History ParentalAbandonment / LiveActionTV

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.
13th Oct '15 2:21:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AllInTheFamily'': In the ninth-season opener, Edith's chronically drunk cousin, Floyd, leaves his daughter Stephanie on their doorstep and leaves (presumably to get help, find work or go on his drinking binges). Although Floyd does appear from time to time -- continuing into ''ArchieBunkersPlace'' -- to regain custody of (or make contact with) Stephanie, he in fact has "abandoned" her ... and by early 1981, Archie (who by now is widowed) has been granted full custody of Stephanie.

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* ''AllInTheFamily'': ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': In the ninth-season opener, Edith's chronically drunk cousin, Floyd, leaves his daughter Stephanie on their doorstep and leaves (presumably to get help, find work or go on his drinking binges). Although Floyd does appear from time to time -- continuing into ''ArchieBunkersPlace'' ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' -- to regain custody of (or make contact with) Stephanie, he in fact has "abandoned" her ... and by early 1981, Archie (who by now is widowed) has been granted full custody of Stephanie.



* ''{{Beetleborgs}}'': At first you'd think it's this, as Roland's dad and grandmother are main characters but there's no sign of a mom. However, eventually, the dad leaves the show and is replaced by the mom. (They're only seen at the comic book shop run by he grandmother, so presumably it was just a change of jobs and they're still together.)

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* ''{{Beetleborgs}}'': ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'': At first you'd think it's this, as Roland's dad and grandmother are main characters but there's no sign of a mom. However, eventually, the dad leaves the show and is replaced by the mom. (They're only seen at the comic book shop run by he grandmother, so presumably it was just a change of jobs and they're still together.)



* ''BoyMeetsWorld'': Happens to Shawn several times over. First by his mother, then by his father, then by his mother again, then his father again...

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* ''BoyMeetsWorld'': ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': Happens to Shawn several times over. First by his mother, then by his father, then by his mother again, then his father again...



* ''FridayNightLights'': Has several cases of this, the most glaringly obvious being the Riggins' parents--their father lives in another city, and their mother is mentioned all of twice (and never seen.) The Colletes also have an absent father, and their mother shows up rarely and usually has no visible means of income. Becky Sproles' father has another family in Seattle. Vince Howard's father has been in prison most of his life, and his mother is a drug addict. Matt Saracen's dad is a lifelong military man, and never shown to be close to or affectionate to his son even when he's home. Matt is "cared for" by his grandmother, but given her mental and physical decline it's actually him that takes care of her.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Phoebe's father walked out on his family when Phoebe was a baby, her step father ended up in jail and her mother killed herself when Phoebe was 14 years old. Later she found her [[spoiler: biological mother, as well as her father]].

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* ''FridayNightLights'': ''Series/FridayNightLights'': Has several cases of this, the most glaringly obvious being the Riggins' parents--their father lives in another city, and their mother is mentioned all of twice (and never seen.) The Colletes also have an absent father, and their mother shows up rarely and usually has no visible means of income. Becky Sproles' father has another family in Seattle. Vince Howard's father has been in prison most of his life, and his mother is a drug addict. Matt Saracen's dad is a lifelong military man, and never shown to be close to or affectionate to his son even when he's home. Matt is "cared for" by his grandmother, but given her mental and physical decline it's actually him that takes care of her.
* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe's father walked out on his family when Phoebe was a baby, her step father ended up in jail and her mother killed herself when Phoebe was 14 years old. Later she found her [[spoiler: biological mother, as well as her father]].



** ''MaskedRider'' (one of the franchise's American adaptations): Don't think ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' is the only series in the world of American {{Toku}} to have this as a rule. Dex, the Masked Rider, has a grandfather (King Lexian) and an uncle (usurper Count Dregon, the BigBad.) We don't meet or hear of Grandma. His parents, though, were mentioned to have died when he was young. (Like ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', the ruination of the world pre-series makes "they all got dead thanks to the bad guys" a logical assumption, but it's never made clear - and also like ''RPM'', you wouldn't think the parents' deaths would be mentioned but ''not'' the death of Lexian's wife if it happened.)

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** ''MaskedRider'' ''Series/MaskedRider'' (one of the franchise's American adaptations): Don't think ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' is the only series in the world of American {{Toku}} to have this as a rule. Dex, the Masked Rider, has a grandfather (King Lexian) and an uncle (usurper Count Dregon, the BigBad.) We don't meet or hear of Grandma. His parents, though, were mentioned to have died when he was young. (Like ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', the ruination of the world pre-series makes "they all got dead thanks to the bad guys" a logical assumption, but it's never made clear - and also like ''RPM'', you wouldn't think the parents' deaths would be mentioned but ''not'' the death of Lexian's wife if it happened.)



* ''KungFu: The Legend Continues'': Peter Caine has a continuing case of this. His mother died when he was young, he was separated from his father when he was twelve--believing that he, too, had died--and after he was reunited with his father as an adult, the elder Caine left again repeatedly. To make matters worse, Peter's ''adoptive'' father left for personal reasons at the end of the second season and never returned (sadly, [[WrittenInInfirmity due to the death of the actor]]). Unsurprisingly, Peter has issues.

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* ''KungFu: ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'': Peter Caine has a continuing case of this. His mother died when he was young, he was separated from his father when he was twelve--believing that he, too, had died--and after he was reunited with his father as an adult, the elder Caine left again repeatedly. To make matters worse, Peter's ''adoptive'' father left for personal reasons at the end of the second season and never returned (sadly, [[WrittenInInfirmity due to the death of the actor]]). Unsurprisingly, Peter has issues.



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':



* ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': The Trotters' mother Joan died when they were young, while their JerkAss father Reg abandoned them. They were not happy when he returned in "Thicker than Water". Del frequently speaks of his mother with great fondness.

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* ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': The Trotters' mother Joan died when they were young, while their JerkAss father Reg abandoned them. They were not happy when he returned in "Thicker than Water". Del frequently speaks of his mother with great fondness.



* ''PunkyBrewster'': Punky was abandoned by her mother; as to why was never disclosed. The subject of Punky wanting to reunite with her mom came up a few times during the first couple of seasons (and once in the animated version).
* ''PushingDaisies'': One of the main themes of this show is the effect that suffering this trope has had on the two leads. Both of them lost a parent when they were children (on the same day, in fact[[note]]This was actually Ned's fault, even though he didn't realize it at that time.[[/note]]). Chuck was raised by her aunts after that [[spoiler:although one of her aunts may be her mother]], while Ned's {{Jerkass}} father abandoned him at boarding school.

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* ''PunkyBrewster'': ''Series/PunkyBrewster'': Punky was abandoned by her mother; as to why was never disclosed. The subject of Punky wanting to reunite with her mom came up a few times during the first couple of seasons (and once in the animated version).
* ''PushingDaisies'': ''Series/PushingDaisies'': One of the main themes of this show is the effect that suffering this trope has had on the two leads. Both of them lost a parent when they were children (on the same day, in fact[[note]]This was actually Ned's fault, even though he didn't realize it at that time.[[/note]]). Chuck was raised by her aunts after that [[spoiler:although one of her aunts may be her mother]], while Ned's {{Jerkass}} father abandoned him at boarding school.



* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': Gives us [[AbusiveParents Ricky's parents]]. His dad had drug problems and sexually abused him. His mom had drug and alcohol problems and is implied to be a prostitute. Needless to say, they lost custody of him a long time ago and both ended up in prison. Though [[spoiler: his dad got out briefly before getting busted for drugs again]] and [[spoiler: his mom gets out of jail in season three and they eventually mend their relationship]]. However, Ricky has [[ParentalSubstitute very loving and supportive foster parents]] and he considers them his "real" parents.
* ''{{Smallville}}'':

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* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': Gives us [[AbusiveParents Ricky's parents]]. His dad had drug problems and sexually abused him. His mom had drug and alcohol problems and is implied to be a prostitute. Needless to say, they lost custody of him a long time ago and both ended up in prison. Though [[spoiler: his dad got out briefly before getting busted for drugs again]] and [[spoiler: his mom gets out of jail in season three and they eventually mend their relationship]]. However, Ricky has [[ParentalSubstitute very loving and supportive foster parents]] and he considers them his "real" parents.
* ''{{Smallville}}'':''Series/{{Smallville}}'':



* ''StepByStep'': The reason why Frank Lambert is single and left to raise three children alone. Except for the series' pilot and scattered mentions in early first-season episodes, the Lambert children's mother/Frank's ex-wife is never heard from, leaving Carol (whom Frank marries in the pilot) to fill the void.

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* ''StepByStep'': ''Series/StepByStep'': The reason why Frank Lambert is single and left to raise three children alone. Except for the series' pilot and scattered mentions in early first-season episodes, the Lambert children's mother/Frank's ex-wife is never heard from, leaving Carol (whom Frank marries in the pilot) to fill the void.



* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London had a father who she never saw, any time she did see him he was hidden behind his bodyguards. He was always away on buisness so her lonliness led her to buy extravagent things every time he canceled time with her.

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* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London had a father who she never saw, any time she did see him he was hidden behind his bodyguards. He was always away on buisness so her lonliness led her to buy extravagent things every time he canceled time with her.
4th Oct '15 3:35:36 PM cosmo359
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* ''Series/NightAndDay'': Plenty to go around. Steph McKenzie left her son Josh Alexander in a church doorway as a baby; Danny Dexter abandoned son Dennis Doyle and his mum Roxanne when he was a baby; Django Doyle was so eaten up by his father Charlie's abandonment of him as a child that he arrived in town with the intention of killing him.

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* ''Series/NightAndDay'': Plenty to go around. Steph McKenzie [=McKenzie=] left her son Josh Alexander in a church doorway as a baby; Danny Dexter abandoned son Dennis Doyle and his mum Roxanne when he was a baby; Django Doyle was so eaten up by his father Charlie's abandonment of him as a child that he arrived in town with the intention of killing him.
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