History AbusiveParents / LiveActionTV

29th May '16 8:32:53 PM BatmanKalEl
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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', the only flashback about Jed Bartlet's past portrays his father as an emotionally, and sometimes physically, abusive parent toward the young Jed. In a battle with his subconscious, personified by the "ghost" of Mrs. Landingham, his father is described as "a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn't as smart as his brothers". [[WordOfGod Sorkin says]] that Bartlet's tirade against God in the episode "Two Cathedrals" is directed just as much at his own father.

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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', the only flashback about Jed Bartlet's past portrays his late father as an emotionally, and sometimes physically, abusive parent toward the young Jed. In a battle with his subconscious, personified by the "ghost" of Mrs. Landingham, his father is described as "a prick who could never get over the fact that he wasn't as smart as his brothers". [[WordOfGod Sorkin says]] that Bartlet's tirade against God in the episode "Two Cathedrals" is directed just as much at his own father.
7th May '16 12:18:49 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheGeorgeLopezShow Benny Lopez]] was pretty bad to George as a kid, but it was more due to George's dad walking out on her and not having the money herself to afford it. The ''real'' abusive parents are hers, who make her look like a decent mother compared to them.

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* [[TheGeorgeLopezShow [[Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow Benny Lopez]] was pretty bad to George as a kid, but it was more due to George's dad walking out on her and not having the money herself to afford it. The ''real'' abusive parents are hers, who make her look like a decent mother compared to them.



* Kenzi's stepfather from ''LostGirl'' used to lock her in a closet for laughing too loud, and it's implied that he was sexually abusive.

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* Kenzi's stepfather from ''LostGirl'' ''Series/LostGirl'' used to lock her in a closet for laughing too loud, and it's implied that he was sexually abusive.
22nd Apr '16 11:04:18 AM JusticeReaper
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* In Grey's Anatomy, Alex Karev's father was physically abusive to his mother and perhaps to Alex and his siblings as well, until Alex grew strong enough to beat him up and kick him out of the house. Because of this, Alex is extremely emotionally involved with cases involving abuse.

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* In Grey's Anatomy, Alex Karev's father was physically abusive to his mother and perhaps to Alex and his siblings as well, until Alex grew strong enough to beat him up and kick him out of the house. Because of this, Alex is extremely emotionally involved with cases involving abuse.abuse.
* In ''Series/StreetJustice'', the episode "Kid Stuff" has a woman fearing that her child, who she'd given up for adoption, is being abused by his adopted parents, a feeling strengthened by the fact that they've recently stopped her visitation rights and the observation by one of the child's teachers that the father inspires fear in all the kids. In the same episode, Adam recalls that he once had a case where he confronted and beat an abusive dad for hitting his son; unfortunately, while Adam was being arraigned in court on assault charges from that incident, the father killed the boy.
26th Mar '16 4:19:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Aaron Echolls, father of Logan Echolls in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', is notably one of the worst dads in television - among other things, he has been shown to physically abuse his son, hitting him and striking him with a belt, and [[spoiler:''having sex with his son's girlfriend and then murdering her with an ashtray.'']]. Logan's mother could be said to be neglectful, in the least, due to her drinking with the intention of ignoring her son being beaten in the next room.

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* Aaron Echolls, father of Logan Echolls in ''Series/VeronicaMars'', is notably one of the worst dads in television - among other things, he has been shown to physically abuse his son, hitting him and striking him with a belt, and [[spoiler:''having sex with his son's girlfriend and then murdering her with an ashtray.'']]. Logan's mother could be said to be neglectful, in the least, due to her drinking with the intention of ignoring her son being beaten in the next room. Interestingly, Aaron recalls how his own father was a violent drunk who beat his mother and put out a cigar on his hand.
19th Mar '16 10:36:44 AM nombretomado
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* Beverly Hoffsteder, mother of main character Leonard Hoffsteder from the BigBangTheory was this intentionally, so she could write a book about the experiment. It's so bad that Leonard has said as a child he built a robot to hug him: but his father was always using it. Or, to put it another way, she's basically Sheldon as a caregiver.

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* Beverly Hoffsteder, mother of main character Leonard Hoffsteder from the BigBangTheory ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' was this intentionally, so she could write a book about the experiment. It's so bad that Leonard has said as a child he built a robot to hug him: but his father was always using it. Or, to put it another way, she's basically Sheldon as a caregiver.
10th Mar '16 1:07:54 PM Morgenthaler
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** YMMV: but [[EvilMatriarch Emily]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Richard]] can be considered to be mentally/emotionally abusive toward their daughter Lorelai. They're extremely controlling and manipulative and never seem to run out of ways to insult or belittle her. Now yes, it's made clear that the elder Gilmores really do care for their daughter. But it's hard to believe that anyone who truly loved their child would treat them this way. It's best summed up like this:
--->'''Rory''': Now I officially know what it's like to grow up here (at the Gilmore mansion).
--->'''Lorelai''': Mmm, it's not official til you're huddled in a corner, eating your hair.
10th Mar '16 1:06:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TwinPeaks'', [[spoiler:murder victim Laura Palmer, repeatedly raped over several years and [[OffingtheOffspring later killed]] by her father Leland. Leland is supposedly not entirely responsible because of possession by BOB, an evil spirit.]]

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* In ''TwinPeaks'', ''Series/TwinPeaks'', [[spoiler:murder victim Laura Palmer, repeatedly raped over several years and [[OffingtheOffspring later killed]] by her father Leland. Leland is supposedly not entirely responsible because of possession by BOB, an evil spirit.]]



* Theodore Bagwell's father from ''PrisonBreak'': He [[BrotherSisterIncest raped his retarded sister]], was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], and finally was revealed to be verbally, physically and specially [[RapeAsBackstory sexually]] abusive to [[InSeriesNickname T-Bag]] in the second season, shown in a ''very'' creepy flashback Theodore has when he returns with Susan to the house he grew up in.
* ''GilmoreGirls'': Paris's parents decide to evade their tax responsibilities and leave the country, leaving her high and dry when the IRS moved in, and she was forced to take work and move into a skeevy apartment featuring a "doo-wop group" on the front steps in order to get through the last two years of Yale.

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* Theodore Bagwell's father from ''PrisonBreak'': ''Series/PrisonBreak'': He [[BrotherSisterIncest raped his retarded sister]], was an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]], and finally was revealed to be verbally, physically and specially [[RapeAsBackstory sexually]] abusive to [[InSeriesNickname T-Bag]] in the second season, shown in a ''very'' creepy flashback Theodore has when he returns with Susan to the house he grew up in.
* ''GilmoreGirls'': ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Paris's parents decide to evade their tax responsibilities and leave the country, leaving her high and dry when the IRS moved in, and she was forced to take work and move into a skeevy apartment featuring a "doo-wop group" on the front steps in order to get through the last two years of Yale.



* Where to begin with [[ArchnemesisDad Dan Scott]] of ''OneTreeHill''? He alternates between pretending older son [[HeroicBastard Lucas]] doesn't exist, pitting him against his half brother Nathan when he does bother to acknowledge his presence, or just outright telling Lucas that he was a mistake that should've been aborted, take your pick. Speaking of Nathan, Dan raised Nathan to become the NBA star that Dan never became, all the while telling Nathan that he doesn't have what it takes to be a better player than Dan. Dan also has no qualms about putting his hands on either of his boys, as seen when he '''almost strangles''' Lucas and when he pushes Nathan down in order to stop him from making the winning basket in the father/son game.

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* Where to begin with [[ArchnemesisDad Dan Scott]] of ''OneTreeHill''? ''Series/OneTreeHill''? He alternates between pretending older son [[HeroicBastard Lucas]] doesn't exist, pitting him against his half brother Nathan when he does bother to acknowledge his presence, or just outright telling Lucas that he was a mistake that should've been aborted, take your pick. Speaking of Nathan, Dan raised Nathan to become the NBA star that Dan never became, all the while telling Nathan that he doesn't have what it takes to be a better player than Dan. Dan also has no qualms about putting his hands on either of his boys, as seen when he '''almost strangles''' Lucas and when he pushes Nathan down in order to stop him from making the winning basket in the father/son game.
9th Mar '16 6:48:56 AM Hossmeister
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* In one of the last episodes of ''AllInTheFamily'' before the Stivics move to California, Mike and Archie get locked in the unheated bar's basement during a cold spell. Both drink to keep warm, and in this altered state Archie tells Mike about how his father would beat him and lock him in a closet to "teach me to do good". In another episode, Edith tells Mike that Archie was forced to drop out of school in eighth grade to help support his family.

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* In one of the last episodes of ''AllInTheFamily'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' before the Stivics move to California, Mike and Archie get locked in the unheated bar's basement during a cold spell. Both drink to keep warm, and in this altered state Archie tells Mike about how his father would beat him and lock him in a closet to "teach me to do good". In another episode, Edith tells Mike that Archie was forced to drop out of school in eighth grade to help support his family.
25th Feb '16 8:11:13 PM Jules55
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----*In Grey's Anatomy, Alex Karev's father was physically abusive to his mother and perhaps to Alex and his siblings as well, until Alex grew strong enough to beat him up and kick him out of the house. Because of this, Alex is extremely emotionally involved with cases involving abuse.
25th Feb '16 12:01:15 PM Jules55
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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', some of the [=UnSubs=] were abused by their parents. Then there are the [=UnSubs=] who ''are'' the abusive parents. It's also heavily implied that Hotch was abused by his parents.

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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', some of the [=UnSubs=] were abused by their parents. Then there are the [=UnSubs=] who ''are'' the abusive parents. It's
**Notable examples of abuse that helped lead to the child becoming a killer include Daniel Whitaker to his son Chase (beat him with a belt and buried him alive), Jeff Salters to his son Chris (beat him often as discipline) and Charles Hankel to his son Tobias (branded and nearly drowned him).
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also heavily implied that Hotch was abused by his parents.
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