Growing up with brothers and sisters can be tough, but we’ve been told that it also builds character and social skills. So we’ve got to believe the kids from TV’s newest family on The Kids Are Alright (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET, CTV) will definitely have some pretty great personalities in their futures.
That’s because The Clearys, a fictional Irish-Catholic family navigating all of the big and small changes in 1970s America, happen to be a family with eight kids. (Insert your “one-short-of-a-baseball-team” jokes here.)
The half-hour comedy stars Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack (The West Wing) as his wife Peggy, and a slew of red-headed child actors playing their boisterous, all-boy clan. The action kicks off when the oldest returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and save the world, setting everyone else in the family into panic mode.
Because we know all too well what it’s like growing up with brothers and sisters (and because this clan certainly knows better than most), we put together a list of things that only someone who grew up with a sibling can relate to.
Living with someone who constantly pushes your buttons
“I’m not touching you. I’m not touching you.”
Dealing with a constant lack of personal space
Made even worse if you had to share a bedroom (shudder).
Having to wear someone else’s hand-me-downs
Even if your styles (and sizes) are completely different.
The intense competition over everything
Having to share… everything
Because sharing is caring.
Hiding your favourite snacks just to make sure you got some
Otherwise you were SOL.
The torture of being locked with someone else in the backseat
Road trips were always way too long.
To this day your parents constantly mix up your names
It’s a sign of love though, right?
The financial burden at holidays
And birthdays… and celebrations… and all the days.
Learning the definition of a love-hate relationship early on
The struggle is real.
But most of all, knowing that no matter what, they always have your back
Because who else can relate to all of the weird stuff you dealt with growing up?