Mad About You



Domestic humor fine for young teens and up.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The comedy depicts relatable marital and family issues, from dealing with pressure from work to deciding to have a baby to managing relationships with in-laws. Everything is very upbeat and generally positive.

Positive role models

Paul and Jamie are a loving couple with normal relationship ups and downs. They strive to do their best even if they bicker and disagree regularly. Family members are generally supportive but played for laughs. One character is gay. No racial diversity.

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Funny, vague references to sex within a committed relationship.


Occasional "hell" or "damn."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this '90s sitcom about a married couple sometimes includes discussion about adult relationship issues like sex or parenting. But these topics are handled with light humor, and nothing ever gets graphic. When Paul and Jamie fight, things can be a little tense, but it never lasts long. A supporting character is gay, and occasional episodes include accepting-but-awkward discussion of same-sex relationships. One character struggles with psychological issues, including an eating disorder, but these subjects are mostly played for laughs.

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What's the story?

MAD ABOUT YOU was a long-running 1990s sitcom that followed the lives of New York City marrieds Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt). The Buchmans live a comfortable life in Manhattan. Paul is a documentary filmmaker, and Jamie works in public relations. The show is based around the pair having to work out trivial domestic disputes -- with the occasional bigger issue popping up. On the periphery of Paul and Jamie's lives are their quirky family members and friends. Jamie's sister Lisa (Anne Ramsay) is crabby and forever in therapy dealing with her eating disorder, her jealousy of Jamie, and other myriad issues related to her and Jamie's parents (their mother is played by Carol Burnett). Ira Buchman (John Pankow) is Paul's cousin from Brooklyn who keeps him connected to his roots and sometimes reminds him what single life was like, for better or worse.

Is it any good?


While Mad About You is certainly aimed at adults, parents will find very little to worry about if teens choose to watch (though chances are most younger folks will be bored by the adult shenanigans). The Buchmans often model passive-aggressive communication, and Paul plays the childlike half of the couple to Jamie's tsk-tsking grown-up, but otherwise the series' humor is innocuous and charming.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. What makes a healthy relationship? What kind of good and bad dynamics do teens and adults see in the main characters' relationship? Do any of these dynamics seem familiar? What creates chemistry between couples? Are the main characters people you would like to hang out with -- why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Helen Hunt, John Pankow, Paul Reiser
Networks:Nickelodeon, Oxygen, Syndicated
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Educator and Parent of an infant and 4 year old Written bysagira April 9, 2008

A fun comedy poking fun at marriage and domestic life

Mad About You was a great show focusing around the marriage between two ordinary people. Their problems are often very ordinary, but with hilarious consequences or results. Their love for each other shows, and they always end up together in the end. Or do they? It's a funny, heartwarming, show that deserved its long running time.


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