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->'''Roseanne:''' That is not funny! You're grounded until menopause!\\
'''Darlene:''' Yours or mine?\\
'''Roseanne:''' Your ''father's!''
-->-- ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore"

Grounding is a standard discipline technique. But a frustrated parent may blurt out that their child is punished for a ridiculous amount of time, either for something very minor or something very bad. A variant involves a teacher (usually a SadistTeacher) giving a student a severely extended detention, usually enough to go ''long'' after the kid has graduated.

A subtrope of YouAreGrounded often falling under DisproportionateRetribution and usually PlayedForLaughs. Almost always undone via SnapBack. Besides, it is unrealistic for a parent to maintain a punishment for such a length of time. An inversion would be grounding the child for a ridiculously short amount of time for a very serious offense.

Not to be mistaken with the show ''Series/GroundedForLife''.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Variation in one issue of the ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comic book, where Bart says that if he doesn't find the school puma by the next day, he'd be doing detention till he's 80.
* An episode of ''[[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis and Gnasher]]'' has Dennis's parents [[TemptingFate ask themselves]] how much trouble he could have got into in the ten minutes since the school holidays started, only for a long string of neighbors to come to the door to complain. With each one, Dennis's grounding is increased by a ''year'', until finally he's grounded forever.
* In ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'', Kamala is grounded forever after her parents find out that she snuck out to the party in the first issue. She is grounded even more forever in issue 5 when her midnight snack convinces her parents that she snuck out again. Grounding her is pointless anyway [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/SecretWars2015 since the world's about to end.]] ]]
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', Dr. Storm threatens Sue with this.
-->'''Dr. Storm:''' You're grounded 'till you're thirty!

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' Peter has been grounded for intervals of decades, centuries, or life. It never seems to stick of course.
* In the book ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s Big Book Of Super School Excuses'', one excuse for "Why I Can't Go Out With You" is "I'm grounded until college".
* In ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Oliver's dad [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=850620&comic=blm grounded him until his 45th birthday]] for having launched a shuttle chair to Washington D.C. and almost killing Cutter John and a tuba player.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars from Home]]'', Ruth and Charles have threatened Scott with this on separate occasions, both in FearLeadsToAnger situations.
-->'''Charles:''' If you ever do anything like that again...\\
'''Scott:''' Grounded for the rest of my natural life?\\
'''Charles:''' No, no. I'll have you resurrected and re-ground you.\\
'''Scott:''' Won't you be dead by then?\\
'''Charles:''' My brain will be put into a supercomputer.
* ''Fanfic/{{Syngenesophobia}} features a PlayedForDrama example; the first punishment the Loud Sisters receive for what they did to Lincoln is being grounded indefinitely.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', Franny does this to Wilbur:
-->'''Franny:''' Mister, you are grounded 'til you die!
* After a father/daughter argument near the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'', Grug threatens to keep Eep in the family cave "Until you're older than... y'know... ''[gestures to Gran]'' her!"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/NewMoon'':
-->'''Charlie Swan:''' Bella, do not ever do that to me again. Ever. And you're grounded for the rest of your life.
* ''Film/BasketCase3TheProgeny''
-->'''Sheriff:''' 'Cause you are grounded, little miss! You are grounded for the next ten years! And no more car, and no more allowance, and you can forget about that pony I promised you!
* The Creator/LindsayLohan remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' has her saying "We've been grounded 'til the end of the century." To be fair, the film was released in 1998, but still, two to three years is still a long time to be grounded. Then again, "end of the century" was most likely an exaggeration.
* In ''Film/EverAfter'', as punishment for his disobedience, the king tells Prince Henry that he'll "deny [him] the crown and... live forever!"
* In ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', Bender keeps goading Vernon to give him more Saturday detentions. By the end of it, Vernon states that he has Bender for "the rest of [his] natural born life" (it actually comes out to two months worth).

* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': After Lydia disgraces the family, Kitty protests that if she were to be allowed to go to Brighton, she would behave better. Her father is not convinced:
-->"''You'' go to Brighton! -- I would not trust you so near it as East-Bourne, for fifty pounds! No, Kitty, I have at last learnt to be cautious, and you will feel the effects of it. No officer is ever to enter my house again, nor even to pass through the village. Balls will be absolutely prohibited, unless you stand up with one of your sisters. And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner."\\
Kitty, who took all these threats in a serious light, began to cry.\\
"Well, well," said he, "do not make yourself unhappy. If you are a good girl for the next ten years, I will take you to a review at the end of them."
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': Adam gets grounded.
-->"When do you think they'll let you out, then?" asked Pepper.\\
"Not for years and years. Years and years and years. I'll be an old man by the time they let me out," said Adam.\\
"How about tomorrow?" asked Wensleydale.\\
Adam brightened. "Oh, tomorrow will be all right," he pronounced. "They'll have forgotten about it by then."
* In a non-comedic example, Boo Radley of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' as well as his real-life counterpart literally had this done to him by his abusive father, and ended up with an ([[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold undeserved]]) reputation as an AxCrazy recluse.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happened to Carmen a lot in ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. One notable occasion:
-->'''Angie:''' Grounded. You are never leaving this house.\\
'''Carmen:''' Dad!\\
'''George:''' Carmen, you are so grounded, coffee will look at you and say, "Damn!"
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': Played straight in the seventh-season episode "Cheers to Arnold." A friend of Arnold's steals from Mr. Drummond's liquor cabinet. When Arnold tries to explain, Mr. Drummond will have nothing of it and tells Arnold he's permanently grounded; of course by episode's end, things are cleared up and Arnold is pardoned.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'':
-->'''Mary:''' So I guess I'm grounded for life?\\
'''Annie:''' That's a given.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'':
-->'''Phillip Banks:''' You're grounded for 10 years.\\
'''Ashley Banks:''' What? But that's not fair.\\
'''Phillip Banks:''' Tell it to the judge... Oh yeah. That's me.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' episode "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore":
-->'''Roseanne:''' That is not funny! You're grounded until menopause!\\
'''Darlene:''' Yours or mine?\\
'''Roseanne:''' Your father's!
* Similarly (maybe inspired by the ''Roseanne'' episode), on ''Now and Again'', Heather's mother tell Heather that if Heather ever again has a boy over without telling her, Heather will be grounded till menopause.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.
** PlayedForLaughs: there was a significant gap in between the [[TheOtherDarrin two actresses]] playing Morgan, resulting the character being absent for about half a season. The new actress is introduced by coming downstairs and remarking, "That was the longest time-out I've ever had."
** When the gang is in college, this is inverted by Dean Bolander, who suspends Cory for one day (and puts him on probation) for striking a teacher instead of immediate expulsion like would normally happen. The justification for this is that it is obvious that the professor he struck is very sleazy, and made a pass at Topanga, which led to Cory striking him in the first place.
* Spencer from ''Series/ICarly'', after seeing Carly making out with [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Griffin]], grounds Carly ''[[UpToEleven "for till college"]]''. He also actually follows through on the punishment until he learns AnAesop, up to and including making Carly wear a horrible sweater, and disguising himself as a janitor at her school so he can catch Griffin when he visits Carly's school to make out with her.
* In ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'', Michael punishes Claire by grounding her (and forcing her to do all the chores in the house) until she gets him an apple from the apple tree in the backyard. Then he gives her a few apple seeds.
* There was a series called ''Series/GroundedForLife''.
* One episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' has an exchange along the following lines:
-->'''Howard:''' ... I shall now determine a punishment that is judicious, reasonable and fair.\\
'''Richie:''' "Grounded for life"?!
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': Lois grounds the boys on a regular basis in addition to all the other punishments she gives them when they misbehave. The one that takes the cake, however, is in the episode "Health Scare" when she grounds Malcolm and Reese for an entire week for [[DisproportionateRetribution tracking mud on the floor they had every intention of cleaning up]]. When they sneak out anyway, Lois then decides to ground them for the ''rest of the school year''!'' The only justification for any of this is that Lois and Hal were both distracted due to Hal potentially having a terminal illness, which turns out to not be the case by the episode's end.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': Doin' Time in 2330. After Zack and Cody deliberately skip out on their punishment to take part in London's web show (along with The Cheetah Girls, Chris Brown and Maddie), Carey snaps, to some degree.
-->'''Carey''': (getting angrier and angrier) Oh, that is it! You are beyond grounded. The next time you see sunlight--Oh, actually, no!--You're never going to see sunlight again. Because by the time your punishment is over, the sun will have burnt out, collapsed into a black hole, and the last remnants of mankind will be living on a rusty little spaceship as the cold silence of space will slowly drive them MAAAAAAD!
** The detention variant is used at the beginning of one episode of ''The Suite Life on Deck''. When Zack asks Moseby how long will he be there, Moseby tells him that it's permanent, or until Zack graduates, but since he never will it might as well be permanent.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' had this as Miley Stewart (portrayed by ''Creator/MileyCyrus'') and her brother who are fighting over the same bathroom in which her dad, Robby Ray, says this to his daughter who is recently grounded from using the bathroom with Jackson, delaying her girls night out plans with Lilly and Oliver.
* On ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', after Theo accidentally throws a WildTeenParty, Cliff first takes him to the Army recruiting center before being more lenient and making him serve food to the homeless...every day for 6 months.
* In ''Series/TheWonderYears'' episode "The Lake", after Paul's mom finds out he has a condom, Wayne says that Paul's been grounded for life. But knowing Wayne, he's most likely exaggerating.
* Subverted in ''Series/FamilyTies'', Mallory makes a mistake and her father says to her, "You're grounded until further notice." She looks at him like he's crazy, and says, "You can't ground me, I'm over 18!" Her father looks at her mother in stunned realization that she's right. "Darn, that worked so well when she was younger."
* In an episode of ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'', Sponge is given permission to use his computer in order to connect to a phone line (use of phones is usually prohibited at camp). When the others find out, they use it behind Sponge's back and let him face the bum rap when they rack up an absurdly large phone bill. Sponge later laments that he's grounded for the rest of the summer, and if he comes back to camp the following summer, he'll still be grounded, and if he ever has kids and they come to the camp, they'll be grounded as well.
* In the ''Series/LabRats'' episode "Memory Wipe", this is said verbatim by Davenport to the kids after he finds them spying on him. Leo's attempt to erase his memory of him giving the punishment goes wrong.
* ''Series/TheWorstYearOfMyLifeAgain'': This line is said when the main character decides to have a house party while his parents are out.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "License to Parent":
-->For scratching his father's brand new car, Robert Mark Sinclair was grounded for six to ten years. He is currently serving his sentence in his room.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Sapphire Lake kids' antics in ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' usually get Autumn grounded for eternity, though after a few days or weeks they usually open to negotiations.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', after Jane blows up trying to get the mail, her dad sics this on her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* A frequent subject of Website/GoAnimate videos. Prepare to be grounded for a ridiculous long time, which is usually chosen by mashing the number keys. Then again, sometimes they're told to ''sleep'' forever.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In one ''WebVideo/AmazingPhil'' vlog, he discusses the time he got caught smoking when he was eleven and was immediately grounded, and comments that he thinks he may ''still'' be technically grounded. So he calls up his mother to ask -- and she says, "Yes. ''Forever''."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow'', [[CloudCuckoolander Dad]] grounded Brak for 3 years.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Mr. and Mrs. Sanban grounds Mushi for life after she "kills" Kuki's Posh Party Rainbow Monkey in "Operation: C.L.U.E.S." When she brings it back to life as a monster, it's increased to [[LongerThanLifeSentence five life-time groundings]], though her boyfriend sneaks her out of the house before the end of the episode.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. In "Axed By Addition" Pete threatens to ground PJ forever if he fails his math test, a threat the latter takes very seriously and even [[PlayingSick plays sick]] in order to get in one last day of freedom. Once Pete finds out the truth, he yells at PJ for not guessing he was bluffing... and then says he's grounded forever for ''that,'' though he has a change of heart when he finds out that [[ShaggyDogStory PJ didn't even fail in the first place.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': Johnny's dad threatens to ground Johnny and his sisters forever. One of the sisters reminds him that he can't ground them past 18, [[VerbalBackspace so he says he'll ground them UNTIL 18]]. Johnny's dad did this quite frequently. In "Johnny Long Legs", he threatens to ground the kids [[LongerThanLifeSentence for two lives]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': After Arthur and D.W. ruin their father's souffle, [[HeroicBSOD he loses self-control]], and gives them a four-month ban on TV. His wife helps him to think rationally again.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'' ends with Manny admitting to his dad that he expects to be grounded until he's 30 for his actions. It appears as though his dad understands that Manny learned his lesson and will let him off the hook... until a SmashCut depicts 30-year-old Manny shackled up in his room. Thank goodness for NegativeContinuity.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'':
** In one episode, Otto and Twister go out into a hurricane to retrieve Twister's video camera. When Raymundo tracks down and rescues them, Ray grounds Otto forever, to which Otto replies, "That's cool."
** In a different episode, Ray declares that if his kids were caught sneaking out after dark, they would be grounded until they're his age. Subverted in the end when he only gives Otto three weeks of garbage duty.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' had this in the episode "(Sweet) Truck Ride"; after Blythe Baxter made her first attempt to rescue her Littlest Pet Shop friends from a runaway truck filled with sweets, Roger Baxter grounds her and takes away her cell phone. While Blythe is grounded, her Littlest Pet Shop friends recover her confiscated cell phone and continued to film a reaction of the same incident, with Roger Baxter in hot pursuit of the same runaway truck filled with sweets, resulting in a major death of his dummy pal (while getting a traffic ticket by a police officer). Roger later apologizes to Blythe, forgives her and joins her in his father/daughter race.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode ''Mommy Fearest'' had Emma Goodlady planning ground the Powerpuff Girls forever so she can commit more crimes. But the plan failed when the Professor found out that she is really Sedusa. And The Professor tells the girls to call the police and stated that the crook will never deceive them again.
-->'''Sedusa:''' HA! Never! (In her sweet tone) I will talk that sap with the professor, He will believe me! (In her evil tone) BUT YOU ALL BUGEYED CREEPS WILL ALL BE GROUNDED FOREVER! (Laughs evil)
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing'' ends with the Goblin King grounding Willow for 1,000 years. Of course, they're immortal, so it is most likely a normal length of time for such a punishment. As the Goblin King takes the evil magician with him for 1,000 years, the magic show was seriously canceled and definitely closed by the employees who operate the amusement park.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Jimmy received the detention variant twice. The first time was when he [[FreakyFriday switch bodies]] with Cindy, their attempts at destroying each others' lives include getting themselves 1,800 days of detention. The next comes from after Jimmy sent the teachers into another dimension. When they make a BigDamnHeroes return (ItsALongStory), Jimmy claims to have [[AnAesop learned his lesson]], but they still sic him with 900 days of detention.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'''s {{Fantasy Sequence}}s depicts [[SadistTeacher Mr. Bone]] making him [[WritingLines write lines]] until they're both old men.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episode "School of Destruction" had Rudy Tabootie's father Joe tell his son that he is grounded until college after finding out that he sneaked into the rock concert of the titular band.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** PlayedForLaughs in the episode "Fusion Cuisine", in another example of [[ParentalSubstitute the Gems]] forgetting [[WeAreAsMayflies some]] [[EatingOptional things]] about humans:
--->'''[[TheSmartGuy Pearl]]:''' [[TagalongKid Steven]], you are in very big trouble, and we have no choice but to punish you.\\
'''[[BadassInCharge Garnet]]:''' [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment No dinner for 1,000 years]]! \\
'''Steven:''' ''1,000?!''\\
'''Pearl:''' ''[looking at Garnet]'' We would never ''starve'' you! But you will lose your TV privileges. [[BaitAndSwitch For 1,000 years]].\\
'''Steven:''' ''[falls to knees]'' [[BigNo Nooooo!]]
** Later episodes that season show this punishment is still in effect, much to his dad's confusion. [[PetTheDog The Gems give it back in]] the following season's "Joy Ride", acknowledging that Steven's [[CerebusSyndrome been through a lot]] lately.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': When Honker is held responsible for an art theft that was actually committed by the villain of the week, his parents ground him in his room. His father makes a list of things Honker isn't allowed to have, including going out, having friends over, watching television, and [[DisproportionateRetribution sunlight, food, and water]]. His wife points out that those last few items are a bit excessive.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', when [[MadGod Loki]] and his AntiAntichrist son are falling down a bottomless pit after the latter defies Loki to save June, Loki grounds him for an eternity.
* One episode in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Timmy's dad threaten to ground him "for infinity" if his case of glass sculptures ever gets damaged.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Raid the Cave", Star is worried her parents will do this for her when she tells them that her spellbook was stolen by Ludo. While they're initially shocked, [[AvertedTrope it doesn't come to that]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'', Stacy goes to PictureDay thinking that she's dreaming and causes chaos because she believes that she won't face repercussions. The next day, she was evidently given detention for a very long time before her mother convinced the school board to shorten her sentence to 2 years.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the US Navy and Marine Corps, a FNAEB (Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board, pronounced "fee nab") exists to decide whether to inflict this on designated naval aviators. Reasons for grounding a pilot can be just plain old inadequate performance, such as too many wave offs during carrier landings, not catching the middle 3-wire enough (implying too many overshoots and undershoots during carrier landings) unsafe flying, even medical conditions. Once the FNAEB grounds you, you lose your aviator designation for good. Till this day, no one grounded by a FNAEB has ever regained pilot status. Not every pilot brought before a FNAEB gets grounded, but a pilot who is "forgiven" is normally told "Don't let us see you here again."
* Any naval aviator who voluntarily "turns in his/her wings" is considered to have permanently quit Naval Aviation for good, and is also grounded for life.
* On ''Website/SomethingAwful'' forums, one of the punishments a mods can dish out is putting a user on probation for ''100,000 hours'', or roughly 11 1/2 years. Usually subverted in that the probation is lifted early a few days later.