Maybe it’s that your Uncle Larry likes to take off his clothes at family functions after a few too many drinks. Or your Grandma Betty likes to wear her bra over her shirt, or your Aunt Lily ran away and joined the circus, or your cousins haven’t spoken to each other in 5 years over a dispute about money. No matter how big or small your family may be, there is guaranteed to be some sort of drama happening at any given time (and don’t even try to tell me that their isn’t in your family!)
At the risk of causing a major rift within my own family I won’t dare air any of our dirty laundry here on the blog but let me tell you that my family definitely has it’s fair share of dysfunction. So when I watched a few of the following shows on Netflix I could relate to and feel comforted by the fact that there are other families that are more dysfunctional than mine but we love dearly anyways!
The Bluths (Arrested Development) – Now that season 5 has been confirmed (HOORAH!) by Netflix I can’t wait for more Bluth family shenanigans, especially everyone’s favorite dysfunctional mother Lucille whose parenting skills as a functional alcoholic are borderline and her a-little-too-close-for-comfort relationship with so Buster is cringe worthy.
The Gallaghers (Shameless) – I just started watching Shameless a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with the uber dysfunctional Gallagher family and their friends. And just when you think things can’t get worse, they do!
The Proudmans (Offspring) – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! Neurotic OB/Gyn Nina Proudman and her family of characters will have you laughing and crying (and coveting Nina’s wardrobe) through all 6 seasons.
The Rayburns (Bloodline) – Child abuse, drug addiction, secret kids, murder – you name it and it’s probably happened to the Rayburns or by the Rayburns. It’s hard for me to see Kyle Chandler as anyone else but Coach Taylor but he shines as a troubled son and brother hiding a dark secret.
The Bates (Bates Motel) – Let’s just say that Norman and his mother have a very, ahem, close relationship. This show could also be called “How to raise a serial killer”. Gulp.