Dysfunctional Families

by IMDb-Editors | created - 24 Sep 2014 | updated - 29 Sep 2014 | Public

So you think your family has more issues than National Geographic, eh? See how you and yours compares to these broods featured in TV series and films... and be sure to check out the new Amazon Studios dramedy "Transparent".

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1. Shameless (2011– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama

A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

Stars: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Emma Kenney

Votes: 196,022

"Wanna torture your parents? Bring them to my house for dinner tonight. Here's the address. We're having leftover lasagna I stole from the cafeteria. Don't ever say I'm not a man of my word again." - Lip

2. Supernatural (2005–2020)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as hunters, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 381,512

Sam Winchester: When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45!

Dean Winchester: Well, what was he supposed to do?

Sam Winchester: I was *nine* years old! He was supposed to say "don't be afraid of the dark!"

Dean Winchester: Don't be afraid of the dark? What are you, kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark. You know what's out there!

3. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 300,313

Peter Griffin: Chris, everything I say is a lie. Except that. And that. And that. And that. And that. And that. And that. And that.

4. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 118,900

Ruth Fisher: David, are you bringing a special friend to dinner?

David Fisher: Why are my friends always special?

Ruth Fisher: Okay, then. If you're having sex with anyone, is he coming to dinner?

5. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,407,949

Skyler White: You know what, Walt? Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.

6. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,586,586 | Gross: $134.97M

Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.

Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.

Michael: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?

7. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 290,708

Janice Soprano: You want to swap family stories Tone? How about the time when Mom and Dad were coming back from the Copa?

Tony Soprano: That's enough Janice!

Janice Soprano: [laughing] Mom's hair!

Tony Soprano: That didn't even happen! And anyway, it's not for public concern! Carmela Soprano: What? Oh my God! What?

Janice Soprano: They were driving back from Manhattan, with Uncle June and his goomar. Oh! What was her name?

Tony Soprano: Your a--!

Janice Soprano: That's how we heard the story through her... [remembering]

Janice Soprano: Rosemary. My father's driving, and she's ragging on his a--. You know how she gets. He's been drinking, I guess. And he takes out his gun!

Carmela Soprano: Oh my God!

Janice Soprano: BOOM!

Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri: Holy sh-t! [Tony looks embarrassed]

Janice Soprano: F---n' blew right through her beehive hairdo! [Carmela, Janice and Bobby burst out laughing]

Carmela Soprano: [laughing] I can't believe you never told me that story!

Janice Soprano: Yeah! What's the big deal!

Tony Soprano: 'Cause it makes us look like a f--n' dysfunctional family!

8. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,140,355 | Gross: $290.48M

Darth Vader: ...Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

Luke: He told me enough! He told me *you* killed him!

Darth Vader: No. *I* am your father.

Luke: No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!

Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you *know* it to be true!

Luke: [anguished] No! No!

9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 434,403 | Gross: $59.89M

Sheryl: [to Frank] He started snorting heroin.

Frank: [to Grandpa] You started snorting heroin?

Grandpa: [in response to Frank, aimed at Dwayne] Let me tell ya, don't do that stuff. When you're young, you're crazy to do that sh-t.

Frank: [to Grandpa] Well what about you?

Grandpa: [to Frank] What about me? I'm old. When you're old you're crazy not to do it.

10. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 272,590

Lucille: You know I always get this way around Motherboy.

Michael: Oh, God, it's Motherboy time already?

Lucille: Normally, I'd go with Buster but he doesn't want to go. But with you, I think I've got a shot.

Michael: Buster for the first time ever, doesn't want to do this?

Narrator: [voice over] Motherboy was the name of an annual dance promoting mother-son bonding. Lucille has gone with Buster over 30 times, and on many occasions, won cutest couple. But as one entered sexual maturity and the other one left it, it became increasingly difficult.

Lucille: [Buster and Lucille are getting their picture taken] I'm so hot.

Buster: If you were hot, mother, we would win!

11. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,824

Eddie: But darling, that dress was awful! How did you manage to get her to wear it?

Patsy: Oh, I just told her a cock-and-bull story about how I was a slave to my mother in her dying years and how I always strived to make her like me and she never loved me at all, ha!

Eddie: Ooh!...

[reflects for a second]

Eddie: But Pats, sweetie... That is all *true*. Your mother never loved you at all.

Patsy: DAMN!

12. Married... with Children (1987–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 95,357

Peggy: Kelly, its time we had a little talk. There is a thing men will want you to do when you get married; it's called work.

Kelly: I'm scared; hold me, Mom.

Peggy: Once you do it though, you'll never have to do it again and there will come a time when your husband comes home smellin' like beer and wantin' some lovin'; you'll follow that fat butt up the stairs because you'll know that no matter how disgusting the next five minutes may be, it's still better than work.

Kelly: Thanks, Mom; you're so wise.

Peggy: Well, you can't sit on a couch twenty hours a day and not learn something.

13. Dexter (2006–2021)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 633,318

Debra Morgan: Do you wanna know why I'm not returning your phone calls? 'Cause I don't wanna talk to you. And I really don't wanna f---n' see you.

Dexter Morgan: Why?

Debra Morgan: [laughs] "Why"? Um... because you made me compromise everything about myself that I care about.

[Deb takes another swig from the beer she hasn't paid for]

Debra Morgan: And I hate you for it.

Dexter Morgan: [disbelieving] No you don't.

Debra Morgan: I shot the wrong person in that trailer.

14. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 879,366 | Gross: $44.02M

Stuart Ullman: When the place was built in 1907, there was very little interest in winter sports. And this site was chosen for its seclusion and scenic beauty.

Jack Torrance: [laughs] Well, it's certainly got plenty of that.

Stuart Ullman: ...The winters can be fantastically cruel. And the basic idea is to cope with the very costly damage and depreciation which can occur. And this consists mainly of running the boiler, heating different parts of the hotel on a daily, rotating basis, repair damage as it occurs, and doing repairs so that the elements can't get a foothold.

Jack Torrance: Well, that sounds fine to me.

Stuart Ullman: Physically, it's not a very demanding job. The only thing that can get a bit trying up here during the winter is, uh, a tremendous sense of isolation.

Jack Torrance: Well, that just happens to be exactly what I'm looking for. I'm outlining a new writing project and, uh, five months of peace is just what I want.

Stuart Ullman: That's very good Jack, because, uh, for some people, solitude and isolation can, of itself become a problem.

Jack Torrance: Not for me.

Stuart Ullman: How about your wife and son? How do you think they'll take to it?

Jack Torrance: They'll love it.

15. Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A med student is forced by his traveling salesman dad to cancel a top summer internship and look after his hot mom, who's bedridden with a broken leg. Applying lotion to her legs arouses him.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Benjamin Hendrickson, Elizabeth Newett

Votes: 5,913 | Gross: $1.36M

I swear, this is the most disorganized household...

16. Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A forty-six-year-old ex-drug addict returns to high school as a freshman.

Stars: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Greg Hollimon

Votes: 5,278

Jerri Blank: You're such a poo-hole, Derrick.

Derrick Blank: You're a fat goblin!

Sara Blank: Derrick...

Derrick Blank: Well, she is!

Sara Blank: I KNOW, Derrick. I have eyes.

17. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,769

Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell: I have one son who's about to become my daughter, another son whom people are trying to kill, I have a lunatic stepson and a dummy living in my home and a husband who won't make love to me. That's not life, that's something by Tennessee Williams!

18. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

R | 155 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

Votes: 21,049 | Gross: $13.34M

Mabel: I always understood you, and you always understood me and that was always just how it was, and that’s it. "Till death do us part," Nick. You said it. Remember? He said, "Do you, Mabel Mortensen, take this man?" "I do." "I do," Nick. "I do." Remember, I said "It's gonna work because I'm already pregnant."

Nick: Don't let that mind run away on you now.

Mabel: Remember how you laughed?

Nick: Don't, Mabel.

Mabel: Nick. You laughed.

Nick: Don't.

Mabel: Don't you remember? And he was mad as a big toad.

Nick: Don't do that.

Mabel: Hey, don't be sad. I know you love me.

Nick: Hey.

Mabel: We had plenty of time to find that out, didn't we? You and I know. You see that, Nick? That’s how close we are. And they can’t pull us apart. They can't force us apart. 'Cause we're together.

Nick: I don't know who you are.

Mabel: Don't say that, honey. I'm not sore at you. I'm not mad or anything.

Nick: Mabel... don't.

Mabel: You sit there and pretend you... all of that doesn't mean... and you know. You know. It's us. You're going with them out there on the outside.

Nick: Be still.

Mabel: And we're supposed to be on the inside. We were always there.

Nick: Shut up!

Mabel: You little... teeny... skinny... little... bug!

19. Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | 128 min | Drama

A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

Director: Gary Oldman | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse

Votes: 8,389

Ray: She took his dinner in to him once. Me mum, in the pub, and plonked it in front of him on a tray. Knife and fork, salt and pepper. He said, "What's that?" She said, "It's your dinner. I thought you might be hungry. You ain't eaten for three f--king days. You live in here, you might as well f--king eat in here." It's funny. He didn't like that, did he? Mugged him up in front of his mates. Thought more of them... than he did us. Lovely. Yeah. She got a clump over that. Well, she would, wouldn't she? He was always pissed in there, weren't he? You know? We go in the pub to get our living, you know? That's where we do our business. He'd be there spunking out while we're sitting at home without a dinar, you know, thank you. And he'd promise things. You know? Promise to take us places, you know? Never did. Never took us anywhere. And when he did bother to come home he'd sit in that f---ing chair, doss off with his tray in his lap. And I'd just stand there looking at him. I'd look in his face, and my mother'd go upstairs, and I'd say, "Say, Mum, ain't Daddy coming to bed?" And she'd say, "No. No, he's all right, son. He'll come up when he wakes up." He's gotta wake up to go to bed!

20. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,055,619 | Gross: $130.10M

Carolyn Burnham: Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don't you tell our daughter about it, honey?

Lester Burnham: Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go f--k himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.

Carolyn Burnham: Your father seems to think this kind of behavior is something to be proud of.

Lester Burnham: And your mother seems to prefer that I go through life like a f--king prisoner while she keeps my d--k in a mason jar under the sink.

Carolyn Burnham: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.

Lester Burnham: Lose it? I didn't lose it. It's not like, "Whoops! Where'd my job go?" I QUIT. Someone pass the asparagus, please.

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