the youngest daughter, Akane Tendo, an emotionally unstable and very tsundere tomboy martial artist.
And these two families are arranged to marry each other. Specifically, Akane Tendo is supposed to marry Ranma Saotome. If they can ever sort out the Love Dodecahedron in favor of that particular pairing.
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Reversed in The Addams Family and The Munsters, both families are wildly dysfunctional in the classical sense, but treat each other with respect and love. That it's expressed via poisoning, stabbing, and other grievous and macabre means is just funny.
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Christian Potter Chandler: Barb is a manipulative bitch, Chris is... well, Chris, and Bob himself is a cynical old bastard that wishes at least one of the three would die.
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The Simpsons: The obvious exemplar, we could be here all day with examples to back up their inclusion. However, even if the President wished Americans could be "more like The Waltons and less like The Simpsons," they stay together, go to church together and eat dinner together every night, and they're ultimately closely-knit.
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Grand Theft Auto V has the Townleys/de Santas, which became quite dysfunctional in the years since they entered Witness Protection: Michael is a former professional robber who finds himself dissatisfied with his cushy "retirement" in an upscale West Coast neighborhood, his wife Amanda spends his money with great abandon and sleeps around with several other men, his daughter Tracey is a spoiled-rotten fame-seeking brat, and his son Jimmy is a pot-smoking gaming addict with no netiquitte whatsoever.
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The webcomic Step Monster is about the Millers; dad has been in jail for at least five years and is looking at an unspecified further term, mom got put into rehab for alcohol abuse as a result, their step-mother/guardian, Matilda, is an 8ft tall, 600lbs fluffy dragon-like monster who used to live in their closet, and their prospective step-dad is Matilda's human boyfriend.
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Averted with the Tasmanian Devil's family on Taz-Mania. An early article about the show stated that the producers wanted the family to be overly functional as opposed to dysfunctional.
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Rick and Morty: The Smith Family. There is continuing strife between the parents, Beth and Jerry, who married young after Beth became pregnant with their daughter, Summer, when they were in high school. Their relationship is further strained by Beth's relationship with her Mad Scientist father, Rick, and his influence over their teenage children, especially their son Morty. Despite this, the family seems to care for each other and Beth and Jerry do seem to love each other deep down.
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The Osbournes. It's not completely off the mark to describe their Reality TV depiction as a live-action Simpsons for old metallers.
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The Setons in Holiday. Linda has a warm relationship with both her siblings, but they don't much care for each other. Julia's the only one who gets along with her dad, whom Ned, and Linda both resent for trying to run their lives. Their mother can't have been terribly happy, either.
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The Conlons of the 2011 film Warrior have shades of this. However, Brendan's family is amazingly functional.
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Goodnight Punpun has a more serious version of this trope. Mom and Dad are divorced after an incident of Domestic Abuse that turns out to be an Abuse Mistake caused by Punpun's dad punching his wife to stop her from committing murder-suicide with Punpun, Uncle is a serial cheater, and poor Punpun is raped by his aunt. They do care about each other, but most of them have too many issues to express it in a healthy manner.
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The Amatsu family in My Vampire Older Sister and Zombie Little Sister. Prior to the start of the series, Satori's father Taizou and mother Taori divorced due to frequent arguments. Taizou then married someone else, who brought the titular vampire and zombie into the family. However, Satori mostly gets along with his stepsisters - it's their parents/step-parents who are dysfunctional. It turns out that the reason Taizou and Taori divorced was because the former was a member of the Bright Cross (a Creature Hunter Organisation that targets Archenemies) while the latter was a pro-Archenemy advocate. But Taori wasn't aware that Taizou was actually part of the Bright Cross' moderate faction, trying to stop the organisation's persection of Archenemies. On top of that, Taizou's second wife (the siblings' stepmother) is an Archenemy, the demon lord Lilith. Taori absolutely hates Lilith, seeing her as an usurper, and wants to kill her at all costs.
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In 3rd Rock from the Sun the aliens resemble this. In one episode, they use it as a cover for their odd behavior when they become the subject of a documentary on dysfunctional families.
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In Sinfest, Satan characterizes the world as this.
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To some degree in Take Shelter. The protagonist's mother is in a mental hospital, his brother is estranged from him and his wife is about to leave him.
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The Russos in Wizards of Waverly Place. See Family Game Night episode and you'll assist at an extreme case of funny dysfunctional family. Plus, the kids have to battle each other when they reach maturity.
Harper's family has been shown to be pretty dysfunctional too, but it's Played for Laughs.
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Everybody Loves Raymond, although it focuses more on the adults than on the kids. Actually, if you think of Frank and Marie as the "parents" and their children and their girlfriends/wives as the "kids", you have two generations of this represented.
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Schitt's Creek: The very premise of the show is that the dysfunctional, decadent and selfish Rose family must come together after becoming destitute and forced to live in a rural town. All the Roses eventually reveal Hidden Depths and they become a loving, if snarky, family as the series progresses, but just a few of their early dysfunctions include:
Johnny is a terrible gift giver, in large part because he hardly knew his children and is bad at reading social cues.
Moira is an alcoholic, pill-popping Drama Queen who doesn't even know her daughter's middle name when the series begins and much prefers her son's company.
David is a snooty, Neat Freak, lonely, pansexual wannabe hipster who has never been in a real relationship despite many hookups of both genders, and he has no real friends.
Alexis has seen doctors about her inability to feel anything, and she's been so reckless that she's been kidnapped more than once but she's resourceful enough to have escaped each time.
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The Borgia family consists of patriarch Rodrigo, who is Pope Alexander VI; his former mistress and mother of his children, Vanozza; his current mistress Giulia; his son Cesare, The Sociopath, a cardinal who dreams of becoming a soldier; his incompetent younger son, Juan, who despises Cesare and vice versa; and daughter Lucrezia, a Fille Fatale who shares an Incest Subtext relationship with Cesare. Oh, and there's Gioffre. But nobody cares about him.
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The Diamond Authority of Steven Universe. While the Diamonds do love each other, they've got serious issues and don't get along the best. White Diamond seems to never be around, Yellow Diamond seems unable to understand her sisters or take their issues seriously, Blue Diamond can be condescending to her sisters without meaning to, and Pink could annoy the others without meaning to and seemed unwilling to be open towards them. Back when Pink was around, how her sisters acted towards her ultimately alienated her and she came to the conclusion they didn't give a darn about her at all. Despite Pink Diamond's faked death briefly uniting the other three to use the Corruption attack, the situation doesn't seem to have changed all that much after six thousand years. As the major theme of the show is interpersonal relationships, it's understandable the main antagonists would represent a negative one.
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Phineas and Ferb: Heinz Doofenshmirtz lived with two generations of a dysfunctional family (the first was a severe case, the second was more mild though), which gives him a Freudian Excuse for his evil plans. He was raised by emotionally abusive and neglectful parents who eventually abandoned him to live with wild animals, while having a bitter jealousy of his more favored brother (all Played for Laughs). He is currently divorced from his former wife (although they don't seem to resent each other), and he has an uneasy relationship with his daughter (though fortunately she gradually warms up to him).
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Ennui GO!: The Pritchard family perfectly represent this trope. For starters, the mom was a violent drug addict with three, different personalities who literally tried to kill her own daughters, main character Izzy is a sarcastic, drug and sex addicted billionaire game programmer, her twin sister Adelie is equally sarcastic and horny and is an alcoholic novelist and Adelie's son Max is an anti-social, borderline psychopathic punk who is, of course, prone to sarcasm. Even White Sheep Kirsty has something off about her. Namely that she's a literal clone of Izzy (and is kind of a ditz). The only truly sane and stable member of this clan is Bella, and that could be because she's only a Pritchard by marriage.
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The Bat-family has become rather dysfunctional. First you have Batman, an absentee father. His jerkass moments far outweigh his nice moments regarding his family, since he works alone. This messes up the family pretty badly. There's also Jason Todd, who holds a grudge against Bats for not killing his murderer, The Joker, and has a one-sided rivalry with Nightwing, akin to a little brother hating his Aloof Big Brother and is a Big Brother Bully who regularly assaults his "replacement" Tim Drake. Bruce's only daughter Cass manages to avoid most of the family drama as the boys aren't foolish enough to pick a fight with her but she did frame Tim for her own murder once when Brainwashed and Crazy. Finally, there's Damian Wayne, who desperately seeks Bats' approval to the point where he assaults his brothers and tries to kill Tim, and who Bats initially refused to acknowledge as his son because of how he was conceived. The only member of the family he gets along with other than Bats himself is Nightwing, who was his Parental Substitute for quite some time. It's quite amazing Nightwing is so well adjusted, seeing the family he comes from.
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The Fantastic Four of Marvel Comics fame were designed to be a rather dysfunctional and constantly bickering, but ultimately tight-knit and loving family unit, which is part of what made the comic so popular and part of what put Marvel Comics on the map; the fact that each member has superpowers only adds to the tensions and clashes between them. Although only Susan and Johnny were initially directly related to each other (sister and brother), Susan and Reed later married and started their own family.
Reed and Ben are the type of best friends that are so close they each consider the other their brother, blood relations be damned, making the Four all in-laws. Which explains a lot about all their conflicts, actually...
A running joke about their dynamics is the fact that their teamwork is so phenomenal and their Power of Friendship so strong in the face of danger that it has become legendary, yet they can barely function without constantly screaming at each other or stewing in bottled fury over personal conflicts whenever things are quiet.
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The Monk family in the Crime Dramedy series Monk is heavily implied to be dysfunctional. The parents raised their kids, Adrian Monk and Ambrose Monk, in a very strict fashion, which evidentally contributed to their quirks (such as Adrian Monk's various phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as Ambrose Monk's Agoraphobia), their father, Jack Monk, eventually and inexplicably left the family in 1972 while going to get Chinese Food, which also resulted in Ambrose and their mother becoming cataconic. Their Christmases were also heavily implied to be horrible experiences for Monk. Jack Monk's other family, Jack Jr. was also proven to be no different. Although Jack Monk mentioned that Jack Jr. was a heart surgeon in Baltimore, it was later revealed in the same episode that Jack Monk lied about that out of shame, and that Jack Jr. was actually a putz (actually, not even a putz, but a person who dreams of one day becoming a putz), who lives in his basement, smokes Marijuana, and steals from Jack's wallet, and also had a criminal record of selling stolen cars and intends to move to Paraguay.
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Eastenders and Coronation Street - if there's a family these days on either of those two shows which is actually functional?
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Persona: The Velvet Room siblings are a complete basket case by human standards, and it's mostly Elizabeth's fault. Having little consideration for others and only hearing what she wants to hear, Elizabeth gets her amusement by tormenting Theodore with increasingly nasty pranks like feeding him dog food or tricking him with misconceptions about the human world. Margaret, the oldest, does nothing to curb Elizabeth (it doesn't help that Elizabeth is implied to be her favorite), and often engages in bullying Theodore herself, just in a more passive way. Caroline and Justine are rightfully terrified of their older sisters, and admit to thinking of them as enemies more often than not. That said, the twins and Theo are more openly fond of each other.
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Life of Riley: The Rileys (and in another way, the Weavers) have a complicated set of relationships. Maddy's family consists of herself, a husband, an ex, a son from her ex, a daughter from her husband, two stepchildren, a mother and eventually a stepfather. Conflicts, you bet.
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The Petes on Goof Troop consist of a father who abuses one child while spoiling the other when he's not neglecting both of them (Pete), a mother who is usually yelling at her husband and daughter (Peg), a son who is emotionally damaged, disillusioned with his father, and impatient to leave home (PJ), and a Bratty Half-Pint daughter who gets on everyone's nerves (Pistol). They are the foil family for the main Quirky Household from whom the show takes its name, and when PJ is in focus (and occasionally when he's not), it's portrayed more as a Big, Screwed-Up Family.
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In the Josei manga With the Light, (almost) each child or parent Sachiko encounters has a dysfunctional family. One chapter had the saddest way to start: a father is stinking drunk and the son tries to run away- only to see his mother escaping asap in a taxi- leaving him alone. Another child, Eri-chan, refused to tell a teacher about Hikaru, an autistic boy, getting seriously hurt in fear that her father would hit her "just like he hits mommy".
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Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812: Andrey's family is introduced as "totally messed up" in the prologue, and it's completely true. Bolkonsky is senile, cruel, and abusive towards Mary, who in turn is bitter, lonely, and loves and loathes her father simeltaneously. Andrey's by far the most normal person in the family, and he's The Ghost for most of the show.
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My Hero Academia: Katsuki Bakugou's family consists of him, a mother that's just as fierce as him and a relatively mellow father. Katsuki and his mom are always at each other's throats, which embarasses the dad. In any case, Katsuki's parents love him, but acknowledge his problematic, confrontational attitude.
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Daria doesn't so much have dysfunctional families as it technically has a few families that might, under a generous reading, count as functional. The issues the Morgendorffers have, at least in part, derive from the somewhat messed-up nature of their parents' own families; Brittany has a stepmother who doesn't really "mother" and a father who spoils her and is dismissive of her younger brother, who's kind of a budding serial killer; Jodie's parents are extremely pushy and don't let her relax much; even relatively minor characters like Mr DeMartino have have histories involving bad parenting from screwed-up people.
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Family Matters: Averted, but in the 1993 episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad House" saw Eddie Winslow (the teenage son of the main protagonists) claim he was a product of one after he pulled a prank at school and was threatened with suspension from the basketball team. The teacher actually falls for Eddie's story and, on Urkel's suggestion — the description of the problem is deliberately written in such a way that the Winslows are not identified as the dysfunctional family — the teacher goes to investigate and confront his parents. Indeed, at first, the situation seems bad as the house was in total disarray; Harriet had become so fed up with the family not wanting to do their fair share of the chores around the house that she went "on strike." But when the teacher overhears Carl complaining to Harriet that he couldn't find his old clothes (so he could go out on a drug bust) and wording his complaint poorly ("You know I like to wear my old plaid shirt when I go out to buy drugs!"), she bursts in to confront Carl and Harriet demand why Eddie is suffering from a bad family. Carl immediately clears up the situation, then takes Eddie aside and tells him both to man up and facing the consequences of his misbehavior at school and that he sees many abusive family situations every day and that dysfunction in families is nothing to joke about.
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Bob's Burgers: The Belchers are composed of Tina, the socially-awkward, boy-crazy teenage daughter; Gene, the loud and eccentric middle child; Louise, the mischievous and somewhat sociopathic youngest daughter; Linda, the doting, enthusiastic, and occasionally drunk mother; and Bob, the family patriarch and Straight Man who's not without his own quirks and obsessions. They love each other, but also drive each other up the wall to various degrees.
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Malcolm in the Middle provides the page image, although the level is more comparable to Big, Screwed-Up Family, unsurprisingly due to the creators wanting to make the worst Dysfunctional Family possible.
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Moral Orel lives and breathes this trope, though it's more the "Idyllic outside, dysfunctional inside" version.
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In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, this is subverted, as even though the household is its own Dysfunction Junction and they all have their individual issues, everyone has the other's back, leading to lots of heartwarming moments.
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Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Nearly every character has issues with their parents in this story.
Cody's parents weren't around for most of his life due to their high-profile careers, but did try to make time for him and were there when he needed them most.
Heather's parents had a relationship built around blackmail and bitter contempt, which resulted in the Queen Bee having little to no nice things to say about either of them.
Gwen's mother being unable to accept Duncan resulted in a falling out between them, which culminated in Gwen being kicked out of her home.
Sammy's parents were either unable or unwilling to help her against Amy.
The only main character that doesn't have parental issues in the same way is Jasmine, since her family is very loving. However, the uncertainty of how they would react to knowing that their daughter is a lesbian with a girlfriend has caused some issues for her.
Also, on the supporting character end, there's Cameron, whose mother was the only friend he had for many years.
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All in the Family: Probably the template for television depictions, and an almost deliberate subversion of all previous Dom Com shows. But for all the bickering between Archie and the Meathead, Archie calling his wife Dingbat and belittling his Little Goil, he was also intensely loyal to his family and would stick up for them when the chips fell, and in the end it was Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other.
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El Goonish Shive: Not only Tedd's mom is gone to Europe, but when Nanase's mom asked about her sister, the answer sounds much like Pandora-Chaos at her worst.
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7th Heaven
The parents' actions sometimes put other people('s lives) in danger - Eric insisting on detoxing his alcoholic sister at his house instead of professional detox, even knowing the potential life-threatening dangers; Annie refusing a medically necessary Caesarean section during the twins' birth - and they are completely blind to this and really think they're always helping people.
The relationship between Matt and Mary had subtle incestuous undertones - or not so subtle in the pilot episode, when Mary asked her brother to give her a French kiss and his going for her mouth was only interrupted because their father walked in (who didn't really say/think anything of the situation...)
Mary's character completely changes in season 4/5, (possibly brought on by the writers/producers and the actress not getting along). Although she shows academic and athletic excellence in the first seasons and is the only family member who seems to have a firm head on her shoulders, around the fourth season she starts getting into trouble. This includes an arrest for vandalism, underage drinking / drinking while driving, and doing marijuana. The parents' reaction is to put her on a bus (or in this case, plane), after which point she becomes the butt of the family.
The twins' always repeating each other / not speaking right was treated as being cute, but at the level they had this, they actually seemed to have a developmental disorder.
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The Heffley family in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Mom Susan is a Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher who spoils her youngest son specifically, Frank is a cranky Bumbling Dad, and their three sons are (from oldest to youngest) a really bad heavy metal musician and Big Brother Bully, a self-proclaimed "wimpy kid", and a Spoiled Brat who throws tantrums over the smallest things.
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The Paolo Family, from The Amazing Race Family Edition, spent their time on the race bickering and yelling.
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The George Lopez Show:
George's dad left him, his mom's a bitter drunk, his daughter gets bullied an extreme amount and always is getting in trouble with boys, his son is dyslexic...you get the picture.
The Palmero family isn't clean either. Angie's mom cheated on Vic after years of marriage. Vic tongue-wrestled with Benny, and then tried to enter into a relationship with a woman in her twenties. Angie's sister has been very hopeless in finding a relationship, and was desperate enough to kiss George. Angie's brother grew up to be manipulative con artist. Her niece Veronica is completely spoiled. And it's implied that the reason Veronica's mother Claudia made George the trustee to Veronica's inheritance was because she found the rest of the family to be poor role models.
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Zeus and Hera's family in Thalia's Musings, both with their legitimate children and Zeus' bastards to whom Hera is the Wicked Stepmother.
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Apparently, King Boo is the father of Mr. Doom's Boo. Pink Boo is either his girlfriend, wife or ex-wife, and all the little mini-Boos are their kids. This doesn't stop them from giving him crap; instead, they're constantly after him to pay child support instead of spending all his coins to support his Star habit.
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The Cylons. But given the screwed up process by which they are created, they can't help but be dysfunctional (and a bit psychotic).
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The female side of the Bullock's family in My Man Godfrey is made up of unnerving Rich Bitches.
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Wait Till Your Father Gets Home has a downplayed example. While the Boyles clearly love each other, Chet is a hippie college drop-out, Alice is a naive teenager who wants to be a sexually liberated woman, and Irma wants to expand her horizons outside of the home, so there's going to be some friction with Harry.
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South Park: While most of the families in South Park has some measure of problems, by far the worst are Kenny and Cartman's families. Kenny's parents are both unemployed alcoholics who constantly emotionally and physically abuse each other (though they dont generally target their kids), and their three children are forced to rely on each other for support. They've been taken by social services at least once. Cartman is the Bastard Bastard son of a Denver Broncos player, and lives with his enabling doormat of a mother, who's lax parenting has resulted in her son becoming a full-blown sociopath by age 10. The only they're on this page is due to South Park being satire.
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The Legend of Korra:
Seventy years later, most of the original Gaang has a more realistic, downplayed Parents as People-based version of this. Aang unknowingly favored his airbending son Tenzin over his other two kids (partly out of necessity as Tenzin would have to guide all future airbenders), Toph couldn't bring herself to discipline her kids (having been raised by overprotective parents) leading to one joining a gang and the other becoming an uptight jerk who never knew who her father was, Sokka doesn't seem to have started a family, and only Zuko's daughter seems to not be carrying any lingering luggage from her childhood. That being said, unlike the Fire Nation Royal family, it was still very clear that they all loved all of their children and all of said children grew up to be functional halthy adults who still carry fond memories of their parents as well.
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Tsukihime reference: The Tohno Family who, due to their non-human ancestry, were a 'cursed' gene pool of insanity, various psychosis, and sanity-decaying superhuman abilities; their family tree was full of suicides, early deaths, disappearances, and the like. They didn't necessarily get along with each other, although they co-existed rather well.
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"We're A Happy Family" from Rocket to Russia by The Ramones is a sarcastic deconstruction of the so-called happy family.
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El Tigre: The Rivera family consist of generations of heroes and villains; father Rondolfo is the hero White Pantera, Grandpapi is the villain Puma Loco, and our titular character Manny is permanently stuck in the Heel–Face Revolving Door, so more than a few squabbles occur. When the men are sent to family counseling, their counselor flat-out states that this is because they relate to each other as heroes and villains than as relatives. However, when the chips are down, they've always got each others backs.
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Book 5: Legends: If your Great-Aunt is Azula it probably counts, though most of the royal family are unaware of Temuji’s relation until later in the story.
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On Hey Arnold!, the residents of the boarding house are presented as being dysfunctional True Companions.
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In What We Did on Our Holiday the dysfunction, previously lurking with divorcing parents, a self-obsessed uncle, an aunt in the midst of a breakdown and world weary kids, really becomes noticeable when the children decide to give their granddad a Viking Funeral after he dies on the beach, and all the adults are too busy arguing for the children to be able to tell them he has died.
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The Crane family from Frasier is a mild version (seeing as they are as close-knit as they are combative), with the "children" starting as adults in their late 30s. Their dysfunction is exacerbated at the beginning by the fact that the family's late matriarch Hester Crane was the lynchpin that held her sons and her husband together, and Frasier and Niles' Sibling Team dynamic had been put on hold during Frasier's decade-long absence. One of the show's underlying story arcs, especially in the first couple of seasons, involves Frasier and Niles rebuilding a close relationship with their father in the absence of their mother to facilitate things
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Friends has its six protagonists hailing from five such families. The Gellers are almost normal, but the result was still Control Freak Monica and incredibly awkward Hollywood Nerd Ross. The Greens are two bickering parents who raised three Spoiled Brats (though Rachel managed to evolve out of this exactly by running away). The Tribbianis are Big Eater Hot-Blooded Italians leading to six women and Casanova Ditz Joey. The Buffays have a Disappeared Dad, a mom who killed herself, and bickering and not very bright twins Phoebe and Ursula (and to make things even weirder, there's Phoebe's half-brother who married his much older teacher). And finally, the Bings can be summed up by this exchange:
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Dexter's Laboratory: A mild example with Dexter's family. Dad is a wannabe candidate for Jock Dad, Nerd Son despite not being all that physically accomplished himself, Mom has massive OCD and germaphobia and compulsively cleans the house constantly as well as extremely bad-tempered if anyone ever questions her decisions or requests, Dee-Dee is a Big Sister Bully at her worst and The Ditz at other times, and Dexter himself keeps his giant lab a secret from his parents, and is rather alienated from his family because of his intellect, which the others have difficulty comprehending. Despite this, it rarely causes friction and the family is close.
Mandark's family is one as well. He's the son of two hippie parents who raised their son according to counter-culture values. Unfortunately, their son is their opposite in every way, and their attempts at quelling his darker impulses failed. It probably didn't help that they named him "Susan".
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Dysfunctional Family Index
 Osomatsu-san / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Space Patrol Luluco / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Doctor Strange (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Elephantmen (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Gotham City Sirens (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Innocence Lost (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Lazarus (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 NYX (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Robin Series (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Green Lantern (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Sword (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Vampirella (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 X-Men (Comic Book) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Calvin and Hobbes (Comic Strip) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Nuts (Comic Strip) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Book 5: Legends / Fan Fic / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Callof Darkness / Fan Fic
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Earth 27 / Fan Fic / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 JusPrimaeNoctis
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Professor Arc / Fan Fic / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 SmashSchool
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Speargun
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 TheNewRetcons
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Various Vytal Ventures / Fan Fic / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Co-op Mode / Fan Fic / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Forum of Thrones (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Life Ore Death (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Nymeria's War (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Pattycakes
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Rebound (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Resurrected Memories (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Seven Days in Sunny June (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 TheForeverTrilogy
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 The Hallowed Halls Of Fielding (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Yet again, with a little extra help (Fanfic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 About Schmidt / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 According to Greta / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 C.R.A.Z.Y.
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Capturing The Friedmans / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Cosy Dens / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Curse of the Golden Flower / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Elizabethtown / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Forbidden Zone / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Four Sisters And A Wedding / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Garden State / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Josh And Sam / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Jumping the Broom / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Knives Out / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Love Exposure / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Loveling / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 My Man Godfrey / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Parenthood / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Polish Wedding / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Rain Man / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Saturday Night Fever / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Splice / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Spring Dreams / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 10 Things I Hate About You / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Final / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Host / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Hunt (2012) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 VisitorQ
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 War of the Worlds / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Warrior / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 What's Cooking? / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Aluthol Of One Hundred Battles / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Bridget Jones / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Diary of a Wimpy Kid / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Doctrine of Labyrinths / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Dombey and Son
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Fellow Man / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Giovanni's Room / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Hear the Wind Sing / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Hidden Things
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Horrid Henry / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Luna / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Millennium Series / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Now Blooms the Tudor Rose / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Sherlock in Love / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Song of Solomon / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Spiral Arm / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Thalia's Musings / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Claverhouse Emails / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Millennium Trilogy / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Promise / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Riddle Master Trilogy / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Sisters Grimm / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Thirteenth Tale / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Wildflowers / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Wonder City Stories / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 AccordingToGreta
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 CRAZY
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 ChristopherTitus
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 DeepLabyrinth
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 LittleSerge
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Misuki
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 OrangeCounty
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 SoullessWarlock
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 SuperpoweredBradyBunch
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Taelor
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 ThePaganChronicles
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 TheUltimateFangirl
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 VisitorQ
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Btooom! (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Detective Conan (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Goodnight Punpun (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 LoveRoma
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Saint Seiya: Next Dimension (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Ten Yori Mo, Hoshi Yori Mo (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Rocket to Russia (Music) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Toshimitsu Deyama (Music) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Wooden Overcoats (Podcast) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Jellyneo Altador Cup Vi (Roleplay)
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Paradisa (Roleplay) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Pokémon: The Shadow of Nemesis (Roleplay) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 A Moody Christmas / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 All in the Family / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Arrowverse / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Broadchurch / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Family Matters / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Fat Actress
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Hoarders / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 In Plain Sight / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Isabel / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Kitchen Nightmares / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 La que se avecina / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Lois & Clark / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Luke Cage (2016) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Malcolm in the Middle / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Mama's Family / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Married... with Children / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 MonkTropesA-E
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Offspring
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Oliver Beene
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 One Day at a Time (2017) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Pozoriste U Kuci / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Pretty Little Liars / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Primetime Glick / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Princess Returning Pearl / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Raising Hope / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Rumpole of the Bailey / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Schitt's Creek / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Strangers with Candy / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Street Time / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Best Years / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The George Lopez Show / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Haves and the Have Nots / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The O.C. / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Rich Man's Daughter / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 3rd Rock from the Sun / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Titus / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Transparent / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Brand (Theatre) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Equus (Theatre) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 GreaterTuna
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 Hamlet (Theatre) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Criminal Case (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Gangland (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 King's Quest (2015) (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Kraven Manor (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 La-Mulana (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Siren (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Total War: Three Kingdoms (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Zone of the Enders (Video Game) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Kamigami no Asobi (Visual Novel) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Perserverance (Visual Novel) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Perseverance (Visual Novel) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 When Heaven Spits You Out (Visual Novel) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Most Popular Girls in School (Web Animation) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Zara And Erika (Web Animation) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 boogie2988 (Web Video) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 McJuggerNuggets (Web Video) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Nightmare Time (Web Video) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 the most popular grl @ hopes peak (Web Video) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Ciem Webcomic Series (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Lackadaisy (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaiden (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Nerf This (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Roommates (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 State-tan Project (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Storyshift (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The World of Kirby (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 When Heaven Spits You Out (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Yaoi Tales (Webcomic) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Neopian Times Writers Forum (Website) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Onion (Website) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Arthur Christmas / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 As Told by Ginger / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Daria / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Dexter's Laboratory / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Duckman / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 F is for Family / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Glenn Martin DDS / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Goof Troop / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Moral Orel / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Rick and Morty / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 The Crumpets / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 TheFamilyGuy
seeAlso
Dysfunctional Family
 The Weekenders / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Time Squad / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Legend of the Black Scorpion / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 D.Gray-Man (Manga) / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family
 Wizards of Waverly Place / int_b6cc7fc0
type
Dysfunctional Family