/23 Times TV Shows Had Family Members Not Turn Up For Major Events And It Was Super Weird

23 Times TV Shows Had Family Members Not Turn Up For Major Events And It Was Super Weird

Alexa, play Taylor Swift’s “I Forgot That You Existed.”

Does anyone else get really frustrated when characters just, like…disappear?

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Lookin’ at you, Jesse from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

This especially annoys me when it’s a family member. Whether they were on the show for the beginning then disappeared, showed up as a guest star then were never seen again, or left the show, I always find it super weird when major family members just…don’t show up for important events.


Like…remember how Haley just wasn’t there for her grandfather’s funeral on Modern Family?

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Sarah Hyland, who played Haley, even tweeted about it, saying “Like, as his granddaughter, you’d think I’d be invited to the funeral?” There was no excuse for this, considering Hyland was still on the show.


Or on Shameless, when Fiona didn’t even come to her own brother’s wedding.

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I get that Emmy had left the show, but this still just felt so weird.


I always found it weird that on One Tree Hill, Lucas didn’t show up until Nathan had been kidnapped for, like, weeks.

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Also, I know they weren’t related, but I still think it’s messed up Peyton and Lucas didn’t come to Brooke’s wedding.


Also on One Tree Hill, Karen didn’t come to her own son’s wedding.

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She shows up to his wedding to Lindsay but not his wedding to Peyton. But then she’s there the next episode when Peyton is in the hospital so??? She was clearly free?


One more OTH one — Haley was supposed to have a ton of siblings. But none of them showed up for her mother’s death besides Quinn and Haley — and not even those two showed up for either of Haley’s weddings.

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So, they explained Haley’s parents not being at her second wedding, but what about her siblings? And then when Haley’s mom dies, Taylor and Quinn are there, but the other siblings aren’t???


Where the heck was Jess’s sister Abby for her wedding on New Girl?

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She was in the show for two episodes, and I don’t think she was mentioned again, before of after.


And what about Nick’s mom?


Where was Mike at Aria’s wedding to Ezra on Pretty Little Liars?

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Anyone else think it’s kind of messed up that Jeremy didn’t come home for Alaric’s wedding on The Vampire Diaries?

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Okay, so they’re not technically related, but it was inferred that Alaric was Jeremy and Elena’s legal guardian after Jenna died. And also, Elena had just become human. I feel like he should’ve showed up way earlier than he did.


What ever happened to Scott for like, every major event in Gossip Girl?

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He shows up for Rufus and Lily’s wedding, then never again. Not when Lily has cancer, not when she’s arrested, not when Rufus and Lily get divorced…


What ever happened to Rachel’s sisters on Friends?

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I know they were mentioned a few more times, but still. Jill didn’t visit once after Emma was born? And I swear Amy did not exist before she appeared.


And what about Phoebe’s birth mom?


I know they mention she can’t come to Phoebe’s wedding, but still. She basically never showed up again after it was revealed that Phoebe was her daughter and that they were going to try to have a relationship.


Frank Jr. also didn’t come to Phoebe’s wedding, despite appearing in Season 10.

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And where was Ben for like, a ton of the major events of Friends?

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Leslie’s mom didn’t even show up to her own daughter’s wedding in Parks and Recreation.


Didn’t they work in the same building, too?


El’s “sister” on Stranger Things has not been mentioned since, despite El’s life being in danger multiple times.


I’m just saying, she could’ve used the help.


I know they “explained” this with a joke about the Olsen twins, but still — it’s weird that Michelle never showed up on Fuller House.

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Why did they not simply recast her??


Also, what ever happened to Wendy on Full House? She was Danny’s sister and dated Joey, but didn’t come around after Season 5 of Full House, or in Fuller House at all, despite events like her niece D.J.’s husband dying (and her brother Danny moving back in with D.J.)


Ted’s sister Heather didn’t miss any one significant event on How I Met Your Mother, but there was a whole subplot about her moving to New York — and then she was never seen again.


And remember Barney’s half-siblings Carly and JJ on How I Met Your Mother? They didn’t come to his wedding.


Lindsay never came back for her father Caleb’s funeral on The O.C.


Charlotte’s brother Wesley only appeared once on Sex and the City. He didn’t even come to Charlotte’s wedding or meet her children.


And finally, Spinner’s sister Kendra on Degrassi: The Next Generation completely disappeared a few seasons in. She didn’t even come back when Spinner was shot.

What other family-related inconsistencies, plot holes, or disappearances really bothered you on TV shows? Let us know in the comments!

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