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11 Dysfunctional Families We Wish We Were Related To

The modern fictional family is almost always a dysfunctional unit. But these fictional clans make it look like so much fun, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the hijinx? And catch our favorite dysfunctional family The Gallaghers in a new season of Shameless, Sundays at 9 PM (ET/PT) – only on SHOWTIME®.

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1. The Tenenbaums

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

11. The Botwins

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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?