I Hate My Teenage Daughter

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
I Hate My Teenage Daughter TV Poster Image
Iffy messages about parent-child relations; some language.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series underscores how difficult it can be to raise teenage daughters, but it also shows how adults can fail to be responsible parents. And it demonstrates what can happen when children are overindulged and/or aren't taught to respect boundaries. References to racism (as a negative thing).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sophie and Mackenzie are often bratty, disrespectful, and sneaky, and they lie. Their parents love them but aren't always willing to discipline them and/or make them face the consequences of their actions.

Violence

Yelling and screaming sometimes result when Annie and Nikki try to discipline Sophie and Mackenzie.

Sex

References to teen pregnancy. The teens like to dress in sexually provocative clothes that are often deemed inappropriate by their parents.

Language

Words like "damn," "bitch," and "dumb ass" are frequent.

Consumerism

References to The Gap and other establishments popular with teens.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking is referenced, and alcohol (hard liquor; beer) consumption is visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy features parents who seem unwilling or incapable of disciplining and setting boundaries for their teenage daughters. There's lots of bratty behavior, sneaking around, and lying. Drinking (hard liquor, beer) is visible, the teens like to dress in revealing clothing, and references are made to teen pregnancy. There's also lots of salty language ("damn," "bitch," "dumb ass") and references to stores like The Gap.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byflowerchild February 5, 2012

CRAPPY , negative, insidious

NEGATIVE, misleading, very sad scenes covered up with recorded laughs (trying to make it funny, when it's really sad) I strongly recomend you change chanel... Continue reading
Adult Written byLaGBa1 November 30, 2011

Awful!

This was a really stupid show. I only watched it because it was on after X Factor. I will not watch it again and I strongly recommend that anyone, with or witho... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 20, 2011

Super cool

I loved it super funny! and appropriate for all ages! My friends and I friends watch it all the time!!! So glad they made this show!!

What's the story?

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER stars Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran as Annie and Nikki, two divorced mothers who are struggling with their teenage daughters, Sophie (Kristi Lauren) and Mackenzie (Aisha Dee). To make up for their own difficult upbringings, these moms have allowed their daughters to get away with things and become spoiled brats. Their indulgent fathers, Matt (Eric Sheffer Stevens) and Gary (Chad Coleman), aren't very helpful when it comes to disciplining them, either. Only Matt's brother, Uncle Jack (Kevin Rahm), and the girls' obnoxious high school principal, Deanna Diego (Rosa Blasi), are willing to point out the necessity of taking a tough stance when teaching the two girls right from wrong. Tough love doesn't come easy to the women, but they continue to look for ways to teach their daughters some lessons while coping with their obnoxious behavior.

Is it any good?

The series attempts to take a humorous look at the challenges that come with raising teenage daughters. But what it really does is center on adults who love their daughters but are unwilling to take a tough stance with their children when necessary. The show pits the mothers against the daughters and shows how easily the girls resort to disrespect, insults, and even lying to get what they want while their moms beg them to listen, behave, and/or love them. Meanwhile, their fathers prefer to placate their girls rather than face the conflicts that inevitably arise from setting strict disciplinary boundaries.

Granted, the moms often find ways to get back at their daughters for their sneaky behavior, but the problem is that it's often done in a way that's secretive and passive-aggressive. As a result, the young women never appear to understand (or care that much about) the consequences of their actions, and lessons never seem to be learned. Some viewers may find all of this relatable and funny, but the underlying message the show is sending about parent-teen relationships isn't so rosy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Sophie and Mackenzie's negative behavior. Why is what they do inappropriate? Why aren't their parents more willing to be strict with them?

  • Do you think featuring these kinds of parent-teen relationships on a comedy series is intended to serve as a warning to both kids and parents? Or does it encourage negative behavior by making it seem funny without highlighting the negative consequences that will come as a result?

  • What would be the real-life consequences of some of the behavior featured on the show?

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For kids who love comedy

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