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Parents' Guide to

Family Reunion

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heartwarming but uneven sitcom about family relationships.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 10+

Great Show, but watch with your child.

I like the show it’s very diverse, some of the shows can be a bit mature so it’s important to watch with your child. If your a parent whose not ready to introduce your child to homosexuality, in the newest season episode 2 there is a family member who is gay (two men). If your not ready to have that conversation with your child i’d skip the episode. At times, i feel as though there’s a bit too much singing. Overall it’s a nice show.
age 9+

Family Reunion is the Best!!

My kids LOVED this show! I have a 12 year old and a 9 year old, and they both are having a blast with this show! I think it's really important for children in this day in age to watch shows like this. This show has really opened my kids's eyes, and they are a lot more respectful, because of it. I recommend this show for your children!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (63 ):

This sitcom espouses strong family values even as it struggles to overcome a vacillating combination of dated Southern culture clichés and politically inspired topics like climate change and what it means to be "woke." M'Dear is as stereotypical a character as they come, a deep-South matriarch who's opinionated, deeply religious, fiercely protective of her family, and, of course, the world's best cook. Swinging wildly in the other direction, on one of her first social outings, Jade encounters a bunch of teens who ridicule her for not knowing the history of the Black Panthers and, by extension, the modern fallout of the black experience of the South. Two young kids lament the effect of plastic straws on the environment while they play at the park, but the idea of physical punishment (with a belt, no less) for a kid's misbehavior is prominent and seemingly endorsed in one scene. Jade's lighter skin -- an anomaly in her family -- becomes a topic of conversation; she's alternately teased by her brother, celebrated as unique and beautiful by her father, and the source of a quip about someday being helpful in hailing a cab by her grandmother. The result is content that's hard to pin down and does little to define the show itself.

On the other hand, Family Reunion illustrates the joyful (most of the time, that is) side of multigenerational family relationships. There's so much to like in the grandparents' interactions with the kids, the idea of raising a family with a village, and the interplay between Moz and Cocoa and their elders. As the McKellans adjust to a slower life pace, small-town living, and extended family all around, they discover the experience changes them individually and as a group, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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