Funny, quirky and interesting, some families make dysfunctional seem appealing. What’s a family drama after all if the unit isn’t nuts? Disney+ Hotstar has a bunch great shows that hinge on families whose members drive each other up the wall.
‘Malcolm in the Middle’
This classic American sitcom revolves around a working-class dysfunctional family shown from the point of view of a genius teenager with an IQ of 165, which places him in a class for gifted students.
Creator: Linwood Boomer
Cast: Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Catherine Lloyd Burns, James Rodriguez, Lukas Rodriguez
Seasons: 7 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
The sharply written series (pictured above) follows the Roy family, who own and run a global media conglomerate. The siblings go against each other and their parents when the father decides to step down from the CEO’s position. The show sketches the ways in which money and power distort relationships and world-views in characters that are hateful yet deserving of sympathy.
Creator: Jesse Armstrong
Cast: Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
The head of the prominent Bluth family gets convicted for fraud and his son Michael must now take over, maintain peace and keep the quirky family together.
Creator: Mitchell Hurwitz
Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
Seasons: 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2018, 2019)
A hip hop star and owner of Empire Entertainment is informed of his imminent death and must pick a successor for his business from among his three sons. Meanwhile, his former wife is released from prison after 17 years and comes for his business and their children.
Creators: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong
Cast: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe
Seasons: 6 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
In this animated sitcom, Peter Griffin and his family comprising his wife, two teenagers, an evil baby and a clever dog, constantly find themselves in hilariously sticky everyday situations.
Creator: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Patrick Warburton
Seasons: 18 (1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
For more shows on dysfunctional families, check out the offerings on Netflix.