1. The Tenenbaums
Anyone who tries to say they wouldn’t cherish being a member of the genius, artistic, athletic, well-dressed, incredibly-messed-up Tenenbaum family is just lying to themselves.
2. The Sopranos
Sure, every day would be a crapshoot of life, death, freedom, incarceration, and potential heart attacks, but hey, wouldn’t it be cool to be part of the family? And not just the family, but THE family.
3. The Cohens
If you absorbed any of The O.C., you probably also experienced the crippling urge to somehow join its first family and have Sandy Cohen be your surrogate dad. Best. Dad. Ever.
4. The Bluths
You don’t necessarily have to be comically inept to be a member of the Bluth family, but it couldn’t hurt. Plus, think of all the Skip’s Scrambles you could consume at family brunch!
5. The Gallaghers
Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a rowdy and disorderly collection of misfits who stick together through (just about) everything? They have their quirks, and their conundrums, but the Gallagher family sure does know how to party.
6. The Ewings
The original ones, of course. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a (somewhat evil) wealthy Texas oil and cattle-ranching tycoon family? Come for the treachery, stay for the ten gallon hats.
7. The Fishers
Six Feet Under showed us the inner workings of the most morbid family to ever grace television, and WE WANT IN. Sure, their tenuous acceptance of each other hinged on the running of a funeral parlor in their home and a rampant lack of honesty but it’d be worth it to be present just for that awesome season 4 scene where they burn stuff together.
8. The Morgans
Without giving too much away from the SEVEN SEASONS of murder on Dexter, just think of how much fun Thanksgiving would be every year when you’re not exactly sure who is going to show up, and in what capacity.
9. The Crawleys
We’d even accept being a part of the waitstaff at Downton Abbey, just for a chance to be a part of that sweet, sweet drama.
10. The Patrellis
OK, sure, Heroes got a little ridiculous after the first season but three words: You. Can. Fly.
11. The Botwins
Now we’re talking. A family business we can totally get into. Weeds saw Shane and Silas Botwin grow up learning valuable life lessons, like how to “make deals” and “take care of business” and “live in Europe without adult supervision for a couple of years.” Who wouldn’t sign up for that childhood?