Trivia: My Family

  • Actor Allusion:
    • One episode centres around Susan being stuck in a foreign airport because her flight is cancelled, and meeting a mysterious traveller known as "The Doctor", played by John Barrowman.
    • In one episode, Nick gets a Madam Hooch trading card, which is a role of Zoe Wanamaker's.
    • In the 2009 Christmas special, Michael (played by Gabriel Thomson) tells Kenzo how to pronounce the angel Gabriel's name.
  • Banned Episode: Although the BBC haven't officially released a statement about it, it's unlikely that the episode "Mary Christmas" will ever be rebroadcast thanks to guest star Rolf Harris being convicted for child sex offences in 2014.
  • Dawson Casting: In the first series, 18-year-old Nick was played by 27-year-old Kris Marshall; and 15-year-old Janey by 21-year-old Daniela Denby-Ashe. Marshall has stated in interviews that the fact that he is much older than Nick made it harder to play the character.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Nick's actor now portrays a soon-to-be stepfather in BT's broadband service adverts.
    • People who live outside of the UK may recognise Susan as a certain professor in a magical school.
    • Guest stars have included Giles as Ben's cousin Richard, Captain Jack Harkness as a mysterious stranger Susan meets in an airport, and Duckface as a fortune teller Ben visits.
    • Jez (Robert Webb) appears as an Estonian man on the London Underground.
    • POWER TO THE PEOPLE, CITIZEN HARPER!
    • The hotelier in episode 1.04 is Stan from Dinnerladies, and Ben's darts team member Martin in the last ever episode (in DVD order) is Tony.
    • Captain Hollister is Susan's obnoxious American boss in Series 2's "The Last Supper".
    • Tracy Beaker is one of the trick-or-treaters who terrorise the Harpers in Series 4's "Friday The 31st".
    • Mike "The Cool Person" appears in Series 2 as a Mr Hilliard (a prospective dental assistant dressed as Hitler), and in Series 4 as Rod Baxter (an angry holidaymaker in a Spanish hotel).
    • In the Series 8 episode "Let's Not Be Heisty"; Ben is held hostage at the bank by Sharon Theodopalopadous, while the Doctor's Daughter is the police family liaison officer sent to comfort Michael.
  • Missing Episode:
    • The episode "Blind Justice", in which Susan is temporarily blinded from shock after catching Michael in bed with a girlfriend, is no longer broadcast because it is considered offensive to blind people. It's still available on the Series Six DVD.
    • The two episodes from the 2010 series which the BBC didn't broadcast until the next series (see Screwed By The Network, below), although they were present on the DVD.
    • The first episode of series 5 was not present on the DVD, presumably because it was largely a clip show, although there were some new scenes.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker have repeatedly said that they are fed up with the poor quality of the show's writing and that whichever series was being filmed at the time would be their last series, until they finally called it quits after series 11; this trope is almost certainly the reason why they kept coming back.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Comedian Kevin Bishop has a recurring role in Series 2 as Janey's boyfriend Stupid Brian.
    • The jury in the Series 4 episode "Blind Justice" includes Doris/Old Nan, and Jerwayne
    • In Series 4's "Canary Cage", one of the Spanish policemen is Syrio Forel.
    • Vanessa, the poetry student who becomes obsessed with Ben, in Series 4's "Owed To Susan" is Madame Kovarian.
    • Roy, one of the attendees at the parenting class in Series 4's "Loco Parentis" is Barry and Shrek.
  • Screwed by the Network: The 2010 series ended early, with the last two episodes never shown, for no reason and with no indication of when they'll be shown.
    • One was shown as the opener for the 2011 series, with the other airing later in the run.
    • The 2011 run has suffered from this; it missed a week due to tennis and the order of the episodes has been moved about consequently. The result is that the final episode was originally meant to be shown second and aired half an hour earlier (with the prime slot given over to the new series of Outnumbered).
  • The Other Darrin: Susan's mother and Ben's cousin Richard have both had changes of actor throughout the show's run.
  • You Look Familiar: As mentioned above, Chris Ryan appears in Series 2 and 4 as separate characters.