What is this, Cabaret? Entertainment while you eat?
When a family gets together in a Sitcom
for a big family dinner, expect hilarity to ensue
. Sometimes this is treated as just normal craziness that happens when the family get together.
Not to be confused with At the Opera Tonight
- In Meet the Robinsons, the family dinner turns into a kung fu fight between Frani and her brothers, armed with spaghetti and meatballs, while the rest of the family cheers.
- In Ice Age, when Manny, Sid and Diego steal a melon from the dodos, the dodos fight back hysterically (and ineffectually) prompting Manny (played by Ray Romano, who's seen this trope played out many times before) to comment, "Wow, dinner and a show."
- The Thanksgiving movie Whats Cooking?. You get FOUR dinners and FOUR shows as four diverse families celebrate the holiday in Los Angeles.
- Four Holidays featured the protagonists being forced to suffer through four meals with four dysfunctional families they usually left the city to avoid over Christmas.
- A very uncomfortable example in Whale Music. Claire invites Dennis' friends, most of whom haven't seen him in years, and he has a meltdown, thinking Danny is speaking to him.
- The fight between Rex and Fly in Babe prompts Mr. Hogget to leave his dinner and try to split the dogs up.
- "There's a bomb in the lasagna!"
- Hey Arnold! had quite a few of these, too.
- Most notably the Thanksgiving episode where the phrase is uttered during Mr Simmons Thanksgiving dinner. When the girl known as Joy starts choking, Mr Simmons' "friend" Peter dryly states this as he sips some red wine.