Ever seen "Malcolm in the Middle"? That show has multiple parallels to my own life, almost like the creators vaguely knew my family. Malcolm, Reese, and Francis are all different aspects of me. When I was growing up, I was an evil genius of rebellion just like Francis. I knew all my parents' passwords on the TV and computer. I was smart and studious like Malcolm, but also destructive and stupid at times (like Reese). Like the boys in the show, I too have a foreign, chainsmoking grandmother who was mean as hell (how many people can say that?).
"Family Guy" also has a strange parallel to me. The dog on that show loves to write, is an atheist, is moody at times (though very intelligent). And his name? Brian (=Ryan).