History Series / MyFamily

11th Dec '15 2:34:25 AM DrImpossible
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The plot is centered around the (of course) [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional]] Harper clan. Ben, the Dad, is an [[JadedWashout Al Bundy-esque]] dentist (only less of a intentional jerk, more of a man of many misunderstandings). His wife is the put-upon ''ControlFreak'' tour guide Susan. They love each other but express their love through sarcasm most of the time. Their kids are:

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The plot is centered around the (of course) [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional]] Harper clan. Ben, the Dad, is an [[JadedWashout Al Bundy-esque]] dentist (only less of a intentional jerk, more of a man of many misunderstandings). His wife is the put-upon ''ControlFreak'' tour guide Susan. They love each other but express their love through sarcasm most of the time. Their kids are:
2nd Oct '15 6:22:15 PM Berrenta
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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Nick. In almost every episode. Abi appeared to go through several jobs as well.
25th Sep '15 3:59:08 PM HowlingSnail
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: During the episode set in 2039, Susan mentions several times that the reason she looks so youthful is down to moisturiser- before turning to the camera and winking, indicating that she's had plastic surgery. The basic implications are obvious to everyone, but the hidden joke will only be apparent to [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] fans: Zoe Wanamaker played the infamous surgery-addicted Lady Cassandra, who had the well-remembered [[CatchPhrase catch phrase]], "moisturise me".

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: During the episode set in 2039, Susan mentions several times that the reason she looks so youthful is down to moisturiser- before turning to the camera and winking, indicating that she's had plastic surgery. The basic implications are obvious to everyone, but the hidden joke will only be apparent to [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Who]] fans: Zoe Zoë Wanamaker played the infamous surgery-addicted Lady Cassandra, who had the well-remembered [[CatchPhrase catch phrase]], "moisturise me".



* OlderThanTheyLook: Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker are sixty years old as of the latest series, and Wanamaker in particular appears to be getting younger with each series.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Robert Lindsay and Zoe Zoë Wanamaker are sixty years old as of the latest series, and Wanamaker in particular appears to be getting younger with each series.
1st Aug '15 11:43:08 AM FezJez
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* BannedEpisode: Although the BBC haven't officially released a statement about it, it's unlikely that the episode "Mary Christmas" will ever be rebroadcast thanks to guest star Rolf Harris being convicted for child sex offences in 2014.
1st Aug '15 11:41:30 AM FezJez
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* ActorAllusion:
** One episode centres around Susan being stuck in a foreign airport because her flight is cancelled, and meeting a mysterious traveller known as [[Series/DoctorWho "The Doctor"]], played by John Barrowman.
** In one episode, Nick gets a [[Film/HarryPotter Madam Hooch]] trading card, which is a role of Zoe Wanamaker's.
** In the 2009 Christmas special, Michael (played by Gabriel Thomson) tells Kenzo how to pronounce the angel Gabriel's name.



* AsHimself: Ainsley Harriott and Rolf Harris in the 2010 Christmas Special "Mary Christmas" when the Harpers and neighbour Mr Casey hire them in an attempt to outdo each other's New Year's Eve parties.
** Also, the 2005 UsefulNotes/ComicRelief short, which guest stars: [[Series/TopOfThePops Jamie Theakston]], [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Anthony Head]], TV presenter Myleene Klass, historian Adam Hart Davis, athlete Nell McAndrew, newsreader Dermot Murnaghan, and [[Series/RipperStreet Clive Russell]] as themselves.



* BannedEpisode: Although the BBC haven't officially released a statement about it, it's unlikely that the episode "Mary Christmas" will ever be rebroadcast thanks to guest star Rolf Harris being convicted for child sex offences in 2014.



* CelebrityParadox: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Anthony Head]] appears in the Series 4 episode "May The Best Man Win" as Ben's cousin Richard, and later guest stars AsHimself in the 2005 UsefulNotes/ComicRelief short.



* DawsonCasting: In the first series, 18-year-old Nick was played by 27-year-old Kris Marshall; and 15-year-old Janey by 21-year-old Daniela Denby-Ashe. Marshall has stated in interviews that the fact that he is much older than Nick made it harder to play the character.



** Abi and Roer:

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** Abi and Roer:Roger:



* MissingEpisode:
** The episode "Blind Justice", in which Susan is temporarily blinded from shock after catching Michael in bed with a girlfriend, is no longer broadcast because it is considered offensive to blind people. It's still available on the Series Six DVD.
** The two episodes from the 2010 series which the BBC didn't broadcast until the next series (see Screwed By The Network, below), although they were present on the DVD.
** The first episode of series 5 was not present on the DVD, presumably because it was largely a clip show, although there were some new scenes.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The 2010 series ended early, with the last two episodes never shown, for no reason and with no indication of when they'll be shown.
** One was shown as the opener for the 2011 series, with the other airing later in the run.
** The 2011 run has suffered from this; it missed a week due to tennis and the order of the episodes has been moved about consequently. The result is that the final episode was originally meant to be shown second and aired half an hour earlier (with the prime slot given over to the new series of ''{{Outnumbered}}'').



* TheOtherDarrin: Susan's mother and Ben's cousin Richard have both had changes of actor throughout the show's run
4th Jan '15 6:35:02 AM TheUnsquished
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A British DomCom made by TheBBC. It feels somewhat more like an American series than most other {{Brit Com}}s, because it was created by an American, Fred "''Series/CarolineInTheCity''" Barron, and was produced by the more American styled "team of writers" format (British {{sitcom}}s usually only have one or two writers).

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A British DomCom made by TheBBC.Creator/TheBBC. It feels somewhat more like an American series than most other {{Brit Com}}s, because it was created by an American, Fred "''Series/CarolineInTheCity''" Barron, and was produced by the more American styled "team of writers" format (British {{sitcom}}s usually only have one or two writers).
16th Feb '14 11:16:21 AM samitv
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*LivingInAFurnitureStore: Averted: Janey's room, at least in ''Death Takes a Policy'' is as messy as a teenager's room should be.
15th Feb '14 6:58:07 PM samitv
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*DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A scene in the pilot where Ben finds out Susan went to another dentist for a filling is treated as though she had an affair.
-->'''Susan''': It didn't mean anything\\
'''Ben''': It didn't ''mean'' anything?!... What was he like?.\\
3rd Jan '14 7:22:38 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In the first episode of the show, Ben's assistant Brigitte criticises him for not making the time to treat his own wife and children, comparing him to the story of "The [[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes cobbler's children who had no food]]." Ben corrects her, and she replies that "That makes no sense, their dad was a cobbler."
30th Dec '13 11:53:33 AM Charsi
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* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Ben is insulted when nobody hits on him in the gay bar.
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