* AngstWhatAngst: Despite all the traumatic situation the Suttons go through, they somehow remain sane and normal. This is what makes them a BadassFamily.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Charles. Originally just a boyfriend of TheChick, becomes an AscendedExtra and prominent to the main storyline.
* GrowingTheBeard: As the kids age and become more important to the show's story lines, the quality of episodes noticeably increases.