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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.
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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.
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