DC #489: Top 5 Dysfunctional Families



The holidays magnify the dysfunction in our favorite TV and film families. On today's Top 5 episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast Luke, Jillian, Mike and Melodie are counting down their Top 5 Dysfunctional Families in soaps.

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Great podcast, guys!  That was a lot of fun!

Jillian, at the great risk of sounding like PickyPatty, I just wanted to point out that Helena didn't loosen the parapet that Katherine fell off of.  Alexis and Luke did it in the hopes of offing Hells!  I love that crazy-ass family.  

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Your GH history is a bit off. Luke and Alexis rigged the parapit so Helena could fall to her death during the ball, Stefan and Katherine's engagment after they fell in love cause Stefan accidentaly shot her and she was paralized. Luke found out Alexis was really Natasha, Mikkos' love child, which Stefan did not know about. In the original history of Alexis, she was a baby when Helena slit her opera singing mother's throat and Mikkos told Helena her punishment was to raise Alexis, as a Cassadine cousin. So she teemed up with Luke, but Katherine went on the parapit all distressed because she found out that Nikolas could be Stefan's son with Laura. She was presumed dead, but Helean drugged her and hid her out while she was heeling while Stefan was tried for her murder. In true soap fashion, Katherine showed up at the murder trial. Cassadines are crazy as hell.

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5. The Merricks/AMC - Dimitri, Edmund, Erica, Maria, Anton, and Kendall (SMGeller)
4. The Chandlers/AMC - Adam, Stuart, Skye, Haley, JR, Colby, and every woman that Adam married into the family (Erica, Brooke, Dixie, Natalie, Gloria, Liza, and Krystle)
3. The Newmans/Y&R – Victor, Nikki, Victoria, Nick, Adam, and Abby
2. The Lords/OLTL – Victor, Vicki, Tina, and Todd
1. The Quartermains/GH – Edward, Lila (I miss her so much), Alan, Tracy, Monica, Ned, AJ, Jason, and Emily

Honorable Mentions: The Cassadines/GH – Helena, Nicholas, Stefano, and Stravos, and Alexis.

I’m also giving a special Honorable Mention to the great dysfunctional family that could’ve been if it wasn’t for the narrow-mindedness of Brian Frons, Julie Crapruthers and whatevah hack was writing at the time and that family is: The Montgomerys/AMC – Erica, Jackson, Greenlee, Kendall, Bianca, Reggie, and Lily. I really hope Lorraine Broderick revisits that idea.

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Helena DID kill Katherine the first time, technically. Yes Luke and Alexis rigged the parapet. HOWEVER, when Katherine went to the hospital, she gave her some drug that made her seem DEAD but it saved her life if that makes any sense (this is GH).

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Jillian Bowe wrote:
Helena DID kill Katherine the first time, technically. Yes Luke and Alexis rigged the parapet. HOWEVER, when Katherine went to the hospital, she gave her some drug that made her seem DEAD but it saved her life if that makes any sense (this is GH).
 

You've got a point, Jillian!  I'd forgotten that little thing.  My bad!  So few Cassadines, but so many nutty ways to off them.    

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Jillian,

Stavros looked younger than Stefan because Stavros had been frozen, in suspended animation, for 20+ years. During that time Stefan aged with everyone else while Stavros, not being alive, stayed the same age.

I was upset when GH canceled the Stavros storyline because of the 9/11 attacks. Apparently, the storyline was going to get really dark and it was felt that the audience couldn't deal with it.

As for McTavish's reign, I actually enjoyed that period of GH. That was the time Gia & Nicholas!

Let me say it again: Gia & Nicholas! They were a smokin' hot couple.

Agree with your assessments of families.

Another great podcast.

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Josstheguy, if you listened to the podcast you would hear me SAY that and Luke said it also when I made a lil' boo boo there. GH's history I got that in the bag! Smile

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What about the Buchannons?  Especially when you add David Vickers to the mix...

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Mike, the girl who slept her way through the Snyder's was Angel Lange Snyder played by Alice Hanning (who played Liza briefly in the 1980's.) According to the ATWT 40th anniversary book, her father raped her even as she was an adult. I have the same first name as her!!!

I agree with all of you about Janet Green Dillion!! Lorrane Broderick bring her BACK!

And I saw the YouTube clip of Lauren/Traci fight!! Up there with the Generations catfight!!

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Mike, the girl who slept her way through the Snyder's was Angel Lange Snyder played by Alice Hanning (who played Liza briefly in the 1980's.) According to the ATWT 40th anniversary book, her father raped her even as she was an adult. I have the same first name as her!!!

Thanks for the info! I was going off my memory and did remember her name being Angel. I was trying to remember which brother she was married to first. I think it was Seth and then she moved on to Holden. I can picture her very clearly though. Since we're on women who were involved with the Snyder boys, remember Julie? She was trouble, but lots of fun to watch!
I have that book somewhere...I'll have to dig it out!

Were you on the WoST boards a few years ago? I remember a gal who said she shared the same name as WT's Angel, just wondering if it was you.

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Were you on the WoST boards a few years ago? I remember a gal who said she shared the same name as WT's Angel, just wondering if it was you.

That would be me, angel_marie!! I didn't know you moved on to bigger and better things!!! Congrats on being on DC! How have you been? What was your screen name? There were so many people on there it was like a virtural family. Remember the websoap I started involving the WoST people. I got SOOO busy I left it up to the members of WoST to do it. They did a awesome job in the first year at least that I saw. We created logos and everything. It was amazing!! I miss WoST especially since it shutdown officially in August. Aren't you on facebook? I wrote my top 10 things they should improve about GL and you responded as i recall.

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I think the most dysfunctional family is the Hortons of Days.

Addie, had a shotgun wedding after being impregnated with Hope by her daughter Julie's boyfriend Doug.  Marie became a nun after having "feelings" for her nu-faced brother Tom Jr.  Mickey and Bill slept with the same women for years, culminating in Mickey shooting Bill.

Perhaps, Alice Horton should have paid a little less attention to her doughnut making skills?

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I sent you a PM...my name was Mike...original huh?

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Great podcast. If I could add my two cents on top 5 dysfunctional families: 5. The Montgomerys (AMC) - Travis, Jackson, Erica, Barbara, Bianca, Greenlee, Reggie, Lily, Kendall and Sean. Erica and Barbara alone would qualify them for this list. Add Jackson's obsession with Erica and that puts them over the edge. 4. The Cassadines (GH) - Helena, Stavros, Mikos, Stefan, Nicholas, Alexis (and her kids - all of them). This is one self-important pompous clan. there has got to be more of them they can bring to Port Charles 3. The Courtlands (AMC) - Palmer, Daisy, Nina, Cliff, Bobby, Kelsey, Myra, Sloane, Opal, Tad, Pete, Ross, Ellen, Donna, Vanessa, Dixie, Will and Lannie. Palmer's over protectiveness of Nina and his hatred/love of her mother Daisy and Myra not telling Nina she was her grandmother for soo long are only the tip of the Courtland iceberg. Palmer actually unleashed the hounds on Daisy. Remember, back in the day, Palmer was the badest man in Pine Valley. He gave Adam a run for his money every day. If he is healthy enough, Ms. B. should bring the big P back to raise some hell in PV. 2. the Buchanans (OLTL) - There are so many but mainly Asa, Clint, Bo, Vicki, Nora, Renee, Ben, Matthew, Joey, Kevin, Kelly, Alex Olanov, David, Duke, Natalie, Jessica, Jared, Nash, Cord, Tina, Sarah, Gabrielle, Pamela, Nigel, Cassie, Samantha, Delila, Becky Lee, Blair and Max. They may not all share the same DNA but they might as well becuase they are all screwed up. The intermarriages in this clan are legendary. A podcast could be devoted soley to this family and what they have done. 1. the Lords (OLTL) - Vicki, Todd, Tina, Dorian, Powell, Victor, Tony, Merideth, Starr, Jack, Blair. I thought about combining them with the Buchanans but then I thought about the Lords that aren't related to them like Powell and Todd and Starr. Vicki alone warrants them to be at the top spot. While still a family of name recognition, many of the wackos in this family tree have faded from popular memory. This group will keep you guessing for years what they will do next.

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Hey guys & gals,

This is one of many 1st comments to come.
My Top 5:

5. The Spaulding
4. The Cane
3. The Lord
2. The Quatermaines
1. The Cassidines

Like Mel said the The Spaulding, they just plain crazy, they then all tried to kill each other @ least twice. Now the reason I put the Cane family in this is because that family has it on cell block, they've killed more man on 1 show & pleaded crazy @ the same time that its RI diculous. The Lord family, well hell need I say more, they are crazy, literally & figuratively. The Q's, like Jillian said, u tried to kill ur wife by dropping the roof on her well, there u go. Like the Spaulding, they got more illegimate children in that 1 family then u can count on 1 hand. And my no. 1 is The Cassidines, u try 2 freeze the world, u freeze ur son, u kill ur children & grand-children lover b/c u don't like her. Then u killed ur husband mistress in front of her children & thats just what Helena did, to include the rest of them it would take all day.

My Honorable Mentions are the Newmans, they dyfunctional but they havent even hit the radar in there on town, the Chancellors are more dysfuntional then the Newmans.