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3rd Oct '13 10:41:24 AM ThisIsATestTai
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The basic distinction between the aforementioned BigScrewedUpFamily and the DysfunctionalFamily is the level of violence and drama. If your family has members offing one another (usually for power), HonorRelatedAbuse, [[IncestIsRelative incestuous relationships]], alcoholism (and not usually of the FunctionalAddict variety), AbusiveParents, and habitual drug use, you're dealing with the former. If your family has a son that experiments with pot during a VerySpecialEpisode (and only that once), or a LadyDrunk mom who is a FunctionalAddict and does not harm herself or her family via her drinking, or the family just argues frequently, you're dealing with the latter.

Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.

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The basic distinction between the aforementioned BigScrewedUpFamily and the DysfunctionalFamily is the level of violence and drama. If your family has members offing one another (usually for power), HonorRelatedAbuse, [[IncestIsRelative incestuous relationships]], alcoholism (and not usually of the FunctionalAddict variety), AbusiveParents, and habitual drug use, you're dealing with the former. If your family has a son that experiments with pot during a VerySpecialEpisode (and only that once), VerySpecialEpisode, or a LadyDrunk mom who is a FunctionalAddict and does not harm herself or her family via her drinking, or the family just argues frequently, you're dealing with the latter.

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Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.
tricky. Generally, the way to avoid the family crossing over into "too dysfunctional" territory, is to make it clear that they ''do'' love each other, in spite of their many flaws.
3rd Oct '13 10:37:43 AM ThisIsATestTai
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'''So, how dysfunctional is ''too'' dysfunctional?'''

The basic distinction between the aforementioned BigScrewedUpFamily and the DysfunctionalFamily is the level of violence and drama. If your family has members offing one another (usually for power), HonorRelatedAbuse, [[IncestIsRelative incestuous relationships]], alcoholism (and not usually of the FunctionalAddict variety), AbusiveParents, and habitual drug use, you're dealing with the former. If your family has a son that experiments with pot during a VerySpecialEpisode (and only that once), or a LadyDrunk mom who is a FunctionalAddict and does not harm herself or her family via her drinking, or the family just argues frequently, you're dealing with the latter.

Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.



Generally, people have neighbors, unless they really do live out in the middle of nowhere. So it stands to reason that your DomCom family will have neighbors, too. What about them? Are they CrankyNeighbors? Or nice neighbors you only ''wished'' you lived next to. Do they [[FeudingFamilies compete over who has the nicer lawn?]] Are they ObnoxiousInLaws? Are they just like your main family, or do they exist as a {{Foil}} (i.e. The Smiths are a DysfunctionalFamily and the Joneses are so perfect it hurts.) Is your neighbor a FunnyForeigner or a CloudCuckoolander? Or is someone going to fall for the GirlNextDoor? Endless plotlines can be derived from neighbors and houseguests.

'''So, how dysfunctional is ''too'' dysfunctional?'''

The basic distinction between the aforementioned BigScrewedUpFamily and the DysfunctionalFamily is the level of violence and drama. If your family has members offing one another (usually for power), HonorRelatedAbuse, [[IncestIsRelative incestuous relationships]], alcoholism (and not usually of the FunctionalAddict variety), AbusiveParents, and habitual drug use, you're dealing with the former. If your family has a son that experiments with pot during a VerySpecialEpisode (and only that once), or a LadyDrunk mom who is a FunctionalAddict and does not harm herself or her family via her drinking, or the family just argues frequently, you're dealing with the latter.

Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.

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Generally, people have neighbors, unless they really do live out in the middle of nowhere. So it stands to reason that your DomCom family will have neighbors, too. What about them? Are they CrankyNeighbors? Or nice neighbors you only ''wished'' you lived next to. Do they [[FeudingFamilies compete over who has the nicer lawn?]] Are they ObnoxiousInLaws? Are they just like your main family, or do they exist as a {{Foil}} (i.e. The Smiths are a DysfunctionalFamily and the Joneses are so perfect it hurts.) Is your neighbor a FunnyForeigner or a CloudCuckoolander? Or is someone going to fall for the GirlNextDoor? Endless plotlines can be derived from neighbors and houseguests. \n\n'''So, how dysfunctional is ''too'' dysfunctional?'''\n\nThe basic distinction between the aforementioned BigScrewedUpFamily and the DysfunctionalFamily is the level of violence and drama. If your family has members offing one another (usually for power), HonorRelatedAbuse, [[IncestIsRelative incestuous relationships]], alcoholism (and not usually of the FunctionalAddict variety), AbusiveParents, and habitual drug use, you're dealing with the former. If your family has a son that experiments with pot during a VerySpecialEpisode (and only that once), or a LadyDrunk mom who is a FunctionalAddict and does not harm herself or her family via her drinking, or the family just argues frequently, you're dealing with the latter. \n\nObviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky. \n
3rd Oct '13 9:32:41 AM ThisIsATestTai
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Therefore, for purposes of the DomCom, the best type of family, regardless of who or what composes it, is generally a QuirkyHousehold or a ''slightly'' DysfunctionalFamily. What's the difference? Well, the QuirkyHousehold is just that: quirky. (For example, a NuclearFamily of {{Otaku}} that's ''always'' in cosplay, but otherwise, a relatively normal, loving family. They have their day-to-day foibles, but nothing too "out there.") The DysfunctionalFamily, on the other hand, consists of characters that frequently come into conflict with one another (though not necessarily violently), offset with the occasional CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. It could be argued that (at least in TV-Trope-Land), all [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional families]] are [[QuirkyHousehold quirky households]] when PlayedForLaughs, but not all quirky households are dysfunctional families. It works because you can write plotlines easily; just think of the day-to-day foibles, conflicts, and bloopers that happen in your own life, or the lives of your own family members. Because of that relatability, the humor is easier to find.

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Therefore, for purposes of the DomCom, the best type of family, regardless of who or what composes it, is generally a QuirkyHousehold or a ''slightly'' DysfunctionalFamily. What's the difference? Well, the QuirkyHousehold is just that: quirky. (For example, a NuclearFamily of {{Otaku}} that's ''always'' in cosplay, but otherwise, a relatively normal, loving family. They have their day-to-day foibles, but nothing too "out there.") The DysfunctionalFamily, on the other hand, consists of characters that frequently come into conflict with one another (though not necessarily violently), offset with the occasional CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment. It could be argued that (at least in TV-Trope-Land), all [[DysfunctionalFamily dysfunctional families]] are [[QuirkyHousehold quirky households]] when PlayedForLaughs, but not all quirky households are dysfunctional families. It works because you can write plotlines easily; just think of the day-to-day foibles, conflicts, and bloopers that happen in your own life, or the lives of your own family members. Because of that relatability, the humor is easier to find.
5th Jan '13 1:33:09 PM SeptimusHeap
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That said, however, don't rush out and turn your DysfunctionalFamily UpToEleven by making them into a BigScrewedUpFamily. The BigScrewedUpFamily is ''not'' the same as the DysfunctionalFamily, at least not in TV-Trope-Land. The BigScrewedUpFamily tends to lose sympathy with the audience, because ''most'' people can't relate to it. Such families are common enough that they're not unheard of (unfortunately), but not as common as you might think. Further, if PlayedForLaughs, a lot of times you'll be delving into DeadBabyComedy, which does tend to put people off, even in this DarkerAndEdgier age. This too makes the show vapid and eventually unenjoyable. The BigScrewedUpFamily should be reserved for when it's PlayedForDrama.

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That said, however, don't rush out and turn your DysfunctionalFamily UpToEleven by making them into a BigScrewedUpFamily. The BigScrewedUpFamily is ''not'' the same as the DysfunctionalFamily, at least not in TV-Trope-Land. The BigScrewedUpFamily tends to lose sympathy with the audience, because ''most'' people can't relate to it. Such families are common enough that they're not unheard of (unfortunately), but not as common as you might think. Further, if PlayedForLaughs, a lot of times you'll be delving into DeadBabyComedy, BlackComedy, which does tend to put people off, even in this DarkerAndEdgier age. This too makes the show vapid and eventually unenjoyable. The BigScrewedUpFamily should be reserved for when it's PlayedForDrama.



Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or DeadBabyComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.

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Obviously, there is a time and a place for everything. If your show is leaning heavily towards the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it may be very appropriate to have a BigScrewedUpFamily. If your show is a DeconstructiveParody of a more typical TV DysfunctionalFamily, it may be appropriate to have that, too. On the other hand, if you wish to avoid PlayedForDrama and/or DeadBabyComedy, BlackComedy, it may be more appropriate to have a family that's just screwed up enough for a ScrewballComedy, but not violent or nasty. This can be very tricky.
6th Feb '12 4:36:29 PM Catbert
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First of all, what kind of family do you want? The standard DomCom family is, of course, the NuclearFamily with 2.4 children (usually a [[ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily a boy, a girl, and a baby of either sex)]] a stay-at-home mom, a BumblingDad, and [[TropeyTheWonderDog a dog.]]

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First of all, what kind of family do you want? The standard DomCom family is, of course, the NuclearFamily with 2.4 children (usually a [[ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily a boy, a girl, and a baby of either sex)]] a stay-at-home mom, a BumblingDad, and [[TropeyTheWonderDog [[TeamPet a dog.]]
23rd Sep '11 8:33:29 AM AmyJade
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First of all, what kind of family do you want? The standard DomCom family is, of course, the NuclearFamily with TwoPointFourChildren (usually a [[ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily a boy, a girl, and a baby of either sex)]] a stay-at-home mom, a BumblingDad, and [[TropeyTheWonderDog a dog.]]

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First of all, what kind of family do you want? The standard DomCom family is, of course, the NuclearFamily with TwoPointFourChildren 2.4 children (usually a [[ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily a boy, a girl, and a baby of either sex)]] a stay-at-home mom, a BumblingDad, and [[TropeyTheWonderDog a dog.]]
6th Sep '11 11:54:25 PM Camacan
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But, of course, families aren't always like that. Especially in this day and age of marriage, divorce, and remarriage, women working outside of the home, children born to parents in relationships but not legally married, etc. being commonplace. So, for example, you might have stepparents. Or a gay or lesbian couple with two point five kids and a dog. Or the BumblingDad may stay home with the kids while Mom goes out to earn the paycheck. You might have a newly-married couple that has no children yet, or a middle-aged couple whose kids have long since grown up and left the house. You might have a MotherOfAThousandYoung. You might have a MissingMom or a DisappearedDad. You might not have a family at all, but rather FriendsLikeFamily living in the same house or apartment. The children could be toddlers, or adolescents. Be creative!

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But, of course, families aren't always like that. Especially in this day and age of marriage, divorce, and remarriage, women working outside of the home, children born to parents in relationships but not legally married, etc. being commonplace. So, for example, you might have stepparents. Or a gay or lesbian couple with two point five kids and a dog. Or the BumblingDad may stay home with the kids while Mom goes out to earn the paycheck. You might have a newly-married couple that has no children yet, or a middle-aged couple whose kids have long since grown up and left the house. You might have a MotherOfAThousandYoung. You might have a MissingMom or a DisappearedDad. You might not have a family at all, but rather FriendsLikeFamily TrueCompanions living in the same house or apartment. The children could be toddlers, or adolescents. Be creative!
6th Sep '11 2:19:29 PM Gepetto887
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''What About Extended Family?''

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''What '''What About Extended Family?''
Family?'''
6th Sep '11 2:19:14 PM Gepetto887
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'''Step Three: Where Do They Live?

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'''Step Three: Where Do They Live?
Live?'''
6th Sep '11 2:19:00 PM Gepetto887
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* Step One: ***Meet The Family***

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* Step '''Step One: ***Meet Meet The Family***Family'''



* Step Two: ***What Kind of Family Is This?***

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* Step '''Step Two: ***What What Kind of Family Is This?***This?'''



'''Step Three: Where Do They Live?

As mentioned before, most DomCom families are white, middle-class Americans. They usually live in a BigFancyHouse (which usually follows StandardizedSitcomHousing construction a la [[TheSimpsons 742 Evergreen Terrace]]. It is almost always located in {{Suburbia}}. But there's no rule that says it ''has'' to. You might have a family of TrailerTrash living in a trailer park. You might have an urban family. You might have a family that lives on a FarsideIsland with BambooTechnology. Or a family that lives on the moon. You might have a family that is blatantly not of the {{Eagleland}} variety. They might live in StepfordSuburbia, or a CrapsaccharineWorld, particularly if it's a [[JadeColoredGlasses very cynical show.]]

Generally, people have neighbors, unless they really do live out in the middle of nowhere. So it stands to reason that your DomCom family will have neighbors, too. What about them? Are they CrankyNeighbors? Or nice neighbors you only ''wished'' you lived next to. Do they [[FeudingFamilies compete over who has the nicer lawn?]] Are they ObnoxiousInLaws? Are they just like your main family, or do they exist as a {{Foil}} (i.e. The Smiths are a DysfunctionalFamily and the Joneses are so perfect it hurts.) Is your neighbor a FunnyForeigner or a CloudCuckoolander? Or is someone going to fall for the GirlNextDoor? Endless plotlines can be derived from neighbors and houseguests.



* Step Three: '''Where Do They Live?'''

As mentioned before, most DomCom families are white, middle-class Americans. They usually live in a BigFancyHouse (which usually follows StandardizedSitcomHousing construction a la [[TheSimpsons 742 Evergreen Terrace]]. It is almost always located in {{Suburbia}}. But there's no rule that says it ''has'' to. You might have a family of TrailerTrash living in a trailer park. You might have an urban family. You might have a family that lives on a FarsideIsland with BambooTechnology. Or a family that lives on the moon. You might have a family that is blatantly not of the {{Eagleland}} variety. They might live in StepfordSuburbia, or a CrapsaccharineWorld, particularly if it's a [[JadeColoredGlasses very cynical show.]]

Generally, people have neighbors, unless they really do live out in the middle of nowhere. So it stands to reason that your DomCom family will have neighbors, too. What about them? Are they CrankyNeighbors? Or nice neighbors you only ''wished'' you lived next to. Do they [[FeudingFamilies compete over who has the nicer lawn?]] Are they ObnoxiousInLaws? Are they just like your main family, or do they exist as a {{Foil}} (i.e. The Smiths are a DysfunctionalFamily and the Joneses are so perfect it hurts.) Is your neighbor a FunnyForeigner or a CloudCuckoolander? Or is someone going to fall for the GirlNextDoor? Endless plotlines can be derived from neighbors and houseguests.

'''What About Extended Family?'''

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* Step Three: '''Where Do They Live?'''

As mentioned before, most DomCom families are white, middle-class Americans. They usually live in a BigFancyHouse (which usually follows StandardizedSitcomHousing construction a la [[TheSimpsons 742 Evergreen Terrace]]. It is almost always located in {{Suburbia}}. But there's no rule that says it ''has'' to. You might have a family of TrailerTrash living in a trailer park. You might have an urban family. You might have a family that lives on a FarsideIsland with BambooTechnology. Or a family that lives on the moon. You might have a family that is blatantly not of the {{Eagleland}} variety. They might live in StepfordSuburbia, or a CrapsaccharineWorld, particularly if it's a [[JadeColoredGlasses very cynical show.]]

Generally, people have neighbors, unless they really do live out in the middle of nowhere. So it stands to reason that your DomCom family will have neighbors, too. What about them? Are they CrankyNeighbors? Or nice neighbors you only ''wished'' you lived next to. Do they [[FeudingFamilies compete over who has the nicer lawn?]] Are they ObnoxiousInLaws? Are they just like your main family, or do they exist as a {{Foil}} (i.e. The Smiths are a DysfunctionalFamily and the Joneses are so perfect it hurts.) Is your neighbor a FunnyForeigner or a CloudCuckoolander? Or is someone going to fall for the GirlNextDoor? Endless plotlines can be derived from neighbors and houseguests.

'''What
''What About Extended Family?'''
Family?''



* Remember that a DomCom is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a ''domestic'' comedy.]] Meaning that most plotlines should
be close to home. There might be plotlines surrounding Bob at work, or [[PunnyName Pastor Offeran]] at church, or Annie and Billy at school. It's OK to have a VacationEpisode, but do they ''really'' have to go on one OnceAnEpisode?

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* Remember that a DomCom is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a ''domestic'' comedy.]] Meaning that most plotlines should
should be close to home. There might be plotlines surrounding Bob at work, or [[PunnyName Pastor Offeran]] at church, or Annie and Billy at school. It's OK to have a VacationEpisode, but do they ''really'' have to go on one OnceAnEpisode?
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