Better with You

Common Sense Media says

Snappy sitcom pokes fun at romantic relationships.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

By focusing on three different couples at different stages in their relationships, the show examines both the positives and negatives of monogamy. The tone is generally upbeat.

Positive role models

The ensemble runs the gamut in terms of role modeling, but nobody's a horrible person. Most characters have idiosyncracies, although they're all in committed relationships.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some punchlines involve sexual innuendo and/or sexual situations. Two characters are getting married because of a pregnancy, etc.

Language

Characters use words like "idiot," "stupid," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults drink socially in a responsible way.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sitcom focuses on committed relationships among six adults -- two sisters, their parents, and their significant others. The youngest character is in her late 20s, and she and her boyfriend are getting married because of a pending pregnancy. Another couple has consciously chosen not to get married. Still, most sexual situations are mild (i.e., suggested rather than shown). Older teens can handle the content, which will probably appeal to them on some level, and is essentially free of any iffy language, violence, or substance abuse.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

BETTER WITH YOU follows the ups, downs, and everyday dealings between three different couples: Mia and Casey (Joanna Garcia and Jake Lacy), who've been dating for just seven and a half weeks; Maddie and Ben (Jennifer Finnigan and Josh Cooke), who've been together (but not married) for nine years; and Mia and Maddie's parents, Joel and Vicky (Ken Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp), who've been married for 35 years. The family dynamic changes when Mia introduces Casey to the clan and reveals they're getting married -- and having a baby.

Is it any good?

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Better with You borrows a lot from the successful Friends formula, except that Mia, Maddie, Vicky, Casey, Ben, and Joel aren’t roommates in the traditional sense -- they’re one, big well-cast family. Casey’s similarities to Friends’ dumb-but-loveable Joey are merely probably a coincidence. Or not. But Better with You still feels fresh thanks to zippy timing, palpable chemistry, and a sense that, comedically speaking, everyone’s pulling their weight.

It's also fun to see the pros and cons of partnering play out at three different points along the relationship spectrum. True, the younger characters get a bit more camera time, and the parents' 35-year marriage is mostly reduced to bottled-up seething and dysfunction. But when Mom and Dad deliver a line, they usually get the last laugh.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships and how TV pairings compare with reality. Does the concept of following three different couples at three different stages of being together lend a sense of realism to what you're seeing? Does the show make any exaggerations for the sake of comedy?

  • What are the consequences of premarital sex for Mia and Casey? Are there fewer complications because they're older?

  • What do you think about Maddie and Ben's "valid life choice" to not be married? Would marriage change their relationship much considering they've already been together for nine years? What are the pros and cons of saying "I do"?

TV details

Cast:Debra Jo Rupp, Jennifer Finnigan, Joanna Garcia, Josh Cooke
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byAra Rezaee July 23, 2011
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12
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Hilarious Show!

What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 17, 2011
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AWESOME SHOW

This show is one of the best abc shows I HAVE EVER SEEN ITS SO FUNNY CASEY IS JUST AMAZING I WISH THEY DIDNT CANCELE THIS SHOW ITS SO FUNNY i know im too young to watch this show but my parents say it's ok
Teen, 16 years old Written byAshinthehouse April 23, 2011
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13
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Good for teens

I really like this show it has some sexaul stuff that I think teens can handle and the language is mild mostly o my god and sometimes d$&@ and drinking in public otherwise I think teens can handle it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great role models

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