Parents' Guide to

Call Your Mother

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Weak helicopter mom sitcom has language, drinking.

TV ABC Comedy 2021
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Give me a break was already taken

Horrid for family entertainment, unless you’re caving in and letting your kids run your family. Sedgwick came across another Madoff signing up for this disaster, hopefully she’ll get some of her reputation back too. The dog is the only high point of this show, and I’d advise him to dye his fur so he’ll get another job. The rest of them are sunk unless they can pull a SJ stunt. There was a YouTube of them calling their mother (playing off the title-tee hee[yawn]) they’ll be calling her again - telling her they’re moving back in. Talentless zombies doing what they’re told. Good riddance, in advance.
age 16+

How is this show rated PG??

I thought this would be an okay show to watch with my two children, we were trying to find a little sitcom to start watching together. It does it rated PG, for language.. that's it... 30 seconds into it, they are already discussing pornos. Sex was referenced quite a bit, in just like the first half of the episode. I had to turn it off. I'm sure it is a fine show for teens and adults, but I don't understand it having a PG rating. To me, that implies it is alright for a younger audience. Why aren't there any good wholesome TV programs any more? I want my kids to hold on to their innocence as long as possible and it seems the media is solely focused on sexualizing everything.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

Finding a balance between helicopter mom and negligent mom is a constant struggle for many mothers, but we'd all be hard-pressed to relate to the mom Kyra Sedgwick plays in this weak sitcom. If you've seen Disney Channel shows, Call Your Mother will feel very familiar, with its cliched characters, "wacky" misunderstandings, and "I've seen them somewhere" cast. Fans who know Sedgwick best from Singles or The Closer will be disappointed with the sloppy material covering a topic that will hit close to home for parents of teens and older -- the peril and promise of being an empty nester. More encouraging is the adult kids' relationship; they have a conversation over beers about their oft-difficult mother that will feel familiar to some adult siblings who have divergent ideas about how to deal with aging parents. In a time of "podding" the message about making your family your village may resonate with some viewers; most others would be better off spending 22 minutes calling their own mother instead of watching.

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