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MTV's 'Happyland' isn't the only show to explore incest

MTV’s newest teen dramedy, Happyland, is set at a Disney-esque amusement park and follows the lives of the extremely attractive and young people that work there. It premieres Sept. 30, and while it has plenty of abs, cheekbones, and melodrama to go around, the story is not fueled by hormones alone.

Well, it sorta is. In a twist that would rival even the juiciest telenovelas, Happyland builds its first major plot arc around characters that are from opposite sides of the tracks, have crackling sexual chemistry, and just happen to possibly be siblings.

Even though it’s a little gross, it’s not even close to being the first time TV has paired relatives together romantically. Although Happyland doesn’t seem like the sort of show to take us down the same dark path as some on this list, it made me reminisce nonetheless. I compiled a list of the top five most interesting, cringe-inducing relative romances that we [mostly] got over for the sake of the drama.

Here’s a list in order from most detestable/horrible to not so disgusting. Click on the images if you’re not too squeamish!

Jaime and Cersei, Game of Thrones

WARNING: This is one is pretty graphic.

Like so many other elements of Game of Thrones, Cersei and Jaime made me think twice about what I would accept from my programs. It’s hard to watch and accept, and the scenes don’t often hint or suggest at a relationship—it’s more like they club you over the head with it. But what would this show be without the shock and awe of stuff like this?


Chris and Cathy, Flowers in the Attic (2014)

As a young girl of the 1990s, I went nuts for the movie version of V.C. Andrews’ cult classic, Flowers in the Attic. So, when it was remade earlier this year, I knew a whole new generation was going to be watching through their fingers as Cathy and Chris … ahem … experiment with their feelings.


Norma and Norman, Bates Motel

This one didn’t make it closer to the top because it’s the suggestion of inappropriateness that gives this show its edge, not the actual deeds. Bates Motel dances right up to the edge of the line and hovers there, making it cringe-worthy, but not gag-inducing.


Jenna and Toby, Pretty Little Liars

There is so much twisted storytelling in this show, it’s easy to forget that Jenna and Toby were a thing way back in seasons 1 and 2. We’ve long since forgiven both of them for what might have happened in that house, but that doesn’t make it any less weird.


Maeby and George Michael, Arrested Development

Arrested Development was never known for its realism, but George Michael was our everyman, as dejected and unlucky as he was. Even in his awkward cousin-love toward Maeby, we saw something in ourselves. I know I wasn’t the only one rooting for them to NOT be related. Right?



What other gross-out couples did I omit? What forbidden romances do y’all secretly hope for?

Catch the premiere of Happyland on MTV Tuesday, September 30, at 11 p.m. EST.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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