Everybody Hates Chris

Common Sense Media says

Everyone will love this funny take on real issues.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show emphasizes the importance of family and friendship, as well as standing up for yourself and being true to who you are. Characters learn from their mistakes and apologize when they're in the wrong.

Positive role models

They're not perfect, but Chris' parents work hard and do what's right for their kids, teaching them the value of family, money, and hard work. They also admit when they're wrong and use their own mistakes as learning opportunities for their kids. Chris is a well-meaning teen who usually does the right thing -- or learns an important lesson when he doesn't.

Violence

Chris gets into occasional fights at school (most are started by a bully). In one episode, he accidentally breaks his brother's hand after taking a karate class. Mom Rochelle often threatens her kids with physical punishment, but she never follows through (it's all played for laughs).

Sex

Mild flirting, kissing, and innuendo; teenage crushes; discussion of girls' looks.

Language

The "N" word is used sparingly. Other mild language includes "hell," "damn," and "ass."

Consumerism

Some episodes involve Chris wanting particular items, but none are name brands. One episode revolves around an issue of Playboy.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to becoming a "crackhead" after a character almost fails a math test.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this warmhearted sitcom is funny and smart, but its themes are too mature for younger kids. Chris' parents make empty threats when their kids get into trouble; these comments are portrayed in a comedic light and aren't meant to be taken seriously (in fact, the parents are strong role models overall, teaching their kids responsibility and helping family members learn from mistakes). There are jokes about drugs (becoming a "crackhead"), and the "N" word is used sparingly (usually to make a specific point). There's also some mild kissing and jokes about teen pregnancy.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS is about the trials and tribulations of teenage Chris (Tyler James Williams) -- and about many real-life issues, such as dealing with strict parents, constantly being picked on by a racist bully at school, and having a more popular, better-looking, taller younger brother. Based on comedian Chris Rock's childhood in Brooklyn, the early '80s-set show puts an unusual spin on the usual sitcom formula. Rock narrates, there's no laugh track, and stories deal humorously with real issues. Chris' parents work multiple jobs and still struggle to pay the bills, all while making sure their kids get a good education and stay on the straight and narrow.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Chris doesn't shy away from addressing racial stereotypes. For example, much is made over the fact that Chris' father, unlike most other families on the block, is still around to support the family financially and emotionally. The show even goes so far as to mention the "N" word, which a conventional sitcom wouldn't dare utter without the program being considered a "very special episode."

 

Everybody Hates Chris is a prime example of how to take serious issues and approach them in a humorous yet thought-provoking way. The series is innovative, funny, and stereotype-defying -- enjoyable for teens and their parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kind of issues explored on the show versus those on more conventional sitcoms. How prevalent is the type of obvious racism depicted on the show?

  • Are Chris' parents realistic about how they punish him and his siblings?

  • Can your kids point out what has changed, if anything, between the time in which this sitcom takes place and now?

TV details

Cast:Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tyler James Williams
Networks:CW, Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous January 24, 2015
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13
QUALITY
 

Not a family show but also not quite a teen/young adult show. Pause for 8-12 and on for 13+.

CSM is right on what families need to know: yes, the great messages and role models, the mild violence, adult content and language. Its a cool "familyish" show. Although it is also a tweener--not quite a family show like Fresh Prince and George Lopez, or really a tween/teen show like Degrassi and Ned's Declassified. But somewhere in-between. More like Malcom in the Middle or Comedy Central's 'Scrubs'. The PG-rated episodes are for 8+, and the 14-rated episodes are for 13+.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old May 15, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byAngel1234567890 March 27, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 17 year old Written byHuman November 20, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
if you wont let your kid watch this because of a little swearing you don't know what goes on in schools across the world every day.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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