Man with a Plan

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Stay-at-home dad figures it out in goofy parenting comedy.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Dads can raise kids as well as moms; working together is important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adam and Andi Morris are committed parents. 

Violence

Occasional yelling, arguments. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation.

Language

"Jackass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, beer drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Man with a Plan is a sitcom about a man whose wife returns to work, making him the primary caregiver for his kids. It features some strong sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation. The word "jackass" is audible, as is, on occasion, some arguing and yelling. Adult drinking (wine, beer) is visible. 

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Parent Written bynuenjins March 19, 2020

Pretty standard fair, Matt definitely carries the show though.

This is NOT about a "stay at home dad" like the CS reveiwer said. I mean, did you even WATCH the show? The guy is a construction contractor. ( My mind... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byGabriel G. December 20, 2019

Ótimo para Familias

Envolve tramas familiares, com crianças e adolescente, tema muito bom, e comédia na medida certa, pode ser assistido em famílias, algumas conotações sexuais mas... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat April 27, 2020

Good show but doesn’t hold my interest very well.

i started watching this show a little while ago. Its definitely not as good as Young Sheldon (a favorite of mine) it can be pretty hard to understand and I’ve b... Continue reading

What's the story?

MAN WITH A PLAN is a comedy series about what happens when a dad is called upon to be more involved in his children's lives. When Andi Burns (Liza Snyder) goes back to work after staying at home with the kids for 13 years, Adam Burns (Matt LeBlanc), a self-employed contractor, is forced to spend more time with daughters Kate (Grace Kaufman) and Emme (Hala Finley) and his son Teddy (Matthew McCann). Being more involved with the day-to-day lives of their messy, internet-addicted children means that he has to be a tougher father figure, an active classroom volunteer, and ready to help with the challenges of growing up. He also must rely on his brother and business partner, Don (Kevin Nealon). It can be difficult and complicated, but with the help of friends like Marie (Jessica Chaffin) and Lowell (Matt Cook), Adam gets more comfortable with his new role. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted, sometimes stereotypical series highlights the fact that families are changing. It uses humor to underscore the different challenges families face and how they adapt together. Man with a Plan has its share of silly moments, but the series presents fathers in a positive light and emphasizes that both parents have to work hard to keep the family happy, healthy, and safe while trying to find balance for themselves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gender stereotypes in Man with a Plan. Does it matter which parent goes to work and which one stays home? What's it like in your family? 

  • Families can also talk about change. What kinds of changes do the kids on this show have to adapt to? What about the parents?

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