Parents' Guide to

Bob Hearts Abishola

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet sitcom examines immigrant life, love with nuance.

TV CBS Comedy 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 2+

A disconnect

Bob wanted to bring the manufacturing back to America but the machine he bought came from China. The writers failed to recognize the initial reason why Bob wanted to build a factory in the first place.
age 15+

Discrimination

On " twerk o'clock": Although it was nice to see Abishola getting to know drag queen Jaymes Mansfield as an individual, it was disappointing to see Abishola being shamed for her religious beliefs. Her viewpoint was just as valid as the viewpoints of those around her. Judging someone based on their religious beliefs, especially by assigning them a number as to how much they agree with other people is a form of discrimination as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This series uses humor to create lighthearted stories about the immigrant experience in the United States at a time when immigrants, and immigration, are subjects of controversy. The awkward pairing of Bob and Abishola, whose differences range from being of separate racial and ethnic backgrounds to the ways they each reach for the American Dream, allows for some social commentary about the subject.

While some may find this groundbreaking, others may take issue with some of the all-too-standard conventions the show presents, such as the pursuit and (hopeful) romantic conquest of a black woman by a white man, and jokes about immigrants wanting to marry wealthy Americans. But there's also an earnestness about Bob Hearts Abishola that makes it likable, and the writers' efforts at slowly bringing the two characters together to find common ground give these stereotypes some context. Not everyone will appreciate it, or find it entertaining. Nonetheless, the positive messages the show presents about who immigrants are, the work that goes into building a life here, and the important role immigrants play in this country are a good thing.

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