A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Features an African American main cast but stays away from racial stereotypes. The Dixon family is supportive and spends a lot of time together. Family love is key and visible.
Positive Role Models
Parents and children are loving and supportive, if sometimes mocking of each other. Cast is diverse, with people of color in all the main roles, and many minor characters of color. Some regressive messages about masculinity, like when Brian's bag is called his "man purse" and someone asks if he keeps his "balls in there." Some jokes that center around iffy premises, like when Brian says to the camera that Black people don't go to therapy.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is mostly in the form of jokes -- e.g., Brian says, "If I would have said that to my parents, I would be waking up in ICU, wondering where my kidney was."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brian and Sasha both have romantic complications. Some iffy scenes, like when a model literally less than half of Brian's age tries to show her "appreciation" by taking off her clothes and climbing into bed, cooing, "There's nothing sexier than a single dad." For his part, Brian says that the timing is wrong and at another moment he'd have "tried to knock all the spice off that Church's Chicken." In another scene, Brian says that a dress Sasha is wearing should "come with a pregnancy scare."
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Cursing includes "s--t," "ass," and "goddamn." Some insulting language, too: "hos."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The entire Dixon family smokes pot. Brian's police officer friend Johnny says he supplied the family with pot taken from "the evidence locker." (It is worth noting that at the time of this review, marijuana is decriminalized in Atlanta, where this show is set.) We see them lighting up, taking drags, vaping, etc. Jokes about marijuana, like when Pops says he used a clip-on tie to hold his joint and now he can't find it and has to wear a real tie. Characters drink at parties and gatherings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is a sitcom about single dad Brian (Jamie Foxx) and his 15-year-old daughter, Sasha (Kyla-Drew), who are newly reunited and attempting to negotiate a positive relationship. Family love is central to the show; adults are present and caring, if sometimes mocking. Sasha can be a bit contemptuous of her father, but she also loves him and wants to spend time with him. Humor can be on the mature side: Grandpa Pops (David Alan Grier) smokes pot and jokes about it frequently, and the whole family is shown smoking and vaping together (marijuana is decriminalized in Atlanta, where the show is set). There's also mature sexual humor, like when one of Brian's colleagues, a young woman less than half his age, tries to show her "appreciation" for being chosen to model at his cosmetics company by taking off her clothes, hopping into his bed, and inviting him in. (For his part, Brian resists due to timing, though he says at another time he'd have "tried to knock all the spice off that Church's Chicken.") Cursing includes "s--t," "ass," and "goddamn." There's also some insulting language, like "hos." Violence is infrequent, but Brian jokes about his parents punishing him physically for disrespect. There are also some regressive messages about masculinity, like when Brian is asked if he carries his "balls" in his "man purse."
Is It Any Good?
The cast has chemistry, and Jamie Foxx is richly blessed with comic gifts, but the comedy is shticky and broad and the setup feels dated in this throwback sitcom that seems imported from another era. Perhaps from 1990s WB, where The Jamie Foxx Show ran from 1996 to 2001, also with a high-concept setup, a laugh track, and Foxx delivering irascible commentary and physical comedy -- and also produced by Foxx's Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! co-creator, Bentley Kyle Evans. It can't be denied that the guy's good at it; in the show's pilot, the gift of a pair of white skinny jeans is the trigger for a cascading series of gags in which Foxx uncomfortably twitches his way through a social occasion in said skintight pants.
To its credit, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! leans into sweet moments too, in which the Dixon family comes together to support Sasha -- there are hugs and lessons learned. David Allen Grier is a comic highlight as a weed-smoking lothario of a grandpa, despite the fact that he's only 11 years older than Foxx; his habits are the source of much of the teens-and-up mature laughs. For a certain type of humor, Dad is like a warm hug: predictable, an occasional guffaw, and actors you like spending time with.
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