Parents' Guide to

Ben and Kate

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cheeky comedy has heart but is aimed squarely at adults.

TV Fox Comedy 2012
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

seems like a winner

well i screened this show for my family last night after watching new girl and i must say i loved it if u arre looking for a sitcom with good family values this would be ur best bet just be carful with very small kids due to breif language and some sexual humor" witch i found funny" 'and am still "laughing about today: any how better for tweens and up but still good choice because it shows no matter how diffrent ur family may be from u they are still ur family no matter wat so i say give it a chance u wont be sorry ten times better than the new normal

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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BEN AND KATE doesn't always deliver the laugh-out-loud funny you hope for. But there are times when the writing and acting combine for a charming blend of heart and hilarity that wins you over in spite of its shortcomings. Add a well-cast ensemble of characters, and the potential for goodness, if not greatness, is definitely there.

As Ben and Kate, Faxon (the Oscar-winning co-screenwriter of The Descendants and a graduate of L.A.'s Groundlings improv group) and Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) make for strong and likeable comic leads. But the real star in terms of delivery is British import Lucy Punch, who steals just about every scene she's in. Two particularly priceless bits find her offering beauty advice to a pint-sized Maddie and, later, instructing Kate how to be sexy. If nothing else, don't miss those.

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