Vampire moms, superhero sisters and 'The New Normal': Every family's got a story that could break your heart

Vampire moms, superhero sisters and 'The New Normal': Every family's got a story that could break your heart
by: Michael Jodha
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Like our own families, we can’t pick the people who are in our lives. But we do choose how we interact, love, fight and forgive them. As “The New Normal” (that airs Monday September 10 at p.m. on CTV), ushers in a new type of mixed family for the 21st century, CTV.ca has a list of shows that portray how other mixed families can either make their relationships work, or never give up until they do. 

Check out all the families that fit into the ‘new normal’:

The Divorced Family: “Anger Management” (The premiere season airs September 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV)
Charlie Goodson and his wife Jennifer were happy once. But after Charlie’s troubles with anger, she left him to find a more stable partner. Caught in the crossfire was their teenaged daughter Sam and both parents feel guilty about not giving her the family she deserves. Of course, Charlie wanting to bash in Jennifer’s new boyfriends with whatever object is nearby just as Sam walks in the door doesn’t help matters much. But despite how they feel about each other, they try and make sure that no matter what argument they’re having, they put Sam first.

The Newlywed Family: “The Big Bang Theory” (Season premiere airs September 27 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV)

After five years of chasing girls who would rather beat him than bed him, Howard finally find his soul mate in Bernadette Rostenkowski. After the couple endured numerous debates over his nerdisms, his religion (he’s Jewish, she’s Catholic) and his overbearing mother, Bernadette finally said “I do” when Howard popped the question. Now that they’re husband and wife, the next hurtle the newlyweds will have to endure is their independence. How will Howard deal with moving out of his mother’s house, and doing tasks like wash dirty dishes and clean his own laundry all by himself? Our guess is by a lot of silent treatment from his new wife after he repeatedly asks her to do them.

The Alien Family: “The Neighbors” (Series premiere airs on Saturday, September 29 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV)
Because why not? If there’s one thing this list of families has taught us is, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Grimm, a vampire, a superhero, or a new parent: every family has problems. So it doesn’t matter if the newest family in Hidden Hills knows that their neighbours are all aliens. They know every family on the block is dealing with issues like trust, betrayal, loss, love, frustration, disappoint and acceptance like human families. Except in the case of ‘The Neighbors,” they also cry green goo through their ears. 

The Traditional Family: “Up All Night” (Season premiere airs on Sunday, September 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two)
Even though this list proves there are tons of outrageous family units on television, there is still a show out that focuses on the most common combination of families: two parents and children. Reagan and Chris fell in love, got married, established successful careers, and then welcomed a baby girl into the world. Now they’ve got to manage their lives and their relationships between diapers, late-night feedings and baby-proofing the house. One year in, and they’ve done a pretty good job. But as most parents have learned, the older your child gets, the more challenges you face. Let’s see how they fare during season two!

The Fairytale Family: “Once Upon A Time” (Season premiere airs on Sunday, September 30 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV)
Every girl wants to believe she is a princess. For Emma Swan, this is actually true. The daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming was transported to our world not knowing her true lineage. However, after other fairytale characters started to appear, Emma began to figure out the mystery of her parentage, and eventually located and reunited her parents. She also found her son was currently in the care of the Evil Queen. Emma’s got him back now, but whether or not they’ll be safe for season two remains to be seen, as the Evil Queen always has a trick up her sleeve.


The Supernatural Family: “The Vampire Diaries” (Season premiere airs on Thursday, October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two)

Poor Elena Gilbert. After learning vampires exist, she thought she could rely on her family for some normalcy…but no. Elena’s guardian, her aunt Jenna, was attacked and turned into a vampire, and eventually staked. Elena then discovered her mother and father were really adoptive parents and her brother was her cousin. Next came the revelation she was the descendant of an old vampire named Katarina. Her real mother was so determined to become a vampire she gave up Elena to do so. When Elena’s biological parents returned (one vampire, one human), they both committed suicide to save their daughter from becoming a vampire as well. Unfortunately, it was of no use as Elena was finally turned into a vampire at the end of season three. Now that’s a hell of a family tree!

The Crime-fighting Family: “Grimm” (Season 2 airs on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET)

They’re Grimms. Just like the fictional stories from children’s books. Except the monsters aren’t fiction. After spending a year fighting against supernatural demons and monsters, Nick Burkhardt is beginning to understand he's meant to protect the world from the monsters within it. But that role is beginning to get muddled after his mother reappeared in his life. While much of their history is shrouded in mystery, they’ve bonded by what connects them – their blood. They can both see things that others can’t, they’ve got superhuman strength and they’re also really good at keeping secrets. Only time will tell if those secrets will be this family’s undoing.

The Superhero Family: “Arrow” (Series premiere airs on Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two)

It was an unfortunate accident that cost the Queen family their patriarch and only son. Five years later, the son was found alive and was reunited with his mother and sister. However, when Oliver Queen saw the city his father helped create overrun with criminals, he created the persona known as “Arrow” and decided to protect his city as a vigilante. His sister Thea may not be much of a hero at present; but like the comic book on which the series is based fan boys and fan girls know she eventually becomes his sidekick. In the first episode alone, Oliver affectionately calls her “Speedy,” the name of her future crime-fighting persona.

The Police Family: “Blue Bloods” (Season premiere airs on Friday, September 28 at 10 p.m ET on CTV)
Meet the Reagans. We’ve got the patriarch as the city’s police commissioner, the only daughter is the city’s district attorney, the eldest son is a prominent police detective, and the youngest son is starting out as rookie cop. They investigate every manner of crime you can think of, but when it comes to morals and ethics, they rely on each other to provide sound guidance. Every Sunday afternoon, the family eats together at their father’s and debate topics that often cause friction between the siblings such as gun control, death penalties, custody rules and drug rings. But it’s having this open forum over dinner that the family is allowed to be themselves and voice their opinions and beliefs in a safe setting with people who will not judge them for holding those perspectives.

The Friend Family: “Hot In Cleveland”
They may not be related by blood, but Joy, Victoria, Melanie and Elka have banded together to form their own family unit. With husbands and boyfriends long gone and children all grown up, these four women have cried together, laughed together, fought against and alongside each other as they enjoy their golden years. Even though one of them (Elka) is substantially older than the rest, they still treat and trust each other like the closest of siblings.


Watch a sneak peek of “The New Normal” Monday, September 10 at 10 p.m. ET followed by an all-new episode on Tuesday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

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