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Last Man Standing

Sitcom mixes family-friendly themes with stereotypes.
Popular with kids
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the importance of strong father-daughter relationships. It also contains sexist stereotypes about the role of men, which often includes homophobic references.

Positive role models

Despite Mike's sexism and homophobic opinions, he is a good father, grandfather, and husband.

Violence

Some mild arguing breaks out between the Baxter girls and their dad. Guns are discussed, and hunting weapons like cross-bows are visible. Mike sometimes jokingly threatens violence against his co-workers using hunting gear, but never acts on it.

Sex

The girls date; one daughter is a single mother. Contains references to getting pregnant and slang like "tramp stamp." Some innuendo that might go over kids' heads.

Language

Includes words like "crap" and "hell."

Consumerism

Occasional references to popular books, films and TV, including Harry Potter, Toy Story, Avatar, and Glee.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking (wine, beer) visible. On rare occasions references are made to drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy series features themes like the importance of family, father-daughter relationships, teen pregnancy, single parenthood, and dating. Jokes contain sexist stereotypes and occasional homophobic references, and the language can get a little salty ("hell," "crap").

What's the story?

The comedy series LAST MAN STANDING features Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, an adventure-loving marketing director for an outdoor sporting goods store. When Mike's boss (played by Hector Elizondo) refuses to send him on anymore fun marketing trips until he revamps the company website, he finds himself spending more time at home struggling to relate to his three daughters, including 22-year old single mom Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), his ultra girly 17-year old Mandy (Molly Ephraim), and 14-year old soccer-playing tomboy Eve (Kaitlyn Dever). Being a more hands-on dad leads to lots of mishaps, but luckily his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) helps put everything into perspective.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series offers some positive messages about family, fatherhood, and the importance of learning how to be part of grown kids' lives. It also underscores the parental struggle between trying to teach daughters to be independent, and the desire to see them married with children.

It's likable and family friendly, but thanks to Allen's reliance on his trademark male-oriented jokes to get a laugh, it sometimes looks and feels like an updated version of his original series, Home Improvement. It also contains a fair amount of male stereotyping (and occasionally homophobic) humor. But if you can see past this, it can provide some fun entertainment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about father-daughter relationships. Are there really differences between the way daughters relate to their fathers vs. the way sons do? What about relating with mothers?

  • Are sexist and/or stereotypical jokes ever appropriate, even if some folks find humor in them? Why or why not?

TV details

Premiere date:October 11, 2011
Cast:Hector Elizondo, Nancy Travis, Tim Allen
Network:ABC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMaya16 July 20, 2015

2nd best modern day sitcom

This is the funniest modern day sitcom behind the middle. It has similar themes from home improvement.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjustme21 August 12, 2014

Good for mature tweens

The main plot shows good characters and positive role models over all. Characters are shown making mistakes and coping with the consequences in a suitable fashion. I have enjoyed this show since I was eleven, and I think that it is an okay show to watch if you're a MATURE tween. If not, probably wait until high school age. There are some mentions of beer/alcohol, an underage teen goes to a club with her older sister, and a thirteen year old has three tequila poppers in one episode. Sexual references are frequent (though mostly mild, and would go over children's heads) and one character has a son when she is seventeen, although is able to adequately raise him with the help of her family. The language is also iffy sometimes, several uses of "Son of a b!tch, SOB, damn, hell, crap and suck" as well as some implied swearing with clever noise cover ups in the background. Overall, this show shows the importance of family with good role models, great morals and isn't something that you should be worried about your teen watching.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Parent Written bydoraya October 20, 2011

Disney should be ashamed for their promotional tactics!

I was very disappointed in Disney/ABC. They have been advertising this show like crazy on the Disney channel so I thought it would be like The Middle, appropriate for the entire family. It was NOT child appropriate at all. There were sexual references homosexual references, and other inappropriate themes for young children.
What other families should know
Too much sex