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Man with a Plan
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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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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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