A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show centers on a supposedly close family -- and there are some sweet moments -- however, those family bonds are often subverted by sitcom style mugging, i.e. a sister allows her brother to lie on the floor having a heart attack until he agrees to something. There is some racial and gay humor in some episodes.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters on Family Tools are decent and upright, however, two characters are defined largely by their sexuality -- one as a ladies man and the other as a flirt. A male character in particular is chiefly distinguished by how much time he spends "scoring tail."
Violence & Scariness
Some pratfall-style humor, i.e. Jack accidentally nail-guns his foot to a deck he is building.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character flirts constantly and makes many double entendres; her brother calls her a "slut." Another is apparently promiscuous -- he makes references to "boning," jumping someone's bones, etc.
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Occasional language: "You're an ass." "What the hell is that smell?" There is also racial and gay humor: "pimp juice," "fruit loop."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some references to drinking beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Family Tools is a multi-camera sitcom that draws much of its humor from the dysfunction of the central family and their friends. Two characters' sexuality is a major source of comedy -- one is a ladies man who talks about "boning" frequently, while his sister flirts nonstop with lots of innuendo. Along with some sexual language, there are also mild curses and insults. An elderly, wheelchair-bound character is the brunt of many jokes, and some of the humor uses racially tinged language or implications.
Is It Any Good?
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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