HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX
IF you take Kim Kardashian out of the picture, TV marriages have never looked more realistic. Long ago, those watching at home were confronted with images of the perfect partner who looked nothing like the he or she sitting next to them on the couch.
Think Mike and Carol Brady, who combined their two clans on The Brady Bunch, without the need for a Family Court-appointed mediator.
Or Marion and Howard Cunningham, her tied up in apron strings, him dishing out fatherly advice his kids took seriously.
In 2011, thanks to shows such as Modern Family, Offspring and Packed to the Rafters, parents come in packages that are less than perfect. And don’t we love them for it.
Take Modern Family’s Phil and Claire Dunphey, raising three children with all their flaws and fumbles.
Ditto, same-sex parents Mitchell and Cameron on the same show, whose enthusiasm for raising daughter Lily more often than not makes up for their ineffectiveness.
Trying your best is what it boils down to; forget what the guide books say is the take-
Reality bites: Robert Lindsay home message. Which brings us to Ben and Sarah Harper, the husband and wife in BBC comedy series My Family.
Middle-class dentist Ben (Robert Lindsay) and tour guide Sarah (Zoe Wanamaker) bitch and moan, snark and snipe at each other constantly.
When she signs the couple up to a new age marriage retreat, the laughs are sure to follow.
Thrown out of the course, the couple return home pledging new vows.
His: ‘‘ I will never stop finding new ways to annoy you’’, and hers: ‘‘ to mock you mercilessly at every turn’’.
Sounds like domestic bliss to me. My Family, ABC1, 8pm