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
- Coming-Out Story: Kenny
- Deadpan Snarker: The whole family, though Dave does it the most.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Lampshaded at the beginning of "Cheers":
Dave: When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was sneak into "R" rated movies. In my mind, "R" stood for "really good." Nowadays, there's warnings and ratings on everyhing; video games, music, booze, cigarettes. You think these warnings would keep kids away from all these things. When, actually, it's sending up a flare saying, "Hey, look. Good stuff over here."
Disclaimer appears on screen: "Due to the mature subject matter, the following episode may not be suitable for all family members.
Dave: (Glances down at disclaimer) See? Makes you wanna watch even more, doesn't it?
- 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.
- 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?