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Named for lurid serialized stories (so like today's reality TV) that sold for a penny a copy in Victorian Britain, former National Spelling Bee finalist and multiple Science Fair award winner PennyDreadful has been mercilessly skewering reality TV since 2011, and cites MST3K as inspiration. Follow PennyDreadful on Twitter at @kcvinweho.
  • Hatched One

    Oh, you haven’t lived until you go “camping” in a pop-up trailer, with six kids, a stupid cocker spaniel(dumb as a bag of hammers, but good-natured), two parents and one grandmother (that kind that wore orthopedic shoes and dresses – God bless her) Of course, it was always raining when we arrived and had to set up. I don’t think my dad knew how to set that thing up in dry weather. And the best part? It was only for a WEEKEND each time!!!

  • That Birthday Cake reminds me of the Jello Mold that Aunt Bethany brings to dinner in the movie “Christmas Vacation”.

  • nettaboo

    The Ysabel/Garrisson thing was ridiculous from start to finish. First brothers and sisters tease and call each other names all the time, it’s not a big deal. Second I grew up in a church where any adult related or not could correct you if you were wrong. They can’t correct each others children even though they are all siblings. The older kids said they thought of their moms sister wives as “aunts”. My aunt can tell me to hush, I have spanked my nieces when they have gotten out of line. I understand Christine depends on Logan, Mykelti and Aspyn (Mariah is useless just like her mother) but “Hoover Dam” they parent their siblings that much? She can’t just tell Garrisson to apologize. I remember in season one or two Meri corrected somebodies children about teasing Robin’s kids.

  • Chicken Lips

    The Lips clan roadtripped every year. There were at max 2 kids (me and then my brother Rooster came along), but we learned that there is no stopping. You have to pee? You hold it. Hungry? Guess you should have eaten before we hit the road. Bored? Count cars (this was in the days before home entertainment systems in cars).

    There could have been 2 or 20 kids, didn’t matter- Papa Lips was not stopping until the car needed gas.

    Of course, most of our vacations were very similar to the Griswolds’ vacations, so maybe the Browns are on to something.

  • pcinkc

    I think Mindy may be the 5th sister wife. While I’m irked by that thought, it would be hilarious.

  • Merry

    Recap = brilliant! Brown family = sad.

    When I was a kid, we used to take extended-family vacations up to Canada. True, there were only eight of us, but we got on the road from Pennsylvania by six am without fuss, made one stop to eat, and got along with each other. And if I’d ever dared call one of the other kids stupid, any of the adults could and would have made me apologize instantly. What’s the point of being in a polygamist family if you function as (essentially) a single parent?

  • Wasabirules

    This is a hilarious recap!