Tales of a Teen GrannyMy TV family part 1 – My ParentsScarlett Curtis

I love my real family, I really do. I have two lovely parents, three amazing (if occasionally slightly annoying) little brothers, a dog, three cats, five fish, a frog and a tortoise (we like animals, okay – get over it). But try as I may, my real blood related family will never be my ‘real’ family. My ‘real’ family live inside a glass box in my sitting room, and in a smaller glass box in my room,and occasionally, if I’m bored, in an even smaller hand held glass box that I keep in my pocket. They are, of course, my TV family.

I think my TV family all started, as most things in my life did, with Friends. Whenever I got sick as a child (which was quite a lot), I would watch Friends solidly from the second I woke up to the second I fell asleep and it would be the only thing in the world that could make me feel better and make me feel safe.

Two years ago today, I had an operation that changed my life. I’m not going to go into details about it because I find it hard to talk about and also you clicked on this article hoping to hear about TV and not about some strange English girl’s sob story, but the operation left me in a lot of pain which I have been in ever since. I’ve tried really hard to get to a stage where I can talk properly to people about my pain, but after two years, I’m sad to say I’m still not there. I get so shy and end up telling everyone everything’s all fine and scurrying back up to my room, even though obviously everything is not all fine.

A lot of things have helped over these two years – my family, craft, my dog and most recently, HelloGiggles – but the thing that has helped most of all has been TV. I fully well know it sounds stupid because TV is ‘bad for you’ and gives you square eyes, but I honestly think that among other things, TV has saved my life these past few years. And so I’m dedicating my next few HelloGiggles pieces to the characters that I will forever and always consider my TV family, beginning with my TV parents.

My TV Mum: Lorelei Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls: To any Gilmore Girls fan (and come on, admit it, who isn’t a Gilmore girls fan?) this wont come as much of a surprise. I wanted to pick someone really surprising and quirky for my TV mum but try as hard as I might to be original, it’s always going to come back to Lorelei. I’d always dabbled in the Gilmore Girls and watched it whenever it was on, but it wasn’t until I watched all 7 seasons in the space of about two weeks that I realized how magical it truly is. Lorelei is the perfect mum because she is completely and utterly not perfect. She lets Rory eat so much junk food it’s literally impossible to watch the show without getting hungry, watch more TV than even I watch and she is probably far too close to her daughter and would be criticized by every therapist of the face of the earth, but despite all this, she is the most wonderful, creative, balanced and amazing mum that TV has to offer. She’s the perfect example of how you don’t have to do everything perfectly, normally or by the book to do it right.

My TV dad: Dr. Paul Weston from In Treatment: Okay, so this one isn’t quite so obvious. Paul isn’t exactly the cuddly bag of fun that you might dream of in a dad but seriously, if you had a problem, this guy could sort. you. out. If you don’t count his personal life, Paul is like the therapist that everyone dreams of but who actually only exists in 20 minute long HBO episodes. He can solve every problem, every trouble on your mind and will tell you things about yourself that you never even knew. He will sort out your life, make you cry like a baby and give you a huge confidence boost and all in just 20 minutes. Sure this isn’t what everyone looks for in a great Dad but I’m thinking if I had Lorelei for the fun times and Paul for the hard times I’d be pretty much sorted for life.

If you also have an imaginary TV family leave a comment so we can compare and next week I will be writing about my TV siblings…

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  1. This is an amazing series and it makes me so happy that a) I’m not the only one who has coping mechanisms like these for pain (huge hugs!) and b) that you’re also in the UK. Keep writing, honey!

    Anonymous | 3/03/2012 05:03 am
  2. sandy cohen from the o.c. is the best fictional father in the world.

  3. how you feel about tv isnt “silly”. I watch greys anatomy on the daily (and trust me i work almost 30+ and do school) and watch so MANY movies. Tv/Film is what has made me feel safe my entire life when something goes wrong and helps me, even if temporary. and the way it has made me feel is the exact reason why I am working to become actress and be apart of the industry. i want to do the same for others. i hope you feel better soon and im glad you have something to turn to when you dont xoxo.

    • P.S. check out Lauren Graham on NBC’s show “Parenthood”, shes an awesome mom in that show in a new/diff way for her character, you will love her all over again :)

  4. I’ve fallen in love with Lauren Graham’s current TV family in Parenthood. I’d not-so-secretly loveee to be a Braverman. I think I love them because they remind so much of my real life family….with better comedic timing, more intense drama and studio lighting.

  5. I know how you feel. Despite what people may say about how bad tv is for you I am not ashamed with how much tv I watch. I’ve seen some amazing shows all these years and to think I could have missed out on their brillance because of others opinions of tv.

    My mother, sister and I watch almost all the same tv shows and over the years it’s bonded us even more than we would be. The three of us cried over the end of Buffy & Charmed, cried over the death of Rob Lowe in Brothers and Sisters, laughed at Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory, experiance the Gravediger storyline in Bones and currently in suspense over who the heck is A in Pretty Little Liars…… and those are just some of the tv shows lol.

    Lorelai is not only my tv mom but my real mother to. Her & Rory’s relationship is so similar to mine and my sisters relationship with our mum that every episode we’d been laughing at, at least one similairty.

  6. The Huxtables.
    I mean, they’re obviously the best TV parents ever! But when you expand into movies, then you have more options… and maybe I bump Claire and Cliff into grandparent territory (sorry, Betty White)
    Dennis Quaid and Kelly Preston would definitely make me hotter. But I don’t know which one would have Cliff and Claire as parents… so, my TV/Movie family is flawed. Whose isn’t? :)

  7. So sorry to hear you are suffering with chronic pain. I want you to know that you bring a smile to my face whenever I read your posts, which I try never to miss. You are truly an old soul.

  8. No siblings?

  9. I can honestly say that as a mom of a 4 year old, I base much of my parenting style on Lorelai Gilmore and Gilmore Girls. :) I think I’d pick the Huxtables as my parents, definitely.