Parents' Guide to

Home Economics

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Sitcom on income inequality has physical gags, wine.

TV ABC Comedy 2021
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Season two upped the sex

I love this show! My daughter (8) started watching it with me and it was fine and enjoyable, but then suddenly the married straight couple majorly upped the sex, naked in bed, sneaking off to cars. Just tons of it very suddenly. Good for them, not for my kid, haha! Also, Marina plays up the "my kids make me drink" trope. Would love to see a funny, chill mom who doesn't need booze.
age 12+

Amazing and Hilarious! Great for families!

I was really hesitant to watch this show at first. I don't like sitcoms much. They usually have inappropriate, raunchy humor that isn't funny, and just lack any kind of plot. This show was surprisingly good. The pilot felt like a pilot, but I understand that some of my all-time favorite show's pilots had that new feel to it. It was still good. I liked the casting of the three main characters. They felt a lot like real siblings. And the blonde little girl Gretchen was HILARIOUS and so was the other boy Kevin! Very funny. Its also a great show for families and is very relatable. I am happy to let my kids watch this. Common sense media, change your rating to 5/5! THIS SHOW IS GREAT! I am so excited for season 2 and my kids and my husband are currently binging the show!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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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