A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series makes light of the flawed nature of family life and the struggles of blended families. Nobody's perfect, and mistakes and misbehavior always have consequences, even if they pack less of a punch here than they do in the real world. Through compromise and patience, family can be the greatest source of strength.
Positive Role Models
Being a full-time mom isn't what Stephanie signed up for, as she often reminds her husband. Adjusting to her new role is stressful, but she quickly makes it her priority and does her best. Her naivete at times allows the kids to manipulate her, which they do for their own gain. When they need guidance, though, they have two caring parents (and, to some degree, a grandparent figure).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple cuddles and kisses in bed, usually with the woman dressed in lingerie. Dialogue suggests that sex will follow, with the partners exchanging come-ons such as, "Do you want to get this?"
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"Butt" and "Oh, my God" are as strong as it gets.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine at home to relax, especially when they're stressed out over one kid or another. Stephanie's mom often pushes drinking for this purpose as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Instant Mom is a mostly family-friendly sitcom that has fun with typical family issues like sibling spats, teen rebellion, and the frustrations of parenting. Kids' and parents' missteps usually have consequences (though they're less serious than they'd be in the real world), and love is always shown to conquer all. Expect some mild foreplay in the parents' bedroom (lingerie, suggestive comments, and some cuddling) and a fair amount of grown-up drinking, especially when the stresses of parenting prove too much for stepmom Stephanie.
Is It Any Good?
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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