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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': David's mother and grandmother are absent from his wedding at the end of the original series. Dylan's mother also doesn't appear at his wedding in season 6, either.

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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': Done frequently. David's mother and grandmother are absent from his wedding at the end of the original series. Dylan's mother also doesn't appear at his wedding in season 6, either. The group's college graduation has this en masse; Brandon's parents, Valerie's mom, Steve's mom, and David's mother are absent.

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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': David's mother and grandmother are absent from his wedding at the end of the original series. Dylan's mother also doesn't appear at his wedding in season 6, either.
** In the sequel series, Annie and Dixon's dad and grandmother are absent from their graduation ceremony.


* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Gary never turned up for major family events at Southfork after Bobby's death in the Dream Season - and seldom did beforehand. His absence from said events was never explained. Similarly, on the spin-off ''Series/{{Knots Landing}}'', the Texas Ewings never showed up for the major events of Gary's life and none of them even appeared on the series after its fourth season.

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* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Gary never turned up for major family events at Southfork after Bobby's death in the Dream Season - and seldom did beforehand. His absence from said events was never explained. Similarly, on the spin-off ''Series/{{Knots Landing}}'', ''Series/KnotsLanding'', the Texas Ewings never showed up for the major events of Gary's life and none of them even appeared on the series after its fourth season.season.
* This also happened within ''Series/KnotsLanding'' itself:
** Between her departure in the Season Six episode "Calculated Risks" and her return in three episodes of Season Fourteen, Diana is seldom mentioned, even when Karen is talking about her experiences raising Eric and Michael. She is absent from numerous major events in her family's lives such as Eric being hospitalised after contracting arsenic poisoning in Season Seven, Karen being kidnapped in Season Eight (she does speak to Eric over the phone after Karen is rescued in "Slow Burn" but he seems desperate to get her off the phone before Karen arrives home) and Karen and Mack adopting Meg in Season Nine. Her return in Season Fourteen only served to highlight the odd situation as "The Way Things Were" was implied to be the first time that she had ever met Meg.
** Due to Steve Shaw's tragic death, Eric is never mentioned after the Season Thirteen episode "House of Cards" (which aired almost a year after he died). As such, Eric's absence from Karen and Mack's 15th anniversary party in ''Back to the Cul-de-Sac'' is not explained.



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* ''Series/{{Amen}}''. Neither Thelma's maternal grandfather nor Reuben's mother show up at their wedding. Quite glaring considering that Ernie, Thelma's father, reconciled with his former father-in-law (he cut his daughter off when she defied him to marry Ernie) and explicitly invited him to the wedding, and Reuben's mother had appeared in the previous episode and tried to take over the wedding planning.
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}'': Fourth sister Frankie moves to Japan for business, missing second sister Teddy's wedding. She's also not there when Teddy is shot and ends up in a coma.


* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Gary never turned up for major family events at Southfork after Bobby's death in the Dream Season and his absence from said events was never explained. Similarly, on the spin-off ''Series/{{Knots Landing}}'', the Texas Ewings never showed up for the major events of Gary's life and none of them even appeared on the series after its fourth season.

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* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Gary never turned up for major family events at Southfork after Bobby's death in the Dream Season - and his seldom did beforehand. His absence from said events was never explained. Similarly, on the spin-off ''Series/{{Knots Landing}}'', the Texas Ewings never showed up for the major events of Gary's life and none of them even appeared on the series after its fourth season.



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* On ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Gary never turned up for major family events at Southfork after Bobby's death in the Dream Season and his absence from said events was never explained. Similarly, on the spin-off ''Series/{{Knots Landing}}'', the Texas Ewings never showed up for the major events of Gary's life and none of them even appeared on the series after its fourth season.

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* When Dr. Mark Greene died on ''Series/{{ER}}"", a number of former actors from the show turned up for his funeral, including Dr. Benton and Dr. Finch. Notably absent were arguably his two closest friends, Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway.

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** Many seasons later, brother and sister Sav and his younger sister Alli attended school together, but Sav wasn't seen after he [[GraduateFromTheStory graduated]], even in situations when it would've made logical sense.

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** In addition, none of Blanche's family members showed up for Dorothy's wedding, even though she was marrying Blanche's Uncle Lucas.



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* When Mr. Drummond got remarried on ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', his sister Sophia and former housekeepers Mrs. Garrett and Adelaide returned for the wedding.


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* Neither of Dorothy's children (Michael and Kate) or her sister Gloria appeared at her wedding on the final episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. They also didn't show up when she and her ex-husband Stan tried to remarry in season 6.

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** This one is actually on her actress Susan Tully, who retired in 1999 to focus on directing, and has turned down several offers for a guest spot. The show does at least give a throwaway line about a character not attending family weddings and funerals if necessary. For instance, in 2014 mentioning that Michelle's own daughter Vicki wouldn't be able to get travel from Australia to attend Sharon's wedding.


* ''CoronationStreet'' has had a few instances of family members coming back. Steve [=McDonald's=] brother Andy reappeared for Steve's wedding to Karen, and Ashley Peacock's mum has made it to most family occasions.

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* ''CoronationStreet'' ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has had a few instances of family members coming back. Steve [=McDonald's=] brother Andy reappeared for Steve's wedding to Karen, and Ashley Peacock's mum has made it to most family occasions.



* ''EastEnders'' has also had a few instances, such as Peggy Mitchell returning for daughter Sam's wedding to Andy, and Pegg's sister "Aunt Sal" usually appears at all Mitchell family occasions.

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* ''EastEnders'' ''Series/EastEnders'' has also had a few instances, such as Peggy Mitchell returning for daughter Sam's wedding to Andy, and Pegg's sister "Aunt Sal" usually appears at all Mitchell family occasions.



* In the GrandFinale of ''ThirdWatch'', Carlos Nieto and Holly Levine get married. Their former co-workers Jimmy Doherty and Kim Zambrano return for the wedding - both are seen congratulating the happy couple. Neither has any lines, but they're there.
* ''{{Neighbours}}'' seems to try to avert this where possible. The Rebecchi family reappear for most major family events, like weddings, funerals, shootings, etc. However some characters have disappeared, never to be seen again, even if a return is often threatened (Billy Kennedy being one of the best examples).

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* In the GrandFinale of ''ThirdWatch'', ''Series/ThirdWatch'', Carlos Nieto and Holly Levine get married. Their former co-workers Jimmy Doherty and Kim Zambrano return for the wedding - both are seen congratulating the happy couple. Neither has any lines, but they're there.
* ''{{Neighbours}}'' ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' seems to try to avert this where possible. The Rebecchi family reappear for most major family events, like weddings, funerals, shootings, etc. However some characters have disappeared, never to be seen again, even if a return is often threatened (Billy Kennedy being one of the best examples).



* Michelle Fowler, of ''EastEnders'', is a particularly extreme example. After leaving the soap, she failed to return for her father's funeral, her brother's wedding, her other brother's wedding, the first brother's funeral, her mother's wedding and her mother's funeral. That her mother Pauline kept going on about her "fammm-lee" made this more notable.

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* Michelle Fowler, of ''EastEnders'', ''Series/EastEnders'', is a particularly extreme example. After leaving the soap, she failed to return for her father's funeral, her brother's wedding, her other brother's wedding, the first brother's funeral, her mother's wedding and her mother's funeral. That her mother Pauline kept going on about her "fammm-lee" made this more notable.



* On ''Series/{{OneTreeHill}}'', Haley is said to have three sisters and three brothers. Early in the series, Lucas' mom says Haley hangs out at Lucas' house because he is an only child and she likes the quietness of his house versus the constant noise of her own packed home. When Haley graduates her parents buy an RV saying she was the last to move out and they now want to travel to see the other kids. The brothers are never named on screen during the series' nine year run and don't even show up for their mother's on funeral in season 7 without any mention of why they wouldn't come to such a momentous event, for which the ever-fighting sisters are able to temporarily put aside their conflict.

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* On ''Series/{{OneTreeHill}}'', ''Series/OneTreeHill'', Haley is said to have three sisters and three brothers. Early in the series, Lucas' mom says Haley hangs out at Lucas' house because he is an only child and she likes the quietness of his house versus the constant noise of her own packed home. When Haley graduates her parents buy an RV saying she was the last to move out and they now want to travel to see the other kids. The brothers are never named on screen during the series' nine year run and don't even show up for their mother's on funeral in season 7 without any mention of why they wouldn't come to such a momentous event, for which the ever-fighting sisters are able to temporarily put aside their conflict.


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* On ''Series/{{OneTreeHill}}'', Haley is said to have three sisters and three brothers. The brothers are never named on screen during the series' nine year run and don't even show up for their mother's on funeral in season 7 without any mention of why they wouldn't come to such a momentous event, for which the ever-fighting sisters are able to temporarily put aside their conflict.

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* On ''Series/{{OneTreeHill}}'', Haley is said to have three sisters and three brothers. Early in the series, Lucas' mom says Haley hangs out at Lucas' house because he is an only child and she likes the quietness of his house versus the constant noise of her own packed home. When Haley graduates her parents buy an RV saying she was the last to move out and they now want to travel to see the other kids. The brothers are never named on screen during the series' nine year run and don't even show up for their mother's on funeral in season 7 without any mention of why they wouldn't come to such a momentous event, for which the ever-fighting sisters are able to temporarily put aside their conflict.


* Michelle Fowler, of ''EastEnders'', is a particularly extreme example. After leaving the soap, she failed to return for her father's funeral, her brother's wedding, her other brother's wedding, the first brother's funeral, her mother's wedding and her mother's funeral. That her mother Pauline kept going on about her "fammm-lee" made this more notable.

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* Michelle Fowler, of ''EastEnders'', is a particularly extreme example. After leaving On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', Ronn Moss left the soap, she failed to return show after a much-publicized contract dispute, meaning that his character Ridge wasn't around for her father's funeral, her brother's wedding, her other brother's wedding, the first brother's funeral, her mother's wedding death and her mother's funeral. That her funeral of his beloved mother Pauline kept going on about her "fammm-lee" made this more notable.Stephanie.



* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Rosamund, Lord Grantham's nosy sister, misses the weddings of his daughters Mary and Edith because the actress who plays her was busy.
* Michelle Fowler, of ''EastEnders'', is a particularly extreme example. After leaving the soap, she failed to return for her father's funeral, her brother's wedding, her other brother's wedding, the first brother's funeral, her mother's wedding and her mother's funeral. That her mother Pauline kept going on about her "fammm-lee" made this more notable.



* The parents on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' rarely showed up but when the gang graduated, went to college, got married, etc. they were never around.



*On ''Series/{{OneTreeHill}}'', Haley is said to have three sisters and three brothers. The brothers are never named on screen during the series' nine year run and don't even show up for their mother's on funeral in season 7 without any mention of why they wouldn't come to such a momentous event, for which the ever-fighting sisters are able to temporarily put aside their conflict.



* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Rosamund, Lord Grantham's nosy sister, misses the weddings of his daughters Mary and Edith because the actress who plays her was busy.

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* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Rosamund, Lord Grantham's nosy sister, misses The parents on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' rarely showed up but when the weddings of his daughters Mary and Edith because the actress who plays her was busy.gang graduated, went to college, got married, etc. they were never around.



* On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', Ronn Moss left the show after a much-publicized contract dispute, meaning that his character Ridge wasn't around for the death and funeral of his beloved mother Stephanie.

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* On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', Ronn Moss left the show after a much-publicized contract dispute, meaning that his character Ridge wasn't around for the death and funeral of his beloved mother Stephanie.

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