Back to You

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Sitcom veterans earn laughs despite stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters are selfish, ambitious, and sometimes obnoxious people (with hearts of gold, naturally). The cast is mostly Caucasian, though one character plays up her Latina heritage to gain advantages. Other characters are somewhat stereotyped (a sportscaster who makes sexist jokes, etc.).

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo. One character throws herself at another, making constant comments about her body, underwear, etc. Discussion about sex, specifically about a sex act from the past.

Language

Occasional use of words like "ass" and "hell."

Consumerism

Mac computer visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the characters in this office sitcom aren't always pleasant -- including the main character, who can be quite self-involved and obnoxious. Some characters fall into stereotypical categories, like the sportscaster who makes sexist jokes, and the weatherperson who uses her sexuality and ethnicity to gain popularity. Fairly strong sexual innuendo and other jokes are standard fare, as are words like "ass" and "hell" and some social drinking.

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What's the story?

In BACK TO YOU, Kelsey Grammer plays news anchorman Chuck Darling, a self-absorbed blowhard with a heart of gold. He's done a good job of working his way up the anchorman ladder, but an on-air freak-out lands him back in Pittsburgh, where he started his career. Some things haven't changed: Chuck still has a rocky relationship with his original co-anchor, Kelly Carr (Patricia Heaton), and he's still pals with misogynistic sportscaster Marsh McGinley (Fred Willard). But the newsroom also has some new faces -- like Ryan Church (Josh Gad), the 26-year-old newsroom manager with barely any experience, and Montana Diaz Herrera (Ayda Field), a young female weatherperson who uses her sexy clothing and exaggerated Spanish accent to get attention.

Is it any good?

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Though some of the series' characters seem a bit stereotypical, the stereotypes have an edge to them, suggesting that the show is actually trying to poke fun at the archetypes rather than perpetuate them. But this angle isn't explicit, leaving viewers wondering how to feel about these confusing characters. Still, despite the maybe/maybe not stereotypes, the laugh track, and the old-school sitcom format, Back to You has some funny moments, thanks to experienced comic actors Grammer, Heaton, and Willard.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Are they always wrong, or can they be used to point out the error of assuming that certain people always act certain ways? How does this show use stereotypes? Families can also discuss workplace etiquette. How do you do a job well and treat colleagues with respect? If you have a problem with someone you work with, how should you handle it? Is it ever OK to yell at or belittle a co-worker (or a classmate or a friend)?

TV details

Cast:Fred Willard, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bywjbagley April 9, 2008
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I laughed

This a funny adult show. Ok for older teens.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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With the big names, not up to par with expectations...

Don't get me wrong, this is a hilarious show in the vein of Everybody Loves Raymond mixed with Two and a Half Men, but with Patricia Heaton, Kelsey Grammer, and Fred Willard, I was expecting more humor. Give this a shot or two, but nothing more and nothing less.

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