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Of course we adore our own families but, as avid TV watchers, we occasionally can’t help but wonder what life would be like if we belonged to an entirely different brood nothing like the one we were born into. And we’re not talking about picture-perfect American Dream units like the Cleavers and Waltons. Rather, fictional families that approached parenting in interesting, humorous, unconventional, and often dysfunctional ways.
That’s why—as part of our ongoing week on television coverage—we started thinking about which television families captivated us the most, and why. From obvious choices like the Huxtable’s and Brady’s, to less conventional family units like the one we loved on ’80s favorite “My Two Dads” here are are 10 television families we wish would adopt us. Sorry mom and dad!
The Taylor Family, "Friday Night Lights"
There's a reason why Eric and Tami Taylor are called the greatest couple in television history: Not only do they have insane chemistry with one another, but the Texas football coach and his educator wife are tough but fair parents to their teenage daughter Julie.
The Conner family, "Roseanne"
They're working class, blue-collar folks trying to scape by, but Roseanne and Dan have something so many parents don't: A real, no-nonsense sense of humor. They don't take themselves or their situation too seriously, and always manage to get through to their three kids. Plus, who wouldn't want Jackie as an aunt?
The Carrington Family, "Dynasty"
Not only are they rich, powerful, melodramatic oil magnantes in 1980s Denver, but having Alexis Carrington in your family means unfettered access to gold lamé dresses, shoulder pads, and a staggeringly large selection of hats for all seasons.
The Wysel Family, "Sex and the City"
In Season 2, Carrie dates a short-story writer named Vaughn Wysel and falls in love with his family, not him. It's easy to see why. Though the Wysels didn't get much screen time, the show perfectly captured their essence: Classic Upper West Side liberals who sit down to bagels and lox on Sundays, talk freely about sex, and live in an amazing townhouse.
Jack and Elliot, "Will and Grace"
Though these two aren't a traditional family—Jack's a gay man who found out he has a son named Elliot after he donated sperm—we'd be first in line if Jack was looking to adopt this time around.
The Taylor-Harris-Bradford Family, "My Two Dads"
Not as progressive as you'd think—Nicole Bradford's two dads aren't a couple, but rather two former friends who were competing over the same woman. When the woman dies, she leaves her 12-year-daughter in their care. Being part of this '80s family means having one buttoned-up yuppie dad, one cool artist dad, and a seriously sweet New York loft.
The Brady Family, "The Brady Bunch"
This blended family came together and ended up with six kids, which means you'll always have someone to hang out with. Plus, Mike and Carol clearly had no hangups about letting their teenage kids go out on dates. In fact, Marcia once went out with two guys in one night (douchebag Doug Simpson and nice guy Charlie, for those of you not as dorky as us.)
The Huxtable family, "The Cosby Show"
If you wouldn't want to be part of this family, something's probably wrong with you.
The Walsh Family, "Beverly Hills, 90210"
Jim and Cindy were a little too vanilla at times, but they managed to instill serious respect and family values into their teenage twins, even in excess-filled '90s Beverly Hills.
The Bluth Family, "Arrested Development"
Hey, what family isn't dysfunctional? Plus, how much fun would it be to drink martinis with Lucille all day?