Parents' Guide to

Guys with Kids

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mild but stale sitcom about the men in charge of the kids.

TV NBC Comedy 2012
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Parenthood, with its dignity-stealing pratfalls and absurd nonsense, is a rich source of humor. Unfortunately, Guys with Kids fails to find any of it. Jokes about diapers and potty training abound, and the show's creators seem to find the central conceit hysterical: It's dads taking care of kids! Not moms! Dads! Get it? Um, have you been to a playground in the last 15 years? There are plenty of dads out there cutting grapes in half and dispensing Band-Aids. Painting the show's premise as wacky and funny in itself just shows how out-of-touch the showrunners (one of whom is the usually funny, but childless, comedian Jimmy Fallon) really are.

It's too bad, really, because the cast is mostly charming. Anderson is wonderful even in terrible material, and he has genuine chemistry with his TV wife, The Cosby Show's Tempestt Bledsoe. The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler is a welcome sight too, and she demonstrates crack comic timing. But the material she's given to work with, usually wifely nagging, is so weak that it's tragic. Oh, and one thing will drive parental watchers crazy: Though there are seven kids on the show, they seem to appear and disappear indiscriminately. Anderson is a SAHD with four kids, yet he's frequently out with just one or two of them. Where do the other ones go ... with his wife to work? Magic TV Kidland?

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