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Kevin Can Wait
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kevin Can Wait is a sitcom that has fun with the ups and downs of a man's midlife years, early retirement, and family woes. There's some verbal jabbing between a husband and wife and the implication that he doesn't always hold up his end of family responsibilities, but there are also moments that show him to be willing to sacrifice his own wants for his wife and kids. Expect to see a lot of alcohol consumption among adults, and an engaged couple lives together without wedding plans. This series is the first of its kind to be filmed in star Kevin James' native Long Island, so there are also some local references to eateries, sports teams, and other local landmarks.
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What's the story?
KEVIN CAN WAIT stars Kevin James as recently retired police officer Kevin Gable anticipating living the good life of hanging out with his buddies and spending more time with his wife, Donna (Erinn Hayes), and their three kids now that his career is over. But life immediately throws him a series of curveballs, starting with his daughter Kendra's (Taylor Spreitler) announcement of her engagement and her plans to leave college to support her aspiring tech genius fiancé. Now Kevin must reassess his plans for his golden years.
Is it any good?
James' impressive talents aren't enough to distinguish this sitcom that repackages setups all too familiar to anyone who's watched a family-centric comedy of late. A goofy, overgrown-kid husband; a long-suffering, hardworking wife; and kids whose problems always manage to reach a comfortable ending by the show's 30-minute time limit -- none of it is original enough to make this show a must-see.
Even so, there's a certain comfort to Kevin Can Wait that's reminiscent of a well-worn pair of jeans; you know exactly what to expect, and they're not going to get a lot of attention, but they're satisfying just the same. Especially for viewers who can relate to the characters' specific stage of midlife, there are some laughs -- and a few warm fuzzies -- in this otherwise mundane series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how TV shows such as this one portray marriage and family life. Do the characters ever deal with real issues in a real way? How does the show's time constraints influence what we see them say and do under pressure and how problems get resolved?
What accounts for some celebrities' success? How has social media changed how we assign celebrity status? Have you seen Kevin James' other work? How does this show stand up to it?
Does this series make light of potentially serious scenarios? Where is the line between comedy and reality? Are you ever offended by comedy styles you see or hear? Is offensiveness something that should be considered, or should anything go in this genre?