Bless the Harts

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lighthearted comedy has some language, drinking.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

You don’t have to have a lot of money to be rich in family and friendship. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters don't always make the best financial (or other) choices, but they usually mean well. Jesus is wise, kind, and laid back. 


Mild arguments between family members. Drawn characters with sabers and other weapons are visible, and there's the occasional explosion (that leads to no harm). 


Like most animated sitcoms, women’s chests are slightly amplified. 


Words like "hell," "crap," and "ass." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Boxed wine is consumed frequently. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bless The Harts is an animated comedy series about a financially challenged family from the South. Jesus is a contemporary (but respectful) character, and the other cast members, while not perfect, are ultimately good people. Some of the language is a little rough ("damn," "crap"), and there’s some drinking. On occasion things explode or fall apart (no one gets hurt), and weapons like sabers and guns are on display. The Harts are loving and try to do their best under challenging circumstances. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySoteria February 14, 2021
Adult Written bydenise_p_111 June 21, 2020

Bless the Harts is too "Adult-ish"

I started watching Bless the Harts when it first premiered last year on Fox and I have to say that in my opinion, the show was "ok" for me. The first... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 14, 2020

Very adult, and not very interesting

If it was between this and the Simpsons, watch the Simpsons.
Violence: Moderate: 4/10
Not very violent. Lots of unnecessary arguing, though, and weird sudden ac... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 23, 2020


Not a big fan, it can be funny sometimes but not very often. Characters just aren't interesting. I usually get bored watching.

What's the story?

BLESS THE HARTS is an animated comedy series about a love-rich, but cash poor North Carolina family’s efforts to make ends meet. The Hart family is headed up by single mom Jenny (Kristen Wiig), a waitress at restaurant The Last Supper. She lives with her scheming, but well-intentioned mom Betty (Maya Rudolph), and her clever, creative daughter Violet (Jillian Bell). Her long-time boyfriend, Wayne Edwards (Ike Barinholtz), is committed to the family, and does everything he can to help. They don’t always make the best choices, and Jenny is often overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles. Luckily, Jesus (played by Kumail Nanjiani) sometimes hangs out with her at work and gives her advice. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted series offers some positive messages by featuring a family that's rich in love despite their financial woes. While characters can be sarcastic at times, the family members spend their time trying to understand or support one another, rather than attempting to tear each other apart. The show’s rendition of Jesus is humorous and contemporary, but the conversations that take place are both respectful and kind. It may fall flat for those who prefer edgier animated fare, but Bless The Harts works if you’re looking for some pretty mild humor. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about including religious figures and icons in comedy series. Is this disrespectful, even if the representation is a positive one? Why or why not? 

  • How can a comedy series be funny without being stereotypical? Do you think Bless The Harts accomplishes this? 

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For kids who love animated comedy

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