Parents' Guide to

Enlisted

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Military hijinks, innuendo anchor otherwise sweet comedy.

TV Fox Comedy 2014
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It's been a long time since M*A*S*H, and Enlisted's ripe, absurd comic situations make you question why more sitcoms aren't set in the military. You've got your workplace/bureaucracy humor like The Office or Parks and Recreation, a group of young cuties similar to what you'd find on Friends, even heartwarming family dynamics such as those found on Modern Family thanks to the three-brothers-one-platoon setup.

But just because Enlisted has aspects similar to these other well-loved shows doesn't mean that it's tired. On the contrary, the show scores by putting relatable, charming characters in (mostly) realistically ridiculous situations (a staple of army life, if tale-spinning ex-soldiers are to be believed). The dialogue is smart and witty, the jokes are fresh, and the sweetness is palpable. Exhibit A: Pete accuses of Perez of having a "big old nacho chip" on her shoulder. She winces and so does he: "I thought it'd be funny because you're Hispanic," he apologizes, "but it just came out hateful." And we laugh, twice. This is a good one for whole-family viewing with teens, particularly military families.

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