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Family Sitcom, characterized by notoriously bad parents. Despite this fact, their three kids are actually (relatively) well-adjusted.Set in Chicago, Bill and Judy Miller have never really given up their high-school antics, despite having three children to raise: brainy Brian, spoiled Lauren, and strange little Tina. Judy's unlucky-in-love sister Linda often pops in to trade barbs with Bill. The end of episodes usually deal with a role reversal by having the kids teach a lesson to the adults.Has nothing to do with the Glurge-filledStrawman Political autobiography penned by a Miss USA contestant, or the Elton John song "I'm Still Standing".
In one, Judy mentioned how Bill once wanted to build a treetop casino because it wouldn't be subject to "the laws of the ground."
In another, Bill wanted to share a beer with Brian to recreate a memorable father-son bonding he had done with his father before Brian leaves to study abroad in Italy. When teenaged Brian asks if that's illegal, Bill tells him airports are like International Waters and immune from local law. This one is averted though, as he readily admits he's lying, he just wanted Brian to shut up.
Brother-Sister Incest: Well sister-sister incest actually-In one episode, Judy thinks she got groped by her mother-in-law's boyfriend while he was hugging her, so she tries to recreate the moment with her sister Linda(I.E. hugging her and grabbing her ass) and both of them seem to enjoy it(Judy even makes a coment about Linda having tight glutes).Linda lampshades this later on when Judy wears tight pants in order to try and see if the boyfriend will try to grab her ass again.
Judy: Now keep your eyes on my butt all night long.
Linda: Is it possible that we're too close?
The Cast Show Off: One episode had Lauren sing a jazz solo in a dream sequence. Her actress, Renee Olstead, is an accomplished jazz vocalist.
The Eighties: Bill and Judy still wish it was the eighties, when they ruled their high school.
The Friend Nobody Likes: Fitz' wife, Marion. There was an entire episode dedicated to this, with such friends being deemed "The Marion."
Bill and Judy themselves have been this several times.
Funny Background Event: When Judy is plotting a scheme to get the The Who tickets from their friends, you can see Tina walking into the kitchen, picking up a large cutting knife, then walking off. And then Lauren runs in looking scared.
Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: When a lesbian couple move in next door, Bill fantasizes about them and thinks a plant holder in their living room is a sex apparatus.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: You can bet Brian, Lauren, and Tina will have some...interesting stories of the constant taunting and belittling from their parents.
But they tend to mean well and really love their kids. Their failures in parenting are usually just fleeting jokes. The last episode is kind of an easy one to use as evidence, with Judy and Bill breaking down over Brian leaving for college, but it's only one a bunch of moments where it's easy to root for (at least Judy) them for showing just how much they love their kids.
It's hinted that Bill had one, in one episode he mentons that his father made him fight a dog to settle a bet.
It's Been Done: Perry writes a song that happens to have the same tune as KISS's "Rock and Roll All Nite".
Incest Subtext: Played with in one episode-Brian starts spending more time with Linda and they do things together like see musicals, go out to dinner and even go on a carriage ride, then Lauren tells her that Brian and her are basically dating since Brian started going places with Linda after his girlfriend dumped him, so Brian is essentially looking at her as his replacement girlfriend. Linda naturally gets squicked out by this and tells Brian that they should stop seeing each other because of the "akwardness" Brian is also sickened at the thought of it. Then at the end, Brian tries to sneak out of the house with Lauren to go see a musical and Linda catches him, Brian then realizes he's doing the same thing with Lauren that he did with Linda and gets squicked out again.
Line-of-Sight Name: Subverted. Brian claims he's holding a condom in his wallet for a friend named Dorian. The parents ground him, thinking he made up the name while staring at the front door. Turns out he actually has a friend named Dorian.
Manly Gay: Scotty, Fitz's son, qualifies as he's a Big Man on Campus jock character who hits on Brian and even asks him out when they work on a float for the parade together, which leads to -
Mistaken for Gay: Brian. Most of the speculation is due to him be much more soft spoken and intellectual than his family.
Not to mention he reads Vogue, twirls a baton in band, likes musical theatre and even served as a male cheerleader at one point. The latter, however, was Brian's way of interacting with girls he wants, but could never get otherwise. Despite all of this, it has been made perfectly clear that he is straight.
Not What It Looks Like: In one episode, after Bill takes Brian to a strip club for his 18th birthday, the family starts getting worried because Brian keeps going all the time, quitting his tutoring job with the school and even the sleaze-bag strip club owner says he doesn't like what Brian's doing with the girls. When they storm the back room to confront him and see him... tutoring the girls to get their GED's. Then the truth is revealed (the girls paid better than the school, sleaze-bag doesn't want the girls to leave, etc.)
One of the Kids: Bill and Judy. Made even worse due to the fact they have three children.
Bill being caught doing something dangerous and/or stupid, only for Judy to be caught doing something even worse than what Bill did.
Scenery Censor: From "Still Hangin' Out" (Season 2, Episode 20): The lamp when Judy is naked and rubbing lotion on herself while Matthew Halverson (son of neighbors Ted and Kathy) is watching by jumping on the trampoline that she and Bill had mistakenly positioned under the window.note The plot of the episode is that Bill and Judy were competing with Ted and Kathy over whose house was the coolest place at which the neighborhood kids could hang out. The trampoline was one of Bill and Judy's ideas.
The Unfavorite: While Bill and Judy aren't good parents themselves to their three children, they relate the Brian the least, even announcing that they won't know who he is if he fails at something. One time, they even stole money from him.
Volleying Insults: This is pretty much the entirety of Bill and Linda's interaction with each other.