Our Favourite Fictional TV Families
Families bind us all together and we regularly invite fictional families into our homes to share our evenings. From Modern Family to The Brady’s we look back at the best of the bunch.
The Brady Bunch
Now this takes us back! The Brady Bunch was the original ‘blended family’ and their squeaky clean adventures graced the small screen for five years up to 1974. The series was so successful, in fact, that it lead to no less than seven spin offs - the most recent being the The Brady Bunch in the White House; a made for TV movie broadcast in 2002.
Regarded as one of the best TV series of all time, The Sopranos followed the family of New Jersey-based mobster Tony Soprano played by James Gandolfini as he tries to balance the demands of home life - his wife, two children and extensive extended family - and organised crime. The Sopranos won no less than 21 Emmy awards over its six seasons and had a notable impact on the calibre of the American TV industry.
Who shot JR? Anyone who understands this line will never forget The Ewings; the core family of the iconic TV series Dallas. The show originally aired in 1978 and was revived again in 2012, and covers five generations of the Ewing Clan who started life on the Southfork Ranch and ran oil giant Ewing Oil. In 2012 Ewing Oil was replaced by Ewing Energies but the lives and love of the Ewings remained as tumultuous as ever.
With an unforgettable theme tune that really earwigs, it’s hard to ignore The Addams Family. Originally created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, the family has traditionally included Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, Cousin Itt and Thing. A satirical version of the ideal American family, The Addamses have had various incarnations following the 1960s TV show including two animated series and two feature films in the nineties.
Recognised as the best comedy ensemble on modern television, Modern Family follows Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his second wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and son Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez) who live down the street from Jay’s daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), their children Hayley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould). Jay’s son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his partner Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) live just around the corner with their adopted daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).
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