Parents' Guide to

Instant Mom

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Funny family sitcom appeals to older kids and adults.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 17+

Suggestive content

A particular episode caught my attention. Was not in the room while it was being watched but I heard enough to grab my attention. In the particular episode, Steph's mom fell for some clergyman. Around the end of the episode, she tells him how all the family's fallen and in need of help, to which he responds that he'll probably need to lay hands. She then responds along the lines of "you can lay 'em wherever you want". Tsk tsk tsk, Nick.
age 6+

How can a daughter hit a father?!

I was surprised to see this episode that the daughter was upset that the parents trailed her to a hotel party. She used the stethoscope to hit her father quite a number of times as she was upset about him. I am not sure what is the show trying to tell the youngsters? The message is definitely not healthy. I asked my 6 years old son if that is correct. He replied it is ok! I am so shocked and have to explain to him that no matter how angry a child is, he/she cannot and should not hit the parents. I used to like to watch this program with my 6 years old son. I think I have to allow him to watch only I am watching with him in the future, or don't like him watch at all if such scenes continue.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Instant Mom is a funny family sitcom with a little something for everyone. Kids are sure to chuckle over the siblings' antics that may or may not reflect what goes on in their own homes. Be it Gabby's attempts to shed childhood and become a full-fledged teen (much to her father's chagrin) or James' ploys to turn a profit on others' needs, there's never a dull moment in this household. Parents, on the other hand, may take a different view, empathizing with inexperienced Stephanie and her trial by fire of her savvy step-kids.

The show is predictably fluffy and presents a very sanitary view of life. No one's problems are particularly stressful, and every loose end is neatly tied up by the show's culmination, in keeping with the sitcom tradition. Still, there are some feel-good takeaways that reflect the bonds of families of all sizes and shapes, and the characters (both kids and adults alike) do learn something from the chaos they live through. All in all, this is not a bad choice for families looking for a show to enjoy together. Given the frequent allusions to the parents' bedroom play, though, it's best to wait until the little kids are asleep.

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