Series / The War At Home

American sitcom that lasted two seasons on Fox, from 2005 to 2007. The premise is that Michael Rapaport plays father and husband David Gold and has to deal with the chaos that is his family.

One of the big gimmicks of the show was the constant Fourth Wall breaking and having a character go into a white void to confess something to the audience.

The family members were:
  • David: Father and husband, lazy, loud and obnoxious.
  • Vicky: Mother and wife, pretty much the Straight Woman.
  • Hillary: The oldest child and typical 17-year-old daughter who dates.
  • Larry: The middle child at 16, a rather geeky effeminate boy, who Dave thinks is gay, but is actually heterosexual.
  • Mike: The youngest child at 14; he is the snarker among the children.

Of note was the recurring character Kenny, Larry's best friend, who had a crush on Larry and came out in the second season.

This show provides examples of:

  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Hilary eventually discovers this about Kenny.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Hilary
  • Camp Straight: Larry, the middle son, alarms his Archie Bunker-like father with his non-macho behavior, such as participating in the school musical and dressing as a woman (although most of his schemes are attempts to get girls), and he suspects that he and his nerdy best friend, Kenny, are more than friends. Turns out Larry's straight... but Kenny ain't.
  • Coming-Out Story: Kenny
  • Deadpan Snarker: The whole family, though Dave does it the most.
  • Entendre Failure
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Larry has to decide between Kenny or the poem he took from Kenny that he said he made himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: It was revealed that the reason why Dave acts like a jerk is because his father badgered him.
  • Gay Aesop: About Kenny
  • Jerkass: Dave
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Again, Dave.
  • Last Het Romance: While Kenny was living with the Golds, his date Dylan stops by, which leads to hilarity, as Hilary discovers that it's her ex-boyfriend.
    Hillary:Wait wait wait, you mean my Dylan, is now your Dylan?
    David:Who knew Hilary? You're the Gaymaker. The last stop on the train to Gay-ville. Sprinkle on a little Hilary, and (waves hand)HELLO!
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Larry
  • Mistaken for Gay: Larry, by his own parents. At first it's just Dave who thinks Larry is gay while Vicky maintains that he's not. Then they see him kiss someone who they think is a boy but is actually a very tomboyish girl. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Nerd: Larry
  • Nice Guy: Larry
  • Only Sane Woman: Vicky.
  • Papa Wolf: Dave may be a jerkass, but he deeply loves his kids and will do anything to protect them.
    • Likewise he lets Kenny stay with them after he's thrown out of his home and later when a boy shows up to take Kenny on a date, Dave immediately tells him to take a hike because he thinks he's not good enough.
    Hillary: Welcome to the family.
  • The Talk: Kenny has a date, and since he is currently living with the Golds, he gets the Talk from David. It leads to this Breaking the Fourth Wall moment:
    (both David and Kenny at the same time):"This is the most uncomfortable conversation in my entire life."
  • Transparent Closet: Again, Kenny
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Dave.
  • White Void Room: All the main characters take a turn at talking to the audience in one of these.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Once again, Kenny. Subverted. His mother eventually knocks some sense into his father.

Did you know there was a character named Kenny in this?
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