August 7, 2008

The Most Dysfunctional Families of All Time

We all have a few skeletons in our closets but if you have a family of skeletons taking over the house, it may encourage you to know that you’re not the only one. We’ve searched for the most dysfunctional, bizarre, and insane families of all time to help you realize that your dysfunctional family could be a lot worse.

Imagine a mother who smokes insistently, a father who spends his time blowing up trains, and an uncle who enjoys his naps on a bed of nails and you have one of the first dysfunctional TV families. The Addams Family was so dysfunctional that by the time the show ended its two-year run, their essentric mannerisms had rubbed off on the nation and we started viewing them as relatively normal. Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, MaaMaa, Pugsley, Wednesday, Lurch and Cousin Itt made up one of the most dysfunctional families of all time.

Imagine a bumbling Frankenstein, his attractive wife, an aging vampire, a werewolf son, and a beautiful blond hottie and you have one of the most hilarious TV sitcoms of the 1960s. The Munsters had problems that resembled those of normal families and they seemed pleasant enough but they just couldn’t gain the trust of others due to their bizarre looks. Herman, Lilly, Grandpa, Eddie, and Marilyn made up the zany Munster family we all know and love.

An overweight, unintelligent toy maker, his oblivous wife, his zany kids, and his alcoholic, talking dog make up this animated sitcom that has kept audiences in stitches since the late 1990s. Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris and Stewie Griffin just can’t seem to get ahead in life. Stewie’s diabolical plan to kill his mother has consistently failed and the evil monkey living in Chris’ closet has influenced many of Chris’ decisions for years. Couple this with Peter’s stupidity and you have the most dysfunctional family of the decade. Family Guy will make you realize just how lucky you are.

A grumpy shoe salesman, his lazy wife, his promiscuous teen daughter, and his sex-crazed son make up the most dysfunctional family of the 1980s. The Bundys kept fans of Married with Children on the edge of their seats as they wondered just which taboo subject would be addressed in each weekly installment. The Bundys broke the mold and presented the average American family in a heavily exaggerated, but relatively honest, light.

How does your family stack up against the most dysfunctional TV families of all time? Our list kind of makes you thankful that your last name isn’t Addams, Munster, Griffin, or Bundy; doesn’t it?