We have lost sense of what constitutes "family friendliness"
My family is of Christian faith, and it is well publicized that the lead actor of this show, Candace Cameron Bure is a Christian as well. I thought that might mean that if she would commit to this show that it would be a good, clean family sitcom with decent family values. It doesn't come close though.
Many other reviews here call out the language, the sexuality, homosexual references, drinking, girl-on-boy-violence, provocative clothing (this last season Bure's character wore a bathing suit with a neckline down to her belly button). Yes, these are all problems that I see with this show and I agree wholeheartedly. Some reviewers seem to believe that despite some language and sexual innuendo that there are still good family values on display and to that I say, our concept of “good family values” has apparently gone down the drain.
In this show, over the course of all 3 seasons I have observed the following:
A widowed, working mother of three trying to juggle it all – this is fine as a story line, and is similar to Full House obviously, but DJ is almost never seen spending quality time with her kids. Other, effeminate male characters are left to take care of the kids quite often in this last season. Stephanie and Kimmy are also often left to take care of the kids. Yet DJ has time to date two different men.
DJ is never really seen talking through dating multiple men with her kids. It seems to me that doesn’t send a great message to the children. I highly doubt, at least the eldest son would have been okay with this, at least not so easily.
Kimmy and Fernando are basically shacking up all the time, even though they are technically divorced. This is very obvious to their teenage daughter. There never seems to be movement towards their official reconciliation via remarriage.
Stephanie struggles with infertility, a real problem for some women and great to see addressed on a TV show. But let’s get real here. She is in no way emotionally or financially prepared for parenthood, she can’t even buy a cup of coffee. She is dating Kimmy’s brother who seems to be stoned all of the time. She decides to seek a sperm donor. The boyfriend volunteers to be her donor, after much debate about how serious a commitment that is. They go back and forth, eventually deciding he will do it, and that he will commit to her by committing to raise a child together.
What?!? No conversation about getting married. They just jump right into having a baby together! How is this different than having a child with your boyfriend out of wedlock? They took a very serious, very sensitive issue (infertility) and tried to dress up sex and pregnancy out of wedlock at the same time. Forget about your children watching this show, I don’t want another TV program that makes stuff like this okay to anyone, adults or children.
On that issue, Kimmy volunteers to be the surrogate for Stephanie. She is obviously committed to her ex-husband Fernando to some extent even if they are divorced, and yet she doesn’t talk through this major decision with him?
Every single male on this show behaves in an effeminate way. Even the two oldest boys (DJ’s kids) are pretty feminine. It’s one thing to be in-touch with your sensitive side as a male, but this show, like many others, takes it too far. Why is our society so afraid of masculinity? Why are men not allowed to be men anymore? It is clearly supposed to be funny but I just shake my head in sadness over it.
These are not good family values, for anyone. This is another sweet-seeming “family” show that fools viewers into thinking that certain things must be okay if this cute little TV family is doing them. I have traditional values and this is just one more show I need to cross off my list. Be cautious of all Netflix exclusive shows. They are not bound by the same ratings guidelines of traditional cable and as you can see, it leads to a free for all where inappropriate shows can be rated for General audiences. What a joke.
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Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking