A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family and friendship are central to the show. So is grieving the loss of a husband, parent, and friend.
Positive Role Models
Council of Dads mentors the family in different ways. The family is very diverse, and includes children who are transgender and from different multi-racial/ethnic backgrounds. The men are also very different in personality and profession.
Violence & Scariness
Illness and fear of death are themes. Occasional angry outbursts ultimately lead to constructive moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to having sex. Pregnancy is a theme.
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Mild profanity like "damn" is sometimes used.
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Products & Purchases
A Ford truck is visible; logos aren't prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, and one major character is a recovering alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Council of Dads is a dramatic series based on the 2010 memoir by Bruce Feiler about a diverse family that changes and grows with the help of friends after a parent is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness. There are lots of positive moments, but it contains some innuendo, including references to having sex and pregnancy. Themes like death, illness, the misunderstanding of transgender children, and the challenges of marriage might be too mature for younger viewers. It's not violent, and occasional verbal outbursts are dealt with constructively. There's some drinking, and alcoholism is a recurring theme.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic series offers lots of heartwarming moments as the family copes with loss and embraces new members. However, it isn't very original, due to the formulaic storylines and painfully predictable dialogue already made popular by shows like This Is Us and Parenthood. The efforts made to portray a contemporary extended family are so obvious that it feels cliché. But the story is full of emotional moments, and despite being able to predict what's coming, you might shed a tear or two. Council of Dads is a positive, heartwarming series, and folks who like this sort of sentimental entertainment will probably find it worth the watch. But if you're looking for something original or refreshing, you might have better luck elsewhere.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.