History ParentalAbandonment / LiveActionTV

25th Dec '16 1:32:03 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Will Smith himself, who was raised by his single mother in Philly until he was a teenager as his father left them when he was only a small child, dedicating himself full-time to his job as a cross-country truck driver. Will wondered for years of his father's whereabouts, and it was in part because of the lack of a father figure that it eventually became necessary for him to move to Bel-Air with his Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian, who took him in on his mother's request. Eventually Will's dad, Lou, inexplicably shows up at school hoping to meet his son, and the two attempt to bond despite Uncle Phil's heated objections, fearing lingering disloyalty on Lou's part. Lou tries to explain that he "felt trapped and scared", and was "not ready", and Will eagerly accepts the chance to travel with him to the anger of Phil, but he eventually comes around because he knows what this means to Will. Lou however again bails on his son, saying a "big job" is up and can't afford space for Will. Devastated, Will cuts all ties with his father, and tearfully accepts Uncle Phil as his true father.
23rd Jul '16 10:13:20 AM nighttrainfm
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** For the duration of Series 5, Amy's parents had never existed.

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** For the duration of Series 5, Amy's parents [[RetGone had never existed.existed]] due to the time-crack in her house. Amy herself doesn't realize this until the end, shortly before the Doctor undoes the damage caused by the cracks.
23rd Apr '16 6:26:11 PM JusticeReaper
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* ''Series/StreetJustice'': Main character Grady lost his parents when he was 9 years old; they were Canadian missionaries to Vietnam who were killed during a raid by Viet Cong soldiers at the village where they were staying.
10th Apr '16 7:35:16 PM StrixObscuro
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*** Necrolai is [[spoiler: Leelee's mom. Dad exists, but she had him turned into a worm at some point.]]

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*** Necrolai is [[spoiler: Leelee's [[spoiler:Leelee's mom. Dad exists, but she had him turned into a worm at some point.]]



* ''Series/{{Quantico}}'': [[spoiler:Shlby Wyatt's parents, long believed to have died on 9/11, actually ended up in hiding, as a result of finding out that some shady contacts that they had made in Afghanistan were connected to the terrorist attacks.]]



* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie and Danny's biological mother died sometime after the blackout and their father dies in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot episode]]. Their stepmother Maggie lives, [[spoiler: only to die in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs episode 4]]]]. However, their birth mother is revealed to be still alive, and in Monroe's custody in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat episode 2]]. She does get free in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine episode 10]], but then she blatantly shows that she favours Danny over Charlie to an unhealthy degree. Sure, [[spoiler: Danny's death]] in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]] didn't help matters, but slapping Charlie because she tried to call her out on her abandonment in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts episode 12]], as well as leaving Charlie and fully intending to die sends the message that Charlie is better off without her in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame episode 13]].
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': The titular character is raised by her aunts. Her dad the warlock lives in the magical [[AlternateDimension Other Realm]], and only shows up a few times to visit. Her mom is a mortal, which means she and Sabrina can't see each other or Mom will turn into a ball of wax. [[spoiler: Mom is allowed to come to Sabrina's wedding in the series finale because Hilda allows the Witches Council to turn her into a candle]]
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Maria's parents are divorced but Chrissie appears so often that this trope ''isn't'' in play for her. However both the other kids have it: Clyde's parents -- who are divorced -- are never seen (he lives with his mother apparently); Luke has no father, he's an artificially-grown human but he was adopted by Sarah Jane. [[spoiler: Series 2 introduced Rani Chandra, the only kid of the group to have her parents still together. We get to meet Clyde's parents finally, too, and Clyde's feelings on his father running off are prominent when we do.]]

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie and Danny's biological mother died sometime after the blackout and their father dies in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot episode]]. Their stepmother Maggie lives, [[spoiler: only to die in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs episode 4]]]]. However, their birth mother is revealed to be still alive, and in Monroe's custody in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat episode 2]]. She does get free in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine episode 10]], but then she blatantly shows that she favours Danny over Charlie to an unhealthy degree. Sure, [[spoiler: Danny's [[spoiler:Danny's death]] in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]] didn't help matters, but slapping Charlie because she tried to call her out on her abandonment in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts episode 12]], as well as leaving Charlie and fully intending to die sends the message that Charlie is better off without her in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame episode 13]].
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': The titular character is raised by her aunts. Her dad the warlock lives in the magical [[AlternateDimension Other Realm]], and only shows up a few times to visit. Her mom is a mortal, which means she and Sabrina can't see each other or Mom will turn into a ball of wax. [[spoiler: Mom [[spoiler:Mom is allowed to come to Sabrina's wedding in the series finale because Hilda allows the Witches Council to turn her into a candle]]
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': Maria's parents are divorced but Chrissie appears so often that this trope ''isn't'' in play for her. However both the other kids have it: Clyde's parents -- who are divorced -- are never seen (he lives with his mother apparently); Luke has no father, he's an artificially-grown human but he was adopted by Sarah Jane. [[spoiler: Series [[spoiler:Series 2 introduced Rani Chandra, the only kid of the group to have her parents still together. We get to meet Clyde's parents finally, too, and Clyde's feelings on his father running off are prominent when we do.]]
22nd Feb '16 10:09:06 AM JumpingBeans
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**Not to mention Killian "Hook" Jones, whose father sold him into servitude as payment for buying a rowboat to escape the law.
19th Feb '16 11:07:44 AM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': One hundred teenagers are sent to the ground, unsupervised, to test if the planet is survivable again. Even Clarke and Wells, who had parents on the governing Council, were not exempted. That they sent their children to what would probably be their deaths is a source of angst for parents and children alike.

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One hundred teenagers are sent to the ground, unsupervised, to test if the planet is survivable again. Even Clarke and Wells, who had parents on the governing Council, were not exempted. That they sent their children to what would probably be their deaths is a source of angst for parents and children alike.
16th Jan '16 7:44:04 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': One hundred teenagers are sent to the ground, unsupervised, to test if the planet is survivable again. Even Clarke and Wells, who had parents on the governing Council, were not exempted. That they sent to children to what was likely to be their deaths is a source of angst for parents and children alike.

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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': One hundred teenagers are sent to the ground, unsupervised, to test if the planet is survivable again. Even Clarke and Wells, who had parents on the governing Council, were not exempted. That they sent to their children to what was likely to would probably be their deaths is a source of angst for parents and children alike.
16th Jan '16 7:43:05 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': One hundred teenagers are sent to the ground, unsupervised, to test if the planet is survivable again. Even Clarke and Wells, who had parents on the governing Council, were not exempted. That they sent to children to what was likely to be their deaths is a source of angst for parents and children alike.
** Raven says her mother was "AWOL" for most of her childhood, and no mention is made of her father; she considers her ChildhoodFriend, Finn, to be her real family.
6th Nov '15 6:51:12 PM RavenWilder
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* Matt's father may or may not be dead, but he's certainly not in the picture, and his mother is prone to leaving town for months at a time, and doesn't show up at all after the first season.

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* ** Matt's father may or may not be dead, but he's certainly not in the picture, and his mother is prone to leaving town for months at a time, and doesn't show up at all after the first season.
6th Nov '15 6:50:42 PM RavenWilder
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** Elena's parents died in a car crash in which she managed to survive.
** All of the characters have some sort of issue with their parents.

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** Elena's Elena and Jeremy's parents died in a car crash in which she managed to survive.
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accident a few months before the start of the characters have some sort series. Elena later learns that she was adopted and meets her biological parents ... both of issue with whom end up dead by the end of Season 2.
** Stefan killed his and Damon's father, while
their parents.mother had died years earlier from consumption. [[spoiler:Turns out she came back to life as a vampire, but abandoned them, at first because she couldn't control her bloodlust around them, and later because her feelings for them had evaporated.]]
** Bonnie's mother abandoned her when she was very young, and her father is a very uninvolved parent. Bonnie's grandmother seems to have been the main parental influence in her life.
** Tyler's father and mother were both killed, each in separate episodes. Ditto for Caroline, though her mother is one of the few people in Mystic Falls to have died of natural causes.
* Matt's father may or may not be dead, but he's certainly not in the picture, and his mother is prone to leaving town for months at a time, and doesn't show up at all after the first season.
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