Are We There Yet?

 
Positive (if predictable) messages in blended family comedy.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series takes a humorous look at the adjustments a blended family goes through when they first come together. It contains positive messages about family and (step)parenting.

Positive role models

Nick and Suzanne are good parents and committed to the children. The kids often play mild pranks on Nick, but they do love him.

Violence

Mild arguments between Nick and Suzanne are frequent. Uncle Terrence is a SWAT officer; subtle references are made to violence on the streets.

Sex

Mild sexual innuendo.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Nike and Snapple labels visible in some scenes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol (wine, beer, frozen cocktails) are sometimes consumed over meals (usually at restaurants). 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy series features members of a blended family adjusting to its new life together. It features some mild sexual innuendo (much of will go over the heads of young viewers), frequent minor arguments, and alcohol consumption. Children are often shown trying to play tricks on their stepdad. The Nike “swoosh” logo is prominently visible on some cast member’s clothing; Snapple beverage labels are occasionally noticeable. The overall show contains some positive messages about family and step-parenting, and is mild enough for tween viewers.

What's the story?

ARE WE THERE YET? is a comedy series about the growing pains a newly blended family goes through after the honeymoon period is over. The series features Terry Crews as Nick Persons, a former athlete who has married Suzanne Kingston (Essence Atkins), a professional party planner and mother to 14-year old daughter Lindsey (Teala Dunn) and 10-year old Kevin (Coy Stewart). While Nick adjusts to his new role as a stepfather, the kids entertain themselves by finding new tricks to play on him. Meanwhile, the foursome must also learn deal with their new extended family, including Nick’s mom Marilyn (Telma Hopkins) and Terrance (Ice Cube), Suzanne’s older brother. Friends like Gigi (Keesha Sharp) and Martin (Christian Finnegan) also add to the mix. It isn’t always easy, but they learn that they can face anything together as a family.

Is it any good?

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The series, which is based on the 1995 film of the same title, humorously highlights the daily trials that modern-day newlyweds face as they adjust to each other while balancing all the other facets in their lives. It also underscores some the many challenges that come with bringing people together to create a new family.

The show’s storylines aren’t always original, but the overall series contains some positive messages about parenting and family. It may be a little predictable, but it definitely has some heart.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it is like to live in a blended family. What are some of the challenges of bringing people together to create a new family? Some of the benefits? What are some of the stereotypes surrounding blended families and stepparents? Do you think the media has perpetuated some of these stereotypes? If so, how?

  • What are some of the more popular blended families that have been featured on television and in film over the years? Has the way the media has portrayed blended families changed over time? If so, why?

TV details

Cast:Essence Atkins, Telma Hopkins, Terry Crews
Network:TBS
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Kid, 10 years old May 26, 2013
age 8+
 

Funny but there's violence

The movie is a great comedy, but it has quite a bit of violence like a car blowing up and a guy hanging out of a car as it's moving and he's yelling. Also there's some mild language and some kissing. But the movie is very funny and near the end it's very happy and touching.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2011
age 11+
 
it is awesome show ! very funny ! i love it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bythareg13 November 20, 2014
age 8+
 

love it

If I could get my mom to watch it before bed then it is a really good show .. Families need to know certain things the show portrays and its quite humoring .. I love this show and it will continue to be one of my favorites ..

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