A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Siblings supporting each other is a laudable message, but there's a lot of tension around their wealth differences. The main character is secretly writing a novel about their relationships, which will certainly cause rifts.
Positive Role Models
The family is diverse across race (two wives are Black and Latinx), income brackets, and sexuality (sister Sarah is a lesbian). Though they take friendly jibes, the siblings do ultimately love and support each other, and all their children love spending time together.
Violence & Scariness
One character accidentally steps on a moving treadmill and goes flying against a wall (he's uninjured).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual references are tossed around: "My super hot Pilates teacher totally wanted it, and I didn't even do anything," "It's like an American Girl store knocked up a Sephora," and (in avoiding discussing money) "We're actually having a sexual problem."
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The only swear word in the premiere is "hell." Characters discuss their sibling's lavish home: "This is obscene. I feel dirty." There are race-related quips among the family members, such as "He married a Latina. Doesn't he get points for that?" and "White privilege much?"
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Products & Purchases
Youngest child Connor is the financial success of the family and has all the trappings of wealth -- a beautiful home with a sweeping view of San Francisco (though he's supposed to live in San Francisco; it's confusing), a fleet of cars for himself and ride-ons for his young daughter, a playroom stocked with a candy wall, and a bathroom with a "robot toilet" that's much discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character drinks wine conspicuously (including on a treadmill). The two wives who married into the family refer to Thanksgiving as their "special day of drinking" to avoid the sibling fights.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Home Economics is a family show about three adult siblings who have very different financial situations. Eldest Tom is an author who's hit a dry period and needs to borrow money from his brother; middle child Sarah is recently unemployed and lives with her wife and two children in a tiny apartment and drives an old clunker; and youngest Connor has a private equity firm and has just moved to a new home with a panoramic view of San Francisco and stuffed with toys, candy, and other goodies. Though all three siblings have children, the focus is on the adults, and some of their quips about money, race, and sex will go over younger kids' heads ("It's like an American Girl store knocked up a Sephora"). Connor's consumerism is depicted as over the top, but the siblings still covet his belongings and lifestyle.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who has relatives or friends who became unexpectedly wealthy (tech and cybercurrency are common themes) will relate to the Hayworth siblings in this rare U.S. sitcom that tackles income inequality. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Home Economics acknowledges that the tech boom of the past couple of decades has required many to navigate the often uncomfortable (and arguably unfair) reality that school therapists may live modestly, paycheck to paycheck, while a close relative can buy a multimillion-dollar house in cash.
Lots of little exchanges signal the writers' comfort with an array of economic, family, social, and racial dynamics. Tom's wife Marina, for example, speaks Spanish to his live-in nanny Lupe, and Lupe denigrates her for being Mexican (she's Colombian). Tom and Sarah say between themselves that their brother's house is "obscene" but rave about it to his face, and their parents barely acknowledge Sarah when faced with their wealthier, more conventionally successful sons. With the income gap growing in the U.S., particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, Home Economics offers relevant, easy-to-swallow lessons for both sides of the divide.
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