Just Roll with It

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Just Roll with It TV Poster Image
Family-friendly themes, laughs sell sitcom/improv series.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "hate," as in a character stating "I hate that."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

Wondering if Just Roll with It is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byprincesscupcake683 July 28, 2019

Anyone older than 12 will probably not like this show

I'm turning 21 in a few months and I'm not the target audience for this show, but that doesn't mean Disney Channel shouldn't at least try to... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJandrade2003 March 9, 2020
Good Show, the only like LOL bits not laugh so much scenes is when the audience have to pick to what happens to them in scenes. I think that it's so much f... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKayla2743 October 4, 2019

Rolling to roll

This is a good show.

What's the story?

JUST ROLL WITH IT centers on the Bennett-Blatt family -- newlywed parents Rachel (Suzi Barrett) and Byron (Tobie Windham), and their respective tweens, Blair (Kaylin Hayman) and Owen (Ramon Reed) -- as they muddle through the ups and downs of step-parent and step-sibling relationships. With four distinctly different personalities under one roof, expecting the unexpected is just how this family rolls, but that takes on a whole new meaning when the sitcom's studio audience gets to decide what happens next in the story! As the cast is dealt several surprises (unexpected guests, messy scenarios, etc.), they must adapt to them and quickly get back on track to keep the story rolling.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Just Roll with It tries to say about families and family relationships. In what ways do Rachel and Byron present a united parenting front for their kids? How are their challenges unique to blended families? Do their problems (and solutions) seem realistic?

  • Kids: What value is there in seeing racial/religious/gender diversity in the media you consume? What messages does Just Roll with It send related to diversity? Should achieving diversity be a top priority for those who create TV shows and movies? Why or why not?

  • How do Rachel and Byron demonstrate their commitment to tolerance and communication in their relationships with each other and with their kids? Can you love someone and disagree with him or her at the same time? When have you been faced with this challenge in your life? What is the difference between agreeing with someone and respecting their right to disagree with you?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love comedy

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate