Just how realistic were the financial scenarios of our favorite TV families? Your best guess is the right one: not very. However, certain shows gave us an illusion of plausibility thanks to likable, supposedly "modest" set-ups. With some help from our BuzzFeed data team, we were able to take a general look at five TV families to see what their finances might have been like.
1. "7th Heaven"
"7th Heaven" Financial Summary
2. "Full House"
"Full House" Financial Summary
3. "Step By Step"
"Step-By-Step" Financial Summary
4. "The Nanny"
"The Nanny" Financial Summary
5. "The Cosby Show"
"The Cosby Show" Financial Summary
A few notes:
1. All dollar amounts are in 2011 dollars, adjusted for inflation.
2. We researched salaries by state on payscale.com, taking the median result.
3. The cost of living was determined by taking total expenditures provided by Census data, subtracting housing (mortgage), and dividing by the population. Then multiplying by the number of household members in a given scenario.