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 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").
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?