What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Didn't Do It is a sitcom that's built around a comically contentious relationship between twin teens who are forever getting themselves into outrageous messes with their friends. While there's plenty of sibling rivalry (which often escalates the day's mischief), there are also some sweet moments of admitted affection between the brother and sister. Their messy adventures never garner the kind of repercussions they would if they were brought on by your kids, and you'll find the parents are unrealistically lenient in their reactions to the day's follies. Kids won't be bothered by these kinds of details, of course, but they'll get some laughs and might just pick up on the message that siblings can share nicely if they put their minds to it.
What's the story?
Twins Lindy (Olivia Holt) and Logan (Austin North) have shared everything since the day they were born –- toys, birthday parties, and even their trio of closest friends. Not that it's made them alike; in fact, type-A Lindy couldn't be any more different from her laid-back brother. Now that they're freshmen in high school, they're sure they're headed in different directions, but they keep finding themselves side-by-side even in the crowded high school halls. What's worse, they're still getting into absurd predicaments that they have to explain to the adults in their lives. Along with their best friends Jasmine (Piper Curda), Garrett (Peyton Clark), and Delia (Sarah Gilman), Lindy and Logan discover that getting older doesn't necessarily mean getting wiser as they own up to what they did -– and didn't –- do.
Is it any good?
Given the show's title and its central sibling characters, one might expect a lot of whiny, accusatory dialogue between Logan and Lindy, but actually I DIDN'T DO IT has another goal in mind. Yes, there's some finger-pointing when it comes time to explain a narcoleptic elderly neighbor in the hot tub and a cheese pizza adhered to the living room ceiling, but there's also a Musketeers-style solidarity that sets in when the teens are backed into a corner and Lindy and Logan acknowledge (if briefly) their mutual affection.
Kids' sitcoms are a dime a dozen these days, and creating a standout is no easy task. I Didn't Do It's hook is in its clever reverse storytelling format, which opens each episode with the teens in the midst of some self-induced calamity (a house party run amok, a messy meeting of spaghetti sauce and grade-schoolers, etc.) and flashes back in pieces as they explain the evolution of the disaster. It's a refreshing deviation from a classic timeline style, and it grabs kids' attention from the get-go and keeps them laughing throughout.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the ups and downs of sibling relationships. Kids: Do you always get along with your brothers and/or sisters? How are these relationships different from those with your friends?
Does it seem like the characters ever learn from their mistakes? Are there consequences for their actions? How might your parents react to similar mishaps?
How does it feel to stand up against what your peers are doing if you know it's wrong? Have you ever been in a situation like this? How can peer pressure lead to trouble?