If you have a family, then you know how important the the following list is to your life every now and then. The job can get stressful, your daughter volunteered your services in the cupcake sale, your son has football practice, the car is making some god-awful noise when you brake, the dog has worms, your cat ripped up the curtains, and the toilet bowl makes gurgling sounds when the washer starts to drain. Yeah, life can get you, so it's a good thing that there are fictional television families that you can turn to for some good laughs and a moment away from the chaos that comes with life.
There are so many sitcoms in this genre that one could build a list that can fill the bible, but here are just a few TV families that bring warm comfort, gentle laughs, and some good ol' fashion feel-good to our lives.
1. Modern Family
There are shows that can touch every issue with a laugh, and Modern Family is one of them. For seven seasons Phil, Claire, Jay, Gloria, Mitchell, Cam, Alex, Haley, Luke, Manny, Lily, and now baby Joe have granted us a momentary retreat from the seriousness of life by making us laugh. Modern Family has won 21 Prime Time Emmys and is the first family's favorite show in the White House.
2. Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray does something dumb, Debra gets mad, Robert makes fun of him, Frank complains about how Ray should have listened to him while Marie offers everyone a cannoli. The show lasted nine seasons and won 15 Emmys. This success motivated the creation of shows outside the United States based on Everybody Loves Raymond, but none had the same magic that the original brought to us.
3. The George Lopez Show
Tacos, burritos, flan, and a side of funny sarcasm was on the menu for Sunday dinner at the Lopez household. George, Angie, Ernie, Benny, Carmen, and Max gave us a look inside the home of a very funny Mexican-American family for six years until it was sadly canceled, but you can see reruns of The George Lopez Show on networks like TV Land.
4. Married With Children
We can arguably say that The Bundys changed the way we view the American family. Al, Peg, Kelly, and Bud were our source of edgy comedy that brought a whole new meaning to the term Married...With Children. In 1996, the Parent Television Council named this show the "crudest comedy on prime time television...peppered with lewd punch lines about sex, masturbation, the gay lifestyle, and the lead character's fondness for pornographic magazines and strip clubs."
5. Home Improvement
There was never a dull moment in the shop with Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on Home Improvement. For eight seasons, Tim, Jill, Brad, Mark, Randy, Al, and Mr. Wilson gave us laughs filled with power tools and that famous Allen grunt that can never be duplicated. This show also gave us a pleasant view of Detroit, Michigan and reminds us that this great city is more than the negative news that has covered it these past years. Oh, and let us not forget all the cool cameos from sports, television, and movie stars like NFL Legend John Elway, This Old House icon (and Tim's nemesis) Bob Vila, and Dan Aykroyd as well as the fact that this show was what launched the career of Pamela Anderson.
Every show has a lesson to teach about stereotypes, family, values, and heritage drenched with off the wall humor. Blackish may be young in its life on television, but Dre, Bow, Zoey, Andre Jr, Jack, Diane, Ruby, and Pops are no doubt here to stay. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are actually nominated for this year's EMMY's for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.