TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Race is tackled gently in fresh family friendly sitcom.

ABC Comedy 2014

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 44 reviews

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age 8+

Wonderful, sharp, funny show that educates on race, sexism, family

Absolutely wonderful, groundbreaking show. Educates on race, the stuff that can be invisible to white people (I'm white), but with a gentle touch. Also just great on the dynamics of marriage & of growing up. Very funny and Tracee Ellis Ross is a phenomenal comic actor. It's worth watching & discussing with kids tho. Dre, the dad, is an imperfect character - he's very proud in a frankly 'old-school man' kind of way and can be threatened when his awesome wife does something awesome. Lots of commenters have mentioned sexism - they're right - it's not there by accident - but it's worth pointing it out & talking about it with your kids, just in case anyone thinks it's 'normal' or ok! The joke is that Dre has blind spots. But worth discussing.

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age 9+

Anti-racist but some sexism

Our family watches this, daughter is 9 and son is 11. The positives are centering on a Black family and normalizing and hearing their perspectives dealing with racism. The closeness and multigenerational family is great. We enjoy most of the humor. The show does play up some pretty old school sexist formulas of dad being a man baby, working with a bunch of other white lan babies. Often their advice is sexist and racist as they sit around at work and have locker room talk which seems to normalize this behavior rather than call it out for kids. There is also the occasional objectification of women which improves in each season. The dad also has a very typical mamas boy relationship with his mom and distance with his oldest son and father which is a bummer that they play up this tired stereotype. Newer shows seem to reverse this. Reminds me of how inter generational sexism gets passed on in male dominated spaces. So if you’re family is good about calling this stuff out it can be a learning. Our family still loves it and watches it but sometimes it feels like it could do a better job of tackling sexism as it does with racism.
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