Parents' Guide to

Bless This Mess

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Urban hipsters turn to farm life in promising comedy.

TV ABC Comedy 2019
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Fabulously funny sitcom to watch with young teens!

This show is a modern take on Green Acres. We enjoyed watching the first season with our 13 year old. The humor is clean and the characters are unique and engaging. It's refreshing to find a modern sitcom that is family friendly.

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age 12+

Parents and teens can enjoy together!

Bless this Mess is really funny and entertaining! It is one of the few shows that we all actually sit down and watch together (Mom, Dad, 15yo and 13yo). I'm a very picky mom when it comes to what my kids watch. There is very mild sexy stuff, but nothing graphic, and it's done in a silly way between a married couple. It's great having a show where we can all laugh together and not feel uncomfortable. Plus, the main couple figure things out together and support each other, and they're good people!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The tried-and-true "fish out of water" formula has been done before -- the similarities to Green Acres are copious, right down to the inherited handyman -- so they're not reinventing the wheel here. But the overall vibe of Bless This Mess is enjoyable enough, with a cast of solid comedy players who have nice chemistry together. Pam Grier is an especially amusing standout as Connie, who not only owns the general store, she's also the sheriff and theater owner (they recently did a production of Les Mis, she tells us, and she "played a French ho!"). The series wisely positions Rio and Mike as the targets of our incredulous laughter -- what hubris, to move to the country thinking it'll all be so easy! -- and doesn't portray the Nebraskan townies as illiterate hayseeds. It's too soon to tell if the show can maintain interest for long, the stakes don't seem especially high for any of the characters, but it's a fun enough mid-season diversion that could have real potential.

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