All About the Washingtons

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rev Run returns with positive, if clichéd, sitcom.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about family, parenting, being close. Lots of teachable moments. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Joey and Justine are a loving couple, and devoted parents. Neither they nor the kids are perfect, but they usually make positive choices. 

Violence
Sex

Some flirting. Sexist references from song lyrics are occasionally discussed. A young boy's genitals accidentally exposed in a picture, played for laughs. 

Language

Words like "hell" and "crap" occasionally spoken. 

Consumerism

Joey Washington wears Adidas track suits. The Apple logo is visible on iPhones. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All About the Washingtons is a family comedy that features positive messages about parenting and family. The content overall is pretty mild, but on occasion words like "hell" and "crap" are used. There's some bathroom humor, references to sexist rap lyrics, and in one episode, references to a child's genitals accidentally being exposed. Logos for Adidas and Apple are visible. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLalaMommy September 13, 2018

Could be the best

This show is hilarious! If they would just eliminate the language and occasional inappropriate talk this show would be the best!!! I hope they make a new season... Continue reading
Adult Written bySH13 September 13, 2018

To cliche

Clubbing. Drinking. Counted the word ass 3 times in one episode. Lying— as a joke. Not funny or good for tweens.
Kid, 11 years old August 19, 2018

Its suitable for most ages

I have recently started to watch 'All About The Washingtons' on Netflix and i think it is fine as there is only an appropriate kiss between the parent... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMichprincess10 August 25, 2018

What's the story?

ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS is a comedy series starring rapper and reality star Rev Run (aka Joseph Simmons) as Joey Washington, a hip-hop legend adjusting to being a stay-at-home father. When Joey decides that he's going to retire, his wife, Justine (played by real-life wife Justine Simmons), decides to finally pursue her own career plans. While she works on building a business, Joey dedicates himself to raising their four kids, Veronica (Kiana Ledé Brown), Skyler (Leah Rose Randall), Wesley (Nathan Anderson), and Dayvon (Maceo Smedley). Joey soon realizes that being the primary caregiver isn't easy, and that he and Justine are going to have to find balance in their new roles. 

Is it any good?

This reasonably entertaining series features a lot of positive life lessons about parenting and family, but follows a pretty traditional sitcom style. Rev Run and Justine Simmons play fictionalized versions of themselves this time, but still promote the same positive family values they reinforced when their reality shows were on the air. Meanwhile, the children, while not perfect, are overall good kids dealing with the usual challenges. 

Like most comedies, the conflicts are lighthearted and the resolutions predictable and superficial. Thanks to an artificial laugh track, the show feels a little dated at times, too. But the cast is genuinely likable, and guest stars like DJ Ruckus and Shark Tank's Daymond John add some interest to the storylines. All in all, All About the Washingtons is worth watching if you like family comedies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes family comedies funny. Is it the characters? The storylines? Or both? 

  • What kinds of messages does All About the Washingtons offer about parenting? The importance of family? Do the family dynamics in their family look anything like your family?

  • How do different families communicate with each other? Why is this an important character strength

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