A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Series centers on racially diverse blended family and shows married couple resolving issues (e.g., different parenting styles) with communication and dedication to mutual understanding. Rachel's and Byron's personalities challenge gender stereotypes: Rachel is ex-military and tough as nails, Byron is easygoing, creative, much more laid back. When Blair pushes boundaries, she learns there are consequences, eventually takes responsibility. A recurring character's obesity is indirect brunt of laughs in scenes that show him eating excessive portions.
Positive Role Models
Show's format, which lets studio audience determine plot twists at designated points in the story, challenges the actors to adapt to the unexpected, which they do remarkably well. Rachel and Byron are devoted parents who work hard to unify their differing parenting styles. Blair's rebellious nature is at the heart of the plot, but she generally learns from her mistakes. Owen is high-strung, intense, but has solid goals and expectations for himself.
Rarely "hate," as in a character stating "I hate that."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Roll with It is a hybrid sitcom/improvisational comedy series that centers on a blended family. At pivotal points in the plot, a horn sound directs the actors to stop; studio audience members then vote electronically for what will happen when the scene restarts. This format emphasizes the actors' ability to adapt to changing circumstances and perform under pressure. Also prominent in the story are diversity and strong family themes, especially as they relate to blended families and step-parent/step-sibling relationships. Expect to see some mild rebellion from one of the kids, who usually learns a valuable lesson from her missteps. This highly enjoyable series tackles relatable issues of family relationships with honesty, heart, and many laughs.
Is It Any Good?
This unique sitcom/improvisational series plays out a little like the Choose Your Own Adventure books, except that the cast hands over control of their fate to the entire audience. It's a brave endeavor that yields a lot of laughs, but it can be a bit jarring to the fluidity of the story. Even so, the interruptions are fairly minimal (typically three or so per episode), and the cast does a capable job of rolling with what befalls them.
What impresses even more than the show's comic shtick is Just Roll with It's strong family-related themes of communication, responsibility, and forgiveness. As a blended family, the characters encounter their share of bumps in the road -- conflicting parenting styles, a kid's manipulative rebellion, and so on -- but they're dedicated to making their relationships work and they meet their challenges head on. This exceedingly pleasant series is a fun pick for families looking for something a little different from the typical sitcom.
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