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Childfree TV shows/TV characters

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    Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 6,484 mod silvervixen84


    Thought it might be cool to have a thread to discuss shows where the main characters are childfree.

    I love Seinfeld - all of the gang were childfree through it's whole run.

    Notable mention goes to Cristina Yang from Grey's Anatomy, who was unapologetically childfree on the show.


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    Oh dear, I fear there's going to be a lot of negative characters here.

    The first one I thought of was House, and then several more mean doctors on The Resident.

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    I actually never made the connection with Seinfeld!

    I'm actually struggling to think of childfree characters that I like. I guess that SATC brought up some interesting themes around not having children. I was around 12/13 when that was out so had an impact.

    This might sound ridiculous but I think the Simpsons had an impact on me, they are a happy family but it really showed in the early seasons the sacrifices that Marge and Homer make for their kids.

    There is Mr. Dink in Doug who is a very nice man but he can also afford nice things!

    Other than that, I really struggle to think of any!


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    The Wire had quite a lot of child free cops, lieutenant Daniels for example. Junior on the Sopranos too, also I think Furio had no kids.


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    Come to think of it doesn’t almost every show have child free characters? Why wouldn’t they, everyone is child free for at least some of their life!


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    Come to think of it doesn’t almost every show have child free characters? Why wouldn’t they, everyone is child free for at least some of their life!

    Writing kids into the story arc for all characters would be a major pain! Sometimes things are more practical than done on purpose :)


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    I love Seinfeld - all of the gang were childfree through it's whole run.

    Well having kids was never going to really add to the storylines in a show like Seinfeld.
    sunny wrote: »
    Junior on the Sopranos too, also I think Furio had no kids

    Plenty on the Sopranos, most noticeably Paulie I guess. Played very nicely into his arc, particularly the stuff with his aunt/mum.


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    I suppose it depends - are we talking about characters who just don’t have children, or characters who are explicitly child free?


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    Faith wrote: »
    I suppose it depends - are we talking about characters who just don’t have children, or characters who are explicitly child free?

    Jen Barkley in parks and recreation was the only character that sprang to mind for me :D

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    Penny in Big Bang Theory explicitly was... Right up until they made her pregnant and she changed her mind


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    nothing wrote: »
    Penny in Big Bang Theory explicitly was... Right up until they made her pregnant and she changed her mind

    Didn't the other blonde woman, the one with glasses not want children either but she had them for some dumb reason? I think it might have been because Howard wanted them, sorry for a woman who doesn't want children having them because her husband wants them is a dumb reason, if I ever get married and my partner wants kids they can go **** themselves


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    Demonique wrote: »
    Didn't the other blonde woman, the one with glasses not want children either but she had them for some dumb reason? I think it might have been because Howard wanted them, sorry for a woman who doesn't want children having them because her husband wants them is a dumb reason, if I ever get married and my partner wants kids they can go **** themselves

    I don't remember if Bernadette explicitly said she didn't want them, but she was definitely portrayed as less than maternal and she wasn't happy when she found out she was pregnant. Definitely an implication she had them for Howard's sake, which was annoying


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    Demonique wrote: »
    , if I ever get married and my partner wants kids they can go **** themselves

    Would that not be something that gets resolved/discussed long before marriage?
    I agree with you, but from experience it came up quite early with my wife that I'd had a vasectomy and was 1 and done.


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    I agree with Christina Yang. she was absolutely clear she didn't want kids, told her husband this before marriage and then he got mad with her when she discovered he just thought she'd change her mind when she was older. So true to life.


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    nothing wrote: »
    Penny in Big Bang Theory explicitly was... Right up until they made her pregnant and she changed her mind

    I never really watched the Big Bang Theory but I know that pivot really rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way. It’s such a shame they couldn’t just let her be childfree because it ultimately reinforces the notion that being childfree is a temporary status until we inevitably realise the error of our ways.


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    I'm a big Law & Order SVU fan and I was so annoyed when Olivia adopted a baby. Suddenly it was all 'I understand what you're going through because I'M A MOTHER', 'I get it because I HAVE A SON' etc. etc. Like you can't have empathy unless you have children.


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    I remember watching Ally McBeal years and years ago (when I was probably too young to be watching it!) and Nelle Porter (Portia de Rossi's character) didn't want children. I only saw the first couple of seasons so don't know if the character changed afterwards but she was portrayed as someone who prioritised career over family and relationships.
    Nelle: Is that just a given to you? Every woman one day wants to get pregnant?

    Richard and John: Yes!

    Nelle: Well, here's a flash: not all of us do.


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    Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World

    He has always acted like he was childfree by choice rather than circumstance throughout the series and is a fantastic character, but watching an episode called "Wheels" (season 4, episode 14) on Disney Plus at the moment and there's a scene that starts about 14 minutes 50 seconds into the episode where he explicitly states it was a choice and gives a reason why (he may have mentioned it before, he's definitely made statements about how he's glad he never had kids, but first time I properly copped him saying it).


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    The current storyline with Nancy in Eastenders is an interesting one. She's 27, never wanted children and has decided to be sterilised. Her mother who has always wanted kids is struggling to deal with it. Great insight into the family dynamics when someone makes the decision and family try to get you to change your mind.


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    nothing wrote: »
    I don't remember if Bernadette explicitly said she didn't want them, but she was definitely portrayed as less than maternal and she wasn't happy when she found out she was pregnant. Definitely an implication she had them for Howard's sake, which was annoying

    Bernadette was really clear that she didn’t like children and didn’t want them.

    Howard: But don't you think it will be different when the child is ours?
    Bernadette: Right, when it's our kid that has ruined my body, and kept me up all night, and I've got no career and no future, and nothing to be happy about for the next twenty years. Sure, that'll be completely different.


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