Everything from our mannerisms to pop culture interests to ideological and moral values are influenced by the people who raised us. And yet, from Shadowhunters to Riverdale, TV parents are often written like Charlie Brown's teacher: as faceless (and development-less) beings.
Whether it’s the tough-love mother, the bumbling dad or worse, the notoriously invisible parents, far too often we see television's older characters crafted as caricatures and afterthoughts.
Defined mostly by their roles as gatekeepers — to parties, dating, college, freedom, or even superpowers — parents can be skeletons of their dramatic potential, included only for the illusion of realism.
The select few who do manage to get their own relationship and professional complications still find themselves relegated to B and C plots.
There they help prop their children’s storylines,