Thursday Movie Pick: TV Edition - Families

It's the last Thursday of the month, so that means it's another TV Edition. Wanderer wants it to be all in the family this week. There's plenty of prolific TV families out there. Here are my favorites:

1) Game of Thrones
Families are one of the most important things in Game of Thrones. This is easily one of my favorite shows of all times. Even when they occasionally misstep it doesn't stop me from loving nearly everything they've done with the series.

2) The Brady Bunch

This was a show I loved watching on Nick at Nite. It's corny, but fun. I actually caught the Brady Bunch 90's movies on TV the other day and I never realized just how many of those innuendos went over my head. Obviously the TV show wasn't like that...or was it?

3) The Simpsons

Is there a more popular TV family than the Simpsons? I don't think so. The Simpsons first aired when I was two. I've literally had them as long as I can remember and while I'm not a weekly watcher any more, they're always a go to if nothing else is on. 

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  1. Game of Thrones and The Simpsons didn't even cross my mind. What is wrong with me? I love those two.

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    1. Bridget mentioned The Flintstones and I'm still trying to figure out how I didn't think of that either lol. There was SO much to choose from this week.

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  2. I so very much wanted to love Game of Thrones but I just can't despite several tries, it does fit here extremely well.

    Like probably everyone else on the planet I watched those crazy Brady kids week after week, though I never did in rerun unless my nieces and nephew were looking at them. I also saw the follow-up movies and God help me The Brady Bunch Variety Hour which was just dreadful (though at least when Florence Henderson sang she actually could unlike the rest of the cast)

    I'm sure it's some kind of sacrilege but The Simpsons is another show that just doesn't do it for me. But even with that I can't believe it never occurred to me even in passing.

    Since the choices were so plentiful I stuck to shows with the word family in them to make it easier.

    Family (1976-1980)-Gentle family drama of the problems big and small of an upper middle class family, lawyer dad Doug Lawrence (James Broderick-Matthew’s father) wife Kate (Sada Thompson) and their three children Nancy (Meredith Baxter again), Willie (Gary Frank) and sensitive Letitia “Buddy” (Kristy McNicol), living in a small California town. Much of the power of the series came from its refusal to go for big showy emotions rather taking a naturalistic approach to the various issues that present themselves. Very well-acted.

    Family Ties (1982-1989)-Former liberal flower children of the 60’s Steven and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter) are now middle class parents raising their three (eventually four) very different children in the Reagan 80’s. There’s the youngest, tomboy Jennifer (Tina Yothers), middle child acquisitive somewhat ditzy Mallory (Justine Bateman) and oldest son strongly conservative money hungry Alex (the series breakout star Michael J. Fox). The series looks with gentle humor and insight at the culture clashes that constantly erupt within the household through the years.

    All in the Family (1971-1979)-Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), his wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) who Archie semi affectionately calls “Dingbat” their daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) and her husband Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner) who Archie far less affectionately calls “Meathead” live together often disharmoniously in Queens, New York. Archie is a firmly opinionated bigot and his daughter and especially his son-in-law equally fierce liberals so their exchanges are often incendiary. When this debuted in ’71 it caused a revolution in how TV comedy was seen, to this point it had been dominated by shows similar to Father Knows Best and even more progressive ones such as Julia with Diahann Carroll dealt with gently humorous situations. But All in the Family took aim at the hot topics of the time in a more realistic way.

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    1. That's a clever way to narrow down the 10,000 options we all had this week I'm familiar with these shows but I never watched them. I only saw the shows before my time if they were on Nick and Nite, and none of these were.

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  3. LOL at Game of Thrones - the most fucked-up families on TV! But yeah, love that show to pieces.

    Was never a Brady Bunch watcher, even when it was on Nick at Nite. It looked too wholesome to me, even as a kid LOL.

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  4. I used to watch The Simpsons during its hey-day but now, not anymore. I've only seen bits of Games of Thrones which is a damn good show. I just haven't gotten all the way to see it from the beginning.

    I have seen The Brady Bunch. That was a fun show though way too wholesome and yeah, it jumped the shark when Cousin Oliver came on board. Let's forget about the spin-offs, the variety shows, and those awful movies from the 90s.

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    1. lol Cousin Oliver. That was awful and I still don't get why they did that. Cindy and Bobby were still young enough to get away with the precocious kid crap they tried to do with him.

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  5. Excellent call on Game of Thrones -it really is all about the families especially my favourites, Starks! Do love old skool Simpsons - not watched any new-ish ones. Feels like its running ouf of steam.

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    1. It likely is but I feel like the older seasons are on as reruns more often so I barely run into the new episodes.

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  6. The Brady Bunch was too corny for my taste, but sadly, I used to hate-watch it all the time. I love The Simpsons, though. Phenomenal show. And I might be that one guy who has not seen even one second of Game of Thrones.

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    1. There's something so amazing about you hate watching the Brady Bunch. lol

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  7. I'm still a few seasons behind for Game of Thrones, but I've loved what I've seen.

    And I love The Brady Bunch, it's just cute.

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