Parents' Guide to

Alex, Inc.

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tepid comedy has positive messages about work/life balance.

TV ABC Comedy 2018
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Heartfelt performances and a loosely adapted biographical story about Alex Blumberg's success with StartUp are unevenly matched with this show's inability to really get off the ground. It's good to see Braff back on the sitcom stage, and his chemistry with costar Sircar makes for pleasant, if short-lived, scenes between the two of them. Less memorable are the exchanges among the podcast's staff, save for the constant bickering and verbal tug-of-war between Eddie and Deirdre, who vie for Alex's approval in escalating timbre.

What does impress are the show's messages about the potential symbiosis between family and career, a theme that's not always prominent in comedies. Alex's career change yields many growing pains for himself and his family, but his family is willing to make the journey with him to help him realize his goals. Rather than isolating these two aspects of his life, Alex, Inc. interweaves work and family, suggesting that each can enhance the other and painting a positive picture of the work/family balance.

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