Times, they are a-changing. Gone are the picture-perfect families who graced your television in the 80s and 90s, free of any problems that plague real clans. Now, Hollywood parents are way more realistic, reminding you that it's OK if you didn't conquer potty training in one day or if you lost your temper at the grocery store. Hey, if it's happened to these scripted parents, it can happen to you.
Modern Family: The Dunphys. You have to hand it to the writers over at this Emmy-winning show: They've managed to capture all the good bits of a family and mix them in with the real stuff. Hectic messes, college essays, science projects; it probably sounds a lot like your own perpetually running late family, right? The Dunphys prove that your fam doesn't have to be hang-on-the-wall perfection in order to still work.
Juno: Juno and Mac MacGuff. When Juno announces that she's become pregnant as a teen, her dad Mac has an everyman reaction. Anger, sadness and finally offering support, it's Mac who's the man in her life during the entire ordeal. Even if he doesn't approve, he does the real-life parent thing and sticks around to help, no matter what. It's a lesson that no matter what, good parents stick with their kids through thick and thin ... and then ground them for life after it's over.
Roseanne: Roseanne Conner. While it definitely wasn't the most wholesome show on TV at the time, Roseanne made an impression by being completely relatable. Roseanne Conner wasn't the Stepford Wife, which audiences found refreshing and repulsive all at once. But this plaid-wearing matriarch yelled at her kids, her house was usually a mess and she fought with her husband, but at their core the Conners were fiercely loyal to one another. So what if your family doesn't really look like that Christmas card you sent out?
The Incredibles: Helen Parr. Want to see a really realistic family? Check out the Parrs in The Incredibles. Sure, they have superpowers, but that doesn't mean Helen does have to break up the typical weeknight dinner squabble. It proves that in the end, whether you have super-strength or not, parenting and marriage can be the hardest and most rewarding job of all.
Arrested Development: Michael and George Michael Bluth. While Michael Bluth can definitely be a clueless parent from time to time, it doesn't hide the fact that he wants what's best for his son. He'll do just about anything to protect his relationship with George Michael, even if it means living in a model home with his entire crazy family. And really, who doesn't have a few nuts in their extended clan? The trick is teaching your kids about the importance of those bonds, even if Uncle Tobias is a Blue Man Group-ie.
The Family Stone: Sybil Stone. As far as Hollywood parents go, Sybil Stone is the ultimate matriarch. Her children are each so different, yet she respects and nurtures those differences regardless. And while she has her shortcomings (she's exceptionally judgmental) Sybil's parenting style is an inspiration to parents who want to foster individuality in their own fams.
Gilmore Girls: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Lorelai and Rory are BFFs, which can make their mother-daughter relationship complicated every now and again. They both dish about romances, but when it comes time for discipline, Lorelai struggles with her authoritarian role. Hey, no parent is perfect! It ignites the age-old debate of whether better to be your child's friend or parent. In the end, it probably just matters that you're there.
Little Miss Sunshine: Sheryl Hoover. In Little Miss Sunshine, Sheryl Hoover is driving her family to get her awkward daughter Olive to a beauty pageant. Hopping in their VW bus, the family travels cross-country, not letting anything (a broken horn, a deceased grandfather, a teenage crisis) get in their way. A mom that would do just about anything for her kids? That might sound familiar.
The Middle: Frankie Heck. Parenting can be draining, especially when you've sacrificed your entire life to your kids. At least, that's how Frankie Heck feels. She has three awesome kids, but occasionally feels stuck in her role as completely selfless parent. And really, what mom hasn't had a "what if" moment? But, like most real-life moms, Frankie picks up, dusts off and goes back to taking care of her kids.
Dan in Real Life: Dan and his Daughters. When Dan is left a widower with three small daughters, he has to learn the ropes of being both a mom and a dad. And guess what? Not every moment is touching enough to require soft background music. There's a lot of misunderstanding, arguing and empty threats, just like any normal family. But despite the slammed doors and the sulky teenage attitudes, Dan proves that parenting is kind of a learn-as-you-go job.