Parents' Guide to

Cousins for Life

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Heartwarming sitcom celebrates joyful, chaotic family life.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+
Awesome for kids

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

Worst show ever

Do not watch this show it is the worst show I have ever seen

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (5):

It doesn't break any new ground, but this series paints a heartwarming and reassuring picture of the joy that's born out of mindful problem solving within a chaotic family. Cousins for Life is quick to illustrate the stark contrasts in personality and living styles between easygoing Clark and his more serious brother, Lewis (Ron G.) (yes, Lewis and Clark), and, by extension, their respective offspring. Where one branch of the family tree revels in order and predictability, the new arrivals mostly fly by the seat of their pants. They frustrate each other, and hilarity ensues, but at the end of the day, they're thankful for each other's presence. In other words, they're a family.

Cousins for Life is a story about overcoming differences of opinion and respecting individuality. Ivy and Stuart have very little in common, but that doesn't matter to them. They're cousins first and best friends second, and that's enough. Parents will note that much of the mischief in the show is fairly unrealistic (Stuart "solves" a problem for Ivy by bringing home dozens of shelter animals, which they manage to keep secret from Lewis, for instance), but that matters very little in the general scheme of lighthearted entertainment that's suitable for families.

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