Parents' Guide to

Family Tools

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dysfunctional family biz sitcom has sexual humor.

TV ABC Comedy 2013
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The actors in Family Tools are so much better than the material they're given. Viewers will certainly remember Leah Remini as the priceless wife on King of Queens, and they may very well remember J.K. Simmons as the doting dad of Juno, among other memorable roles. Given good lines, these actors will keep you in stitches, and lead Bornheimer has charm and likability to spare. Unfortunately, the stale sitcomish goings on (Terry blackmails Tony into retiring while he's on the floor having a heart attack? Really?) aren't nearly as charming.

Since Modern Family has done so well for ABC, both in the ratings and in racking up awards, it's easy to see why the network might want to launch a show that's built around another comically incompetent and non-traditional family. Unfortunately, Family Tools can't hold a candle to Modern Family, even the less-sparkling seasons. The dialogue is needlessly crude and not really that funny, the pratfalls and pranks are labored and worst of all, what should be fizzy and airy is just kinda bland and boring. Better luck next time, ABC.

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