Parents' Guide to

Grandfathered

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clichéd yet charming show about a not-so-traditional family.

TV Fox Comedy 2015
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Fine. Tweens and young teens BEWARE

Lots of sexual innuendos and cursing. Tweens and younger teens will not be interested. This show is more for adults.
age 15+

I loved it!

I really liked it and is super sad to see it was cancelled. Upset funny, with cute moments. It shows the importance of family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Single-camera sitcoms about unconventional families are a TV trope, but when they work, as this one does, they're just the kind of comfort viewing you need for a lazy family-at-home date. Make no mistake: Grandfathered is loaded with seen-it-before chestnuts. In the very first episode, Gerald suddenly needs a babysitter for little Edie, so (of course!) he asks the dad he's known for all of 10 minutes of screen time, who (of course!) finds he must take the baby to his restaurant, where (you guessed it!) a high-stakes dinner is in progress, and then the baby spikes a fever, necessitating a heart-tugging concerned run to the emergency room, where the whole kooky clan can get together and then eat some takeout to the strains of emotional music. Oh, and Jimmy uses a meat thermometer to take the baby's temperature. Rectally.

All that said, Stamos is just as adorable and charming as he ever was, well able to put forth admittedly clever lines. Paget Brewster is just as cute and incidentally as well-preserved (their son looks approximately the same age as his parents), and though the hijinks are super sitcommy, there are good gags and emotional beats that may have viewers blinking away tears, surprised that they let a manipulative sitcom twist get under their skin thanks to good acting and comedic timing. This sitcom is a little silly and stale, but it's also pretty sweet and affecting, in the Modern Family mode. If that show is family viewing material for your brood, maybe this should be too.

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